• WordNet 3.6
    • adj surpassing far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree "a night of exceeding darkness","an exceptional memory","olympian efforts to save the city from bankruptcy","the young Mozart's prodigious talents"
    • adj surpassing exceeding or surpassing usual limits especially in excellence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: American chocolate manufacturers use about 1.5 billion pounds of milk -only surpassed by the cheese and ice cream industries.
    • a Surpassing Eminently excellent; exceeding others. "With surpassing glory crowned."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: At the time of the U.S. Revolutionary War, Philadelphia was the second largest English-speaking city in the world, surpassed only by London.
    • surpassing Excelling in an eminent degree; greatly exceeding others; superior; extreme.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Books on religion outnumbered works of fiction by a 2 to 1 margin in 1870 England. Sixteen years later, novels surpassed religious works.
    • p.adj Surpassing passing beyond others: excellent in a high degree
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  • Lord Byron
    “He who surpasses or subdues mankind, must look down on the hate of those below.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “Man is the only creature that strives to surpass himself, and yearns for the impossible.”
  • Georges Clemenceau
    “A man's life is interesting primarily when he has failed -- I well know. For it's a sign that he tried to surpass himself.”
  • Ricki Lake
    Ricki Lake
    “I've surpassed any goal I set for myself as far as my body, my career, and getting married.”
  • Lord Byron
    “Who surpasses or subdues mankind, must look down on the hate of those below.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Know-how will surpass guess-how.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. surpasser, sur—L. super, beyond, passer, to pass.


In literature:

Is there anything more galling than the surpassing impudence of country flies?
"In the Footprints of the Padres" by Charles Warren Stoddard
Whatever the unexpected phenomena of the future, Jesus will never be surpassed.
"The Worlds Greatest Books, Volume XIII." by Various
Man for man they surpass any other troops on earth.
"Have faith in Massachusetts; 2d ed." by Calvin Coolidge
Living in an age of music, he wrote music that Shakespeare alone could equal and even Shakespeare could hardly surpass.
"The Art of Letters" by Robert Lynd
That these trials surpassed any that had hitherto ruffled the noiseless tenor of our way was a truism.
"The Siege of Kimberley" by T. Phelan
If anything in the world could surpass the pleasure, her pride surpassed it.
"The Lion's Share" by E. Arnold Bennett
The illustrations for this handsome volume have never been surpassed in grace and vigor.
"The Bay State Monthly, Vol. II, No. 6, March, 1885" by Various
Far surpass our world in reform movements.
"Life in a Thousand Worlds" by William Shuler Harris
O attendants, where, I pray, is the all-wretched Hecuba, who surpasses the whole race of man and woman kind in calamities?
"The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I." by Euripides
Could Hebrew or Arab hospitality surpass it?
"The Awakening of China" by W.A.P. Martin

In poetry:

He labour'd to bend it in vain;
It surpass'd all the strength of his years:
The brave boy full of anguish and pain,
Let it fall to the ground with his tears.
"The Lion" by William Hayley
I step across the mystic border-land,
And look upon the wonder-world of Art.
How beautiful, how beautiful its hills!
And all its valleys, how surpassing fair!
"I Step Across The Mystic Border-Land" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
III. Proud of thy sensient pow'rs, the breast
Of Emily, with rival pride,
Thou sought'st, but drooping there, confest
That sensient pow'r surpass'd, and died.
"The Sensitive Plant" by Sydney Owenson
Let us be thankful--not only because
Since last our universal thanks were told
We have grown greater in the world's applause,
And fortune's newer smiles surpass the old--
"Thanksgiving" by James Whitcomb Riley
But all the doctrine, which he taught and gave,
Was cleare as heav'n, from whence it came.
At least those beams of truth, which onely save,
Surpasse in brightnesse any flame.
"Divinitie" by George Herbert
"Then to the world it shall the truth proclaim
That Moomtaza surpassed all woman kind,
And I esteemed her more than gold or fame:
Thus cycles vast will find our names combined."
"The Taj Of Agra" by Joseph Horatio Chant

In news:

His crimes against his own people have surpassed what a civilized world can tolerate.
If fundraising dollars translated directly to votes, Sen Barack Obama would have the election wrapped up, as he continues to surpass his opponents.
Rappers 10/31 want to surpass the 130 toys they distributed last year.
Subway has surpassed McDonald's to become the world's largest restaurant chain in terms of units, the sandwich company confirmed Monday.
That surpasses totals recorded for the past 11 years dating to 2001 and the first eclipse of the 1-million gallon mark since 2007.
NLC surpassed a significant milestone last month with more than 100 cities now participating in the NLC Service Line Warranty Program.
Thailand to Surpass India as Top Rice Shipper on Stockpiles.
Pennsylvania's Devin Mesoraco surpassed him with his breakout senior season, but Grandal remains a potential front-line catcher.
Tiger Woods' chances of surpassing Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major titles were ruined by his extra-marital affairs, according to British golfing great Nick Faldo.
Central Market is creating theater with chocolate at a time when the decadent sweet has surpassed coffee as the top-selling specialty food, noted Louise Kramer, spokeswoman for the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, New York.
For the first time in American history the national debt surpassed $16 trillion.
The entire project is about 84 percent complete, which surpasses planners' goals.
This season's record ticket sales for La Mirada's Splash water park have surpassed 10,000.
McDonald's November Sales Surpass Estimates.
Shale Boom Puts America on Track to Surpass Saudi Arabia in Production by 2020.

In science:

Hence, intuitively the condensation transition occurs because the size of the local cluster in the planted model Hk (n, m, σ) surpasses the expected number E [Z ] of 2-colorings of Hk (n, m).
The condensation transition in random hypergraph 2-coloring
While Cui et al. prove that in one-hop schemes, and in the class of parent distributions with finite mean and variance, one cannot surpass the throughput scaling of order n1/3 , they leave the achievability part unanswered.
One-Hop Throughput of Wireless Networks with Random Connections
It is therefore possible that a multi-wavelength technique could allow for surpassing the standard quantum limit over a broad frequency band.
Multi-color Cavity Metrology
Theorem 5 surpasses m for sufficiently large h.
Matchings in Random Biregular Bipartite Graphs
It is surprising that this even surpasses the speed of the original program without sharing.
dup -- Explicit un-sharing in Haskell