• WordNet 3.6
    • adj superior (often followed by `to') above being affected or influenced by "he is superior to fear","an ignited firework proceeds superior to circumstances until its blazing vitality fades"
    • adj superior (sometimes followed by `to') not subject to or influenced by "overcome by a superior opponent","trust magnates who felt themselves superior to law"
    • adj superior having a higher rank "superior officer"
    • adj superior of or characteristic of high rank or importance "a superior ruler"
    • adj superior of high or superior quality or performance "superior wisdom derived from experience","superior math students"
    • adj superior having an orbit farther from the sun than the Earth's orbit "Mars and Jupiter are the closest in of the superior planets"
    • adj superior written or printed above and to one side of another character
    • n superior a character or symbol set or printed or written above and immediately to one side of another character
    • n Superior a town in northwest Wisconsin on Lake Superior across from Duluth
    • n Superior the largest freshwater lake in the world; the deepest of the Great Lakes
    • n superior the head of a religious community
    • n superior one of greater rank or station or quality
    • n superior a combatant who is able to defeat rivals
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Manitoulin Island is the largest island in a fresh water lake. It is located in Canadian Lake Superior
    • Superior (Bot) Above the ovary; -- said of parts of the flower which, although normally below the ovary, adhere to it, and so appear to originate from its upper part; also of an ovary when the other floral organs are plainly below it in position, and free from it.
    • Superior (Bot) Belonging to the part of an axillary flower which is toward the main stem; posterior.
    • Superior Beyond the power or influence of; too great or firm to be subdued or affected by; -- with to. "There is not in earth a spectacle more worthy than a great man superior to his sufferings."
    • Superior Higher in rank or office; more exalted in dignity; as, a superior officer; a superior degree of nobility.
    • Superior Higher or greater in excellence; surpassing others in the greatness, or value of any quality; greater in quality or degree; as, a man of superior merit; or of superior bravery.
    • Superior More comprehensive; as a term in classification; as, a genus is superior to a species.
    • Superior More elevated in place or position; higher; upper; as, the superior limb of the sun; the superior part of an image.
    • Superior One who is above, or surpasses, another in rank, station, office, age, ability, or merit; one who surpasses in what is desirable; as, Addison has no superior as a writer of pure English.
    • Superior (Bot) Pointing toward the apex of the fruit; ascending; -- said of the radicle.
    • Superior (Eccl) The head of a monastery, convent, abbey, or the like.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Great Lakes are Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Superior, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.
    • superior More elevated in place; higher; upper: as, the superior limb of the sun: opposed to inferior.
    • superior In anatomy and zoology, upper in relative position or direction; uppermost with regard to something else: correlated with anterior, inferior, and posterior. The epithet was originally used in anatomical language to note the parts relatively so situated in man, and has caused much confusion in its extension to other animals, since that which is superior in man becomes anterior in must animals, and so on with the three correlated words. The tendency is now to replace these epithets with others not affected by the posture of the animal, as cephalic, caudal, dorsal, and ventral, with the corresponding adverbs ending in -ad.
    • superior In botany: Placed higher, as noting the relative position of the calyx and ovary: thus, the ovary is superior when the calyx is quite free from it, as normally; the calyx is superior when from being adnate to the ovary it appears to spring from its top.
    • superior Next the axis; belonging to the part of an axillary flower which is toward the main stem. Also called posterior.
    • superior Pointing toward the apex of the fruit; ascending: said of the radicle.
    • superior Higher in rank or office; more exalted in dignity: as, a superior officer; a superior degree of nobility.
    • superior Higher or greater in respect to some quality or property; possessed or manifested in a higher (or, absolutely, very high) degree: applied to persons and things, and to their qualities and properties; surpassing others in the greatness, goodness, extent, or value of any quality; in mathematics, greater.
    • superior Being beyond the power or influence of something; too great or firm to be subdued or affected by something; above: used only predicatively or appositively: with to: as, a man superior to revenge. Sometimes used sarcastically, as of an assumed quality, without to: as, he smiled with a superior air.
    • superior In logic, less in comprehension; loss determinate; having less depth, and consequently commonly wider.
    • superior Synonyms Paramount, surpassing, predominant.
    • n superior One who is superior to or above another; one who is higher or greater than another, as in social station, rank, office, dignity, power, or ability.
    • n superior Specifically The chief of a monastery, convent, or abbey.
    • n superior In Scots law, one who or whoso predecessor has made an original grant of heritable property on condition that the grantee, termed the vassal, shall annually pay to him a certain sum (commonly called feu-duty) or perform certain services.
    • n superior In printing, a small figure or letter standing above or near the top of the line, used as a mark of reference or for other purposes: thus, x, a; so back, back, and other homonyms as distinguished in this dictionary.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The largest body of fresh water in the world is Lake Superior.
    • adj Superior sū-pē′ri-or upper: higher in place, rank, or excellence: surpassing others: beyond the influence of: of wider application, generic:
    • n Superior one superior to others: the chief of a monastery, &c., and of certain churches and colleges:
    • adj Superior sū-pē′ri-or (print.) set above the level of the line
    • n Superior (Scots law) one who has made an original grant of heritable property to a tenant or vassal, on condition of a certain annual payment (feu-duty) or of the performance of certain services
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  • Orison Swett Marden
    “Superiority -- doing things a little better than anybody else can do them.”
  • Socrates
    “Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.”
  • Walt Whitman
    “Freedom -- to walk free and own no superior.”
  • Marianne Moore
    Marianne Moore
    “Superior people never make long visits.”
  • Don Shula
    Don Shula
    “The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames others.”
  • Confucius
    “The superior man is firm in the right way, and not merely firm.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., compar. of superus, being above, fr. super, above, over: cf. F. supérieur,. See Super-, and cf. Supreme


In literature:

F. Superior vena cava.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
In Paraguay they are considered superior to all other kinds and are smoked continuously without any seemingly ill effect.
"Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce" by E. R. Billings
Well, when I say you ought to choose, I except superior force and intimidation; for these are factors which destroy choice.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
Every advantage was taken of the superiority of English steel and ordnance.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
A superior Turkish officer.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Mock Superiors and Real Superiors.
"Past and Present" by Thomas Carlyle
All the keys, even that of the treasury, were politely laid out in the chamber of the superior.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
The French cavalry are almost universally fine men, much superior to the infantry in appearance.
"Travels in France during the years 1814-1815" by Archibald Alison
But upon the stately person of the Mother Superior the garb was regal.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Bentley was so immeasurably superior to all the other scholars of his time that few among them could discover his superiority.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay

In poetry:

At every tilt and turney he
Still bore away the prize,
For knightly feats superior still
And knightly courtesies.
"Rudiger - A Ballad" by Robert Southey
Who then that sees the purer gold,
The far superior prize,
The sacred jewel lodg'd within,
Would such a gift despise?
"The Advantages Of Resignation" by Elizabeth Bath
But, mighty God! thy palace shines
With far superior beams;
Thine angel guards are swift as winds,
Thy ministers are flames.
"Hymn 113" by Isaac Watts
Behold the woman's promised Seed!
Behold the great Messiah come!
Behold the prophets all agreed
To give him the superior room!
"Hymn 135" by Isaac Watts
The praise bestowed was just and wise;
He sprang impetuous forth,
Secure of conquest, where the prize
Attends the superior worth.
"On The Promotion Of Edward Thurlow, Esq. To The Lord High Chancellorship Of England" by William Cowper
The warmest blessings which a muse can give,
And when this transitory state is o'er,
When kingdoms fall, and fleeting Fame's no more,
May Amory triumph in immortal fame,
A nobler title, and superior name!
"To the Rev. Dr. Thomas Amory" by Phillis Wheatley

In news:

Former Ringgold High football standout Martez Eastland was acquitted of eight felony charges in Catoosa County Superior Court.
Superior Court judge Ralph Van Pelt presided over the trial in which Eastland was accused of assaulting four men with his vehicle in 2011.
In this Jan 15, 1993 file photo, Robert Kosilek sits in Bristol County Superior Court in New Bedford on trial for the May 1990 murder of his wife, Cheryl Kosilek.
AP File Photo In this Jan 15, 1993 file photo, Robert Kosilek, aka Michelle Kosilek, sits in Bristol County Superior Court, in New Bedford, Mass.
Superior defense, running leads Notre Dame to win over Navy in Dublin.
According to a lawsuit filed last week in San Francisco Superior Court, the seat left its driver with a two-year erection .
Tech- Etch specializes in the etching , forming, heat treating, and finishing of components made from metals with superior spring characteristics.
Patterson joins Superior Extrusion Inc.
Superior Court Three Pemberton Square Boston, MA 02108 617 788-8130 Born: June 13, 1955, Boston Year admitted to bar: 1981 Year appointed/elected: 1996, by Gov William F Weld.
Lloyd, Wallace vie for superior court seat.
The selection committee chose Adam from a pool of 350 fencers based on his "superior athletic, scholastic & community service achievements.".
Cindy Lee Garcia, right, one of the actresses in "Innocence of Muslims," and attorney M. Cris Armenta hold a news conference before a hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court in Los Angeles, Thursday, Sept 20, 2012.
Employees with Superior Demolition dismantled the training tower at Lexington's Fire Training Center on Old Frankfort Pike on Oct 8.
Superior Native Olson Leads First Period Onslaught.
Superior native Brett Olson scored the first of four first period Michigan Tech goals on Saturday night, as the HuskIes took a 4-0 lead over the #1-ranked UMD men's hockey team.

In science:

We consider the case involving the superior limit M (the other one is completely analogous).
Classification on the average of random walks
For initial masses superior to about 50 M⊙ , the rotating tracks show drastically reduced MS bandwidths.
Stellar evolution with rotation X: Wolf-Rayet star populations at solar metallicity
Except for the models with initial masses superior to 85 M⊙ , the He–burning lifetimes are decreased by rotation.
Stellar evolution with rotation X: Wolf-Rayet star populations at solar metallicity
While exiting the superior half-plane at point P’, the velocity will change to a final ~v .
A Simple Signal of Noncommutative Space
We have demonstrated its superiority to both the method of exponentially weighted moving averages and the uniformly-weighted random-matrix-theory-based filtering.
Exponential Weighting and Random-Matrix-Theory-Based Filtering of Financial Covariance Matrices for Portfolio Optimization