• WordNet 3.6
    • v surpass 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 surpass move past "A black limousine passed by when she looked out the window","He passed his professor in the hall","One line of soldiers surpassed the other"
    • v surpass be greater in scope or size than some standard "Their loyalty exceeds their national bonds"
    • v surpass distinguish oneself "She excelled in math"
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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.
    • v. t Surpass To go beyond in anything good or bad; to exceed; to excel. "This would surpass Common revenge and interrupt his joy."
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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.
    • surpass To exceed; excel; go beyond in any way or respect.
    • surpass To go beyond or past; exceed; overrun.
    • surpass Synonyms To outdo, outstrip, outrun, transcend, overtop, beat.
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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.
    • v.t Surpass sur-pas′ to pass beyond: to exceed: to excel: to go past in space
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. surpasser,; sur, over + passer, to pass. See Sur-, and Pass
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. surpasser, sur—L. super, beyond, passer, to pass.


In literature:

Her genius as a tragedienne surpassed her talent as a singer.
"Great Singers, First Series" by George T. Ferris
The immense power, purity, and sweetness of his voice probably have never been surpassed.
"Great Singers, Second Series" by George T. Ferris
The inside almost surpasses any thing of the kind I have seen.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Three" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
In lightness, rapidity, freedom and ease of motion, it has not been, and cannot be, surpassed.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
They far surpass anything we could have believed of them.
"First Impressions of the New World" by Isabella Strange Trotter
In points like this Ferrari cannot be surpassed.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
But he surpassed both of the men just named in that he had a tender, sympathetic heart.
"Little Journeys To The Homes Of Great Teachers" by Elbert Hubbard
The taste and richness of this costume surpasses description!
"Continental Monthly , Vol IV, Issue VI, December 1863" by Various
Shelley does not surpass this.
"Platform Monologues" by T. G. Tucker
But even this success was soon surpassed.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury

In poetry:

Then I think of the pair
Horses might not surpass
The dam and her foal,
The white ass and brown ass.
"Asses" by Padraic Colum
But viewing Myra placed apart,
I fear, says she, I fear,
Appelles, that Sir Godfrey's art
Has far surpass'd thine here:
"The Judgement Of Venus" by Matthew Prior
Thou know'st I am no "queen divine"
With sunbeams in my hair,
But just a simple brown-tressed maid
And not surpassing fair.
"Chloe's Song" by Ethel Clifford
Ah, me! my words are weak,
This task surpasses me;
Dead soldiers! rise from your graves and speak,
And tell how you loved Lee.
"Sentinel Songs" by Abram Joseph Ryan
While a thousand freer lasses,
Who their youth and charms employ,
Though your beauty theirs surpasses,
Live in far more perfect joy.
"Songs Set To Music: 19. Set" by Matthew Prior
The music of three thoughts became The beauty, that is one white flame,
The justice that surpasses shame,
The victory, the splendour,
The sacred fountain that is whirled
From depths beyond that older world
A new world to engender.
"The Quest" by Aleister Crowley

In news:

Archer Daniels Midland Now #175 Largest Company, Surpassing Equity Residential.
Time Warner Cable Now #103 Largest Company, Surpassing Lockheed Martin.
Gilead Sciences Now #55 Largest Company, Surpassing MasterCard.
Linear Technology Now #347 Largest Company, Surpassing Stericycle.
IPhone 5 sales above 5 million, Apple says, surpassing iPhone 4S.
Hudson City Bancorp Now #450 Largest Company, Surpassing Integrys Energy Group.
Abercrombie & Fitch Now #474 Largest Company, Surpassing Bemis.
Allegheny Technologies Now #456 Largest Company, Surpassing Zions Bancorporation.
Hospira Now #405 Largest Company, Surpassing Iron Mountain.
Now #360 Largest Company, Surpassing NiSource.
Roper Industries Now #288 Largest Company, Surpassing Republic Services.
The Market for Wireless Power Systems Will Triple Over the Next 8 Years, Surpassing $15 Billion by 2020.
Michigan Surpassing 48 States Shows Autos Drive US Recovery.
Richard M Daley surpassed his father's time in office Sunday, becoming the longest-serving mayor of Chicago.
Social Services Commended For Surpassing Goals.

In science:

With respect to its size, NT-200 has been surpassed by the AMANDA detector .
Astrophysical Neutrino Telescopes
STEREO surpasses previous missions by providing a 3-D view of CME structure from two vantage points.
CME observations from STEREO
See for an alternative non-binned approach that try to surpass this limitation by introducing a model-dependent cost function, incorporating properties of the source emission process.
An unbinned test for Quantum Gravity effects in high-energy light-curves
However, when the sparsity is moderated to c = 0.45, the proposed test starts to surpass the FDR and Bonferroni procedures.
A two-sample test for high-dimensional data with applications to gene-set testing
Once the HII regions grow to surpass the mfp, the absorbers add to the large-scale 21-cm power.
The distribution of Lyman-limit absorption systems during and after reionization