• WordNet 3.6
    • n surmounter someone who overcomes and establishes ascendancy and control by force or persuasion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Surmounter One who, or that which, surmounts.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n surmounter One who or that which surmounts, in any sense.
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  • Epictetus
    “The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Mountains cannot be surmounted except by winding paths.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.”
  • Anthony Robbins
    “Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.”
  • Louis Kossuth
    Louis Kossuth
    “It is surmounting difficulties that makes heroes.”


In literature:

Under the stone eagle that surmounts the centre gable is the date 1630.
"Wanderings in Wessex" by Edric Holmes
But all too soon my progress was barred; once under the cliff I found only a gradual slope and many obstacles to go round or surmount.
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey
The church has a W. tower surmounted by a good spire, a rare feature in Somerset.
"Somerset" by G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
A lighthouse of the nineteenth century is a high cylinder of masonry, surmounted by scientifically constructed machinery for throwing light.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
Nevertheless, by degrees his genius helps one to surmount his realism.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 15, No. 90, June, 1875" by Various
Still I felt a certain degree of pleasure, which I invariably do when I have happily surmounted any difficulty.
"Beethoven's Letters 1790-1826, Volume 1 of 2" by Lady Wallace
Wogan followed the old man across the lawn and round a corner of the house until he came to a long, low building surmounted by a cupola.
"Clementina" by A.E.W. Mason
Of the spires which surmount these towers that on the south is by far the more elegant.
"The Cathedral Church of Peterborough" by W.D. Sweeting
A brown sun-bonnet, surmounting a tall, gaunt figure, came in sight.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XII. No. 31. October, 1873." by Various
On the summit we found snow hundreds of feet deep, and apparently as hard as the rock which it surmounted.
"Christopher Carson" by John S. C. Abbott

In poetry:

And many justs and turnaments
Whereto were many prest,
Wherein some knights did farr excell,
And eke surmount the rest.
"Sir Lancelot Du Lake" by Thomas Percy
No bluer, calmer sky surmounted
The city of my dream,
And what few trees could then be counted
Did full as gracious seem.
"Two Visions" by Alfred Austin
And as the moon surmounts the trees,
They gain the sentried door,
And faintly to Fitzgibbon she
Unfolds her tale once more.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
My thoughts surmount these lower skies,
And look within the veil;
There springs of endless pleasure rise,
The waters never fail.
"Hymn 162" by Isaac Watts
Though darkness may thy light obscure,
And storms surmount thy calms,
Day yield to night, and thou be poor,
Thy Husband yet has alms.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
Surmounting these were Forms forbidding
Some strife about the Flood;
Since in such points divine unthridding
Shed had been human blood.
"Two Visions" by Alfred Austin

In news:

And like Amundsen, who relied on innovation and technology to surmount a harsh environment, Bramble 's contribution is key to the trip's success.
LOS ANGELES—After slowly surmounting a key obstacle, the space shuttle Endeavour maintained a heading Saturday through the streets of Los Angeles toward its retirement home at a museum.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Slowly surmounting a key obstacle, the shuttle Endeavour maintained a heading Saturday through the streets of Los Angeles toward its retirement home at a museum.
"It seems like all the objections to the dome are surmountable, except the size," he said.
Tools and Techniques Surmount the Multi-core Challenge.
EU Backs Italy's Monti, Says Challenges Are Huge, But Surmountable .
With banks, businesses, and homeowners hanging by a thread from last year's credit crisis, the 2009 12th annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit has quite a challenge to surmount.
Supporters of Proposition 37, the genetically engineered food labeling initiative, are calling their defeat at the polls a surmountable setback.
Surmounting the psychological barriers that divide us.
Nonetheless, OLPC is working with Peru to surmount this obstacle.—Dave Prochnow.
Job- seekers have a similar challenge to surmount, but only one shot (per employer) to surmount it.
The election's outcome was foreshadowed by Mitt Romney struggling as long as he did to surmount a notably weak field of Republican rivals.
So that tax advantage would have to be surmounted if another company were to come and make an offer.
France was unable to surmount the three major setbacks in its final Group C game against Italy Tuesday, writes Cedric Rouquette at
Difficulties exist to be surmounted.

In science:

As the temperature is lowered, the system is unable to surmount the highest energy barriers and therefore is forced to sample deep minima.
Monte-Carlo rejection as a tool for measuring the energy landscape scaling of simple fluids
We connect the evolution of the diffusion fronts with the events in which the particle escapes from deep traps or surmounts large barriers.
Duality between random trap and barrier models
MICROMEGAS consists of a conductive mesh held a few tens of micrometers above a segmented anode plane, defining the amplification gap, surmounted by a cathode defining the drift gap.
MICROMEGAS chambers for hadronic calorimetry at a future linear collider
The topological approach to quantum computation proposes to surmount this obstacle by using special physical systems – non-Abelian topologically ordered phases of matter – that would provide intrinsic fault-tolerance at the hardware level.
A Blueprint for a Topologically Fault-tolerant Quantum Computer
This physically secure and classically safe channel (in the sense of not cracking say, RSA codes should all the physical protection procedures be surmounted) is a boon to the transmission of sensitive information such as inter-bank money transfer or military information.
Secure Quantum Communication and Superluminal Signalling on the Bell Channel