Definitions of inferior

  1. falling short of some prescribed norm; " substandard housing"
  2. ( anatomy) lower than a given reference point; " inferior alveolar artery"
  3. a character or symbol set or printed or written beneath or slightly below and to the side of another character
  4. one of lesser rank or station or quality
  5. inferior in rank or status; " the junior faculty"; " a lowly corporal"; " petty officialdom"; " a subordinate functionary"
  6. of or characteristic of low rank or importance
  7. ( astronomy) having an orbit between the sun and the Earth's orbit; " Mercury and Venus are inferior planets"
  8. ( printing) written or printed below and to one side of another character
  9. having an orbit between the sun and the Earth's orbit; " Mercury and Venus are inferior planets"
  10. written or printed below and to one side of another character
  11. lower than a given reference point; " inferior alveolar artery"
  12. Lower in place, rank, excellence, etc.; less important or valuable; subordinate; underneath; beneath.
  13. Nearer the sun than the earth is; as, the inferior or interior planets; an inferior conjunction of Mercury or Venus.
  14. Below the horizon; as, the inferior part of a meridian.
  15. On the side of a flower which is next the bract; anterior.
  16. Junior or subordinate in rank; as, an inferior officer.
  17. A person lower in station, rank, intellect, etc., than another.
  18. Situated below some other organ; - said of a calyx when free from the ovary, and therefore below it, or of an ovary with an adherent and therefore inferior calyx.
  19. Lower in place, rank, or quality; secondary; between the earth and the sun; as, inferior planets.
  20. One who ranks below another.
  21. Lower in any respect: subordinate: secondary.
  22. One lower in rank or station: one younger than another.
  23. Inferiority.
  24. Lower in any respect; less.
  25. One who is lower in rank, age, or merit.
  26. One who is inferior; a subordinate.
  27. Lower in place, station, age, rank, & c.; subordinate; secondary; below; within the earth's orbit; under the ovary.
  28. One who is younger, or of a lower rank.
  29. Lower, as in station, rank, age, condition, excellence, or value; of second- rate quality; not the best; subordinate; in bot., applied to the ovary when it seems to be situated below the calyx, and to the part of a flower farthest from the axis.
  30. One who is in a lower station or rank than another.
  31. The lower placed of two, the farther down the axis; growing or arising below another organ.

Usage examples for inferior

  1. The quality and art of their product was in no wise inferior to the European and the sale of foreign made types ceased shortly after they established their business. – Scotland's Mark on America by George Fraser Black
  2. It makes of girls an inferior sort of boys, and of boys an inferior sort of girls. – Recollections of a Varied Life by George Cary Eggleston
  3. Not only did he notice the presence of the most distinguished courtiers, but those of inferior degree also. – The Memoirs of Louis XIV., Volume 10 And His Court and of The Regency by Duc de Saint-Simon
  4. An American could never have been content to remain in an inferior position without trying, in some way, to better his fortunes. – Tales From Two Hemispheres by Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen
  5. The words " superior" and " inferior" have been used to indicate this relationship. – The Classification of Patents by United States Patent Office
  6. Its quality was inferior and it showed the neglect of former owners, and there were indications that the present owner had done little or nothing for its improvement. – Reminiscences of Sixty Years in Public Affairs, Vol. 1 by George Boutwell
  7. Of the cold storage egg as a whole we can say it is a wholesome food product, though somewhat inferior in flavor and strength of white to a fresh egg. – The Dollar Hen by Milo M. Hastings
  8. The brick used was generally imported in those days, for the American brick was of rather an inferior quality to that obtained on the other side of the water. – Historic Homes by Mary H. Northend
  9. The first who made the attempt soon gave in; he was clearly inferior to Walter in the high jump. – Amos Huntingdon by T.P. Wilson
  10. But nature has been so liberal to it, that instead of wondering at its rapid rise one is rather disposed to think it much inferior to what it might be. – Travels in the Steppes of the Caspian Sea, the Crimea, the Caucasus, &c. by Xavier Hommaire de Hell
  11. You may squeeze a little lemon into the sauce, if you like it, and add oysters fried in butter; or you may stew them in cider, instead of wine, and it is very little inferior. – The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, by Mary Eaton
  12. Another though inferior reward was, that he had money in his pocket: with this money he would go and see Alec Forbes. – Alec Forbes of Howglen by George MacDonald
  13. By this act, they involuntarily take an inferior place among men, and lower their dignity. – Monopolies and the People by D. C. Cloud
  14. Docre is, we must admit, greatly inferior to Gilles de Rais. – Là-bas by J. K. Huysmans
  15. " I don't pretend to be a judge myself of what you call 'igh art, Mr Wentworth; but if I might venture an opinion, the altar was beautiful; and we won't say nothing about the service, considering, sir- if you won't be offended at putting them together, as one is so far inferior- that both you and me-" Mr Wentworth laughed and moved off his chair. – The Perpetual Curate by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  16. Is a black horse thought to be inferior to a white one in speed, in strength, or courage? – The History of Sandford and Merton by Thomas Day
  17. The tooth corners must, however, be kept sharp, for in proportion as they get dull or blunt, the sides of the cutter wedge in the work, causing friction and extra power to drive them as well as producing inferior work. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  18. The same was done by the curacas towards all persons of their own or inferior degree in their several districts. – History-of-the-Conquest-of-Peru-with-a-preliminary-view-of-the-civilization-of-the-Incas by Prescott, William Hickling