• WordNet 3.6
    • v surmount be or do something to a greater degree "her performance surpasses that of any other student I know","She outdoes all other athletes","This exceeds all my expectations","This car outperforms all others in its class"
    • v surmount get on top of; deal with successfully "He overcame his shyness"
    • v surmount reach the highest point of "We scaled the Mont Blanc"
    • v surmount be on top of "The scarf surmounted the gown"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Surmount To conquer; to overcome; as, to surmount difficulties or obstacles.
    • Surmount To rise above; to be higher than; to overtop. "The mountains of Olympus, Athos, and Atlas, overreach and surmount all winds and clouds."
    • Surmount To surpass; to exceed. "What surmounts the reach
      Of human sense I shall delineate."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • surmount To mount or rise above; overtop; excel; surpass.
    • surmount To mount up on; pass over by mounting.
    • surmount To place something over or upon.
    • surmount To overcome; pass over, as difficulties or obstacles; get the better of.
    • surmount To rise up; hence, to surpass; exceed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Surmount sur-mownt′ to mount above: to surpass: to overcome, get the better of
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sourmounten, OF. surmonter, sormonter, F. surmonter,; sur, over + monter, to mount. See Sur-, and Mount (v. i.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—sur (L. super), above, monter, to mount.


In literature:

Instead of rendering it the more annoying, by caprice and inequality of temper, why not endeavor to surmount it?
"Hortense, Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
One was surmounted by the "thunder-bird," a mythological combination of man and bird, who lives among the mountains.
"Life at Puget Sound: With Sketches of Travel in Washington Territory, British Columbia, Oregon and California" by Caroline C. Leighton
Then there were the high walls of custom and prejudice to surmount.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
The buttresses at the corner reach to the top of the parapet and have no surmounting pinnacle.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ripon" by Cecil Walter Charles Hallett
There was a bank of clay, some few feet high, and he could not round it at either end or surmount it in the middle.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
This is surmounted by a gilt iron work or "ti" on which little bells are hung.
"The Critic in the Orient" by George Hamlin Fitch
The gate-piers before this house are very fine, tall, and square, of mellowed red brick, surmounted by vases.
"Chelsea" by G. E. (Geraldine Edith) Mitton
His prominent gray eyes under rounded brows lighted up a long, oval face surmounted by a high, bald forehead.
"The Panchronicon" by Harold Steele Mackaye
In the centre of the facade rose a great building flanked by two wings surmounted by a roof in the form of a truncated triangle.
"The Works of Theophile Gautier, Volume 5" by Theophile Gautier
A lofty oil-well derrick surmounts the edge of the terrace a hundred yards below our camp.
"Afloat on the Ohio" by Reuben Gold Thwaites

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
Aeschylos: But where kings honor better men than they
Let kings be honored too.
The laurel crown
Surmounts the golden; wear it, and farewell.
"Aeschylos And Sophocles" by Walter Savage Landor
The smoke, like burning incense, tow'rs;
So should a praying heart of yours
With ardent cries
Surmount the skies.
Thus think, and smoke tobacco.
"Meditations on Smoking Tobacco; or, Smoking Spiritualized" by Ralph Erskine
The smoke, like burning incense, towers,
So should a praying heart of yours,
With ardent cries,
Surmount the skies.
Thus think, and smoke tobacco.
"Smoking Spiritualized" by Anonymous British
Who shall fulfil this boundless song?
The theme surmounts an angel's tongue:
How low, how vain are mortal airs,
When Gabriel's nobler harp despairs!
"Hymn 37 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Near to the lake, and surmounting the lawn,
Sculptured Undine sits facing the dawn;
White, on the rocks of the fountain below,
Glistens her form, like a statue of snow;
Smiling, she listens, entranced, to the call,
Sung so alluringly under my wall.
"Undine" by John Lawson Stoddard

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:

The test can be applied as soon as the number N of events to test surmounts ≈ 10.
A fast unbinned test on event clustering in Poisson processes
Solids often get stuck in long-lived metastable or jammed states because the energy barriers that need to be surmounted in order to get unstuck are much larger than kB T .
Arrested States of Solids
Activated dynamics in phase space leads to a maximum barrier surmounted in the time tw of magnitude ∆(tw , T ) = kB T ℓn(tw /τ0 ).
Finite Size Effects on Spin Glass Dynamics
The characteristic response time is set by the time it takes for the population in the states which have surmounted the highest barrier, D∆(tw ,T ) , to diffuse to the Hamming distance at the edge of the sink, DEz .
Finite Size Effects on Spin Glass Dynamics
Immediately after the time tw when the magnetic field is cut to zero, Eq. (3) specifies the maximum barrier height surmounted by the system.
Finite Size Effects on Spin Glass Dynamics