• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Superfluence Superfluity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n superfluence Superfluity; more than is necessary.
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  • Plutarch
    “Nothing is cheap which is superfluous, for what one does not need, is dear at a penny.”
  • Michelangelo
    “Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.”
  • Seneca
    “It is the superfluous things for which men sweat.”
  • Ingrid Bergman
    Ingrid Bergman
    “A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “If a man needs an elaborate tombstone in order to remain in the memory of his country, it is clear that his living at all was an act of absolute superfluity.”
  • Voltaire
    “The superfluous is very necessary.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. superfluens, p. pr. of superfluere, to flow or run over. See Superfluous


In literature:

Shall we say that he is "superfluous"?
"Stradella" by F(rancis) Marion Crawford
They will find them superfluous.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
Wherefore, to my thinking, this thy going is superfluous.
"The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio" by Giovanni Boccaccio
Bodies, souls, gifts, superfluities, deficiencies, just pitched together anyhow.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
His disinterestedness has been likewise mentioned; a strain of heroism, which would have been in his condition romantick and superfluous.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson
If Mill really meant what Macaulay took him to mean, it would be superfluous to argue the question gravely.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
Here are no "superfluous activities," no desultory talk; Hamlet's preoccupation is one throughout.
"The Contemporary Review, January 1883" by Various
I did not offer, therefore, what must have been unwelcome when it was superfluous.
"The Crack of Doom" by Robert Cromie
The next step will be to get rid of the superfluous wood.
"The Repairing & Restoration of Violins" by Horace Petherick
What women by nature cannot do, it is quite superfluous to forbid them from doing.
"The Subjection of Women" by John Stuart Mill

In poetry:

Such fond superfluousness of strength
In wall and wood
As his half-wise, half-fearful eye
Deemed only good.
"Home For Love" by John Freeman
Great is the art of beginning, but greater the art is of ending;
Many a poem is marred by a superfluous verse.
"In The Harbour: Elegiac Verse" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
And I, obedient to thy will,
Have come a simple wreath to lay,
Superfluous, on a grave that still
Is sweet with all the flowers of May.
"Sumner" by John Greenleaf Whittier
She made her choice, the wedding bells rang clear;
The aged bridegroom figured in the Times.
The young man, after some superfluous beer,
Went forth to foreign climes.
"A Romance In The Rough" by Arthur Patchett Martin
But at a word you are nearer now than when
We sat and spoke, or merely looked and thought,
Knowing all speech superfluous then,
Since what we needed, silence brought;--
"The Thorn" by John Freeman
Where circling rocks defend some pathless vale,
Superfluous mortal! let me ever rove;
Alas! there Echo will repeat the tale—
Where shall I find the silent scenes I love?
"Elegy XVII. He Indulges the Suggestions of Spleen.-- An Elegy to the Winds" by William Shenstone

In news:

Netanyahu's Right to Back Away From Another Superfluous Bill.
Its red bean "crust" added little discernible flavor, but the preparation was hardly superfluous.
Steak superfluity at Bavette 's Bar & Boeuf.
Steak superfluity at Bavette's Bar & Boeuf .
Keen on streamlining its inventories and removing superfluous skus for a more focused offering, Burlington Coat Factory delivered robust EBITDA growth during its second quarter.
Perplexing Persistent Prevalence of 'Superfluous' Pigment Production.
And by the time 9News lawyers stepped in to protest copyright infringement, hundreds of people had posted their own Mentos geysers , making the original all but superfluous.
A survey published today in Science shows that journal editors often ask prospective authors to add superfluous citations of the journal to articles, and authors feel they can't refuse.
The superfluity of the internet has necessitated a sharpening of the virtue of discernment.
Less a bastardization than simply a watered-down and superfluous redo, Pusher faithfully mimics Nicolas Winding Refn's 1996 Danish crime saga while missing its nasty, grungy spirit.
Steak superfluity at Bavette's Bar & Boeuf.
The Star's recommendation Reject superfluous change to the Missouri Constitution.
RFID to Make Thousands of Jobs Superfluous .
Writer's facts about Man of Steel superfluous .
Nicole Kidman Sells Superfluous Pad In Starchitect's Perry Street Funhouse.

In science:

Like in case of liquid helium at conditions of superfluity, Bose- condensation in metals and semiconductors is related to increasing of concentration of the (a)-state of primary effectons with the lowest energy and a corresponding decreasing of concentrations of all other excitations.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
Normally, interaction of these proteins blocks signal paths TRAF6, RIP1 and RIP2 for prevention of the superfluous inflammatory response (Coll 2010) (Fig. 11).
Model of pathogenesis of psoriasis. Part 1. Systemic psoriatic process
In short, Barnes objections are largely superfluous.
Defending The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning
Superfluous warnings usually can be disabled; in Java this e.g. can be done by using so called annotations .
Improving the Technical Aspects of Software Testing in Enterprises
All the other galaxies which we see, are superfluous.
Cosmology from the Top Down