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Definitions of superior

  1. having a higher rank; " superior officer"
  2. one of greater rank or station or quality
  3. the largest freshwater lake in the world; the deepest of the Great Lakes
  4. ( printing) written or printed above and to one side of another character
  5. a town in northwest Wisconsin on Lake Superior across from Duluth
  6. the head of a religious community
  7. a combatant who is able to defeat rivals
  8. ( sometimes followed by ` to') not subject to or influenced by; " overcome by a superior opponent"; " trust magnates who felt themselves superior to law"
  9. of or characteristic of high rank or importance; " a superior officer"
  10. ( astronomy) having an orbit farther from the sun than the Earth's orbit; " Mars and Jupiter are the closest in of the superior planets"
  11. ( 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"
  12. of high or superior quality or performance; " superior wisdom derived from experience"; " superior math students"
  13. having an orbit farther from the sun than the Earth's orbit; " Mars and Jupiter are the closest in of the superior planets"
  14. written or printed above and to one side of another character
  15. More elevated in place or position; higher; upper; as, the superior limb of the sun; the superior part of an image.
  16. Higher in rank or office; more exalted in dignity; as, a superior officer; a superior degree of nobility.
  17. 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.
  18. Beyond the power or influence of; too great or firm to be subdued or affected by; -- with to.
  19. More comprehensive; as a term in classification; as, a genus is superior to a species.
  20. 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.
  21. Belonging to the part of an axillary flower which is toward the main stem; posterior.
  22. Pointing toward the apex of the fruit; ascending; -- said of the radicle.
  23. 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.
  24. The head of a monastery, convent, abbey, or the like.
  25. One who surpasses another, as in rank or ability; head of a religious house.
  26. 1. Above in relation to another structure, higher. 2. Better, of more value.
  27. Applied to uppermost of several parts.
  28. Upper: higher in place, rank, or excellence: surpassing others:- beyond the influence of.
  29. One superior to others: the chief of a monastery, etc., and of certain churches and colleges.
  30. Higher; surpassing others; above the influence of.
  31. One superior to others; chief.
  32. Superiority.
  33. Surpassing; more excellent; preferable.
  34. Higher; upper.
  35. One who is superior: a chief.
  36. Higher or above in place, rank, dignity, or excellence; surpassing others; being beyond the power or influence of.
  37. One superior to others; the chief of a monastery, convent or abbey.
  38. Higher; more elevated or exalted in place, rank, dignity, office, or excellence; preferable; unaffected or unconquered, as " a man superior to his sufferings"; in bot., placed above another organ- applied especially to indicate the position of the ovary with respect to the calyx.
  39. One of higher rank; one more excellent or more advanced than another; the chief or head of a monastery or convent; in Scot., one who has made the original grant of heritable property to a person called his vassal, which property is held by the vassal on certain stipulated conditions, as the payment of an annual fixed sum, or the performance of certain services.
  40. Upper; higher; growing or arising above another organ.
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Usage examples for superior

  1. Finally the ranchman's superior condition began to tell in his favor. – Hidden Gold by Wilder Anthony
  2. They were superior creatures but they were apt to be rather make- you- blinky creatures; that was the new perception. – This Freedom by A. S. M. Hutchinson
  3. Now the one man in eight who was able to do this work was in no sense superior to the other men who were working on the gang. – The Principles of Scientific Management by Frederick Winslow Taylor
  4. Think of the little one, and let us be thankful that we belong to a superior race. – Mrs. Overtheway's Remembrances by Juliana Horatia Ewing
  5. When the people saw me come from the sky they naturally thought me some superior creature, and bowed down before me. – Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum.
  6. In the kitchen I met the Lady Superior. – Life in the Grey Nunnery at Montreal by Sarah J Richardson
  7. Under the circumstances, as your superior officer, I don't see how I have any choice except to- Here Mrs. Walters interrupted: May I speak? – Possessed by Cleveland Moffett
  8. It comes out of my superior knowledge of the world, and experience of the human heart. – Phemie Frost's Experiences by Ann S. Stephens
  9. The Mother- Superior rose up out of her chair. – The Dop Doctor by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  10. They waited a moment, and the Superior whispered: " Can you sign it?" – The Magnetic North by Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
  11. I left that poor, wounded, half- dead young soldier with the feeling that I had been in the presence of a superior being. – The Blot on the Kaiser's 'Scutcheon by Newell Dwight Hillis
  12. Every one admitted as he was superior, 'n' yet no one knowed jus' why. – Susan Clegg and Her Neighbors' Affairs by Anne Warner
  13. Stuff and nonsense, said Mrs. Holt; women are superior to men, and it's our duty to keep them in order. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  14. Why, when one came to look at it from the point of view of the soul, wasn't Franklin their superior in every way? – Franklin Kane by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  15. What I say is, that very probably, in Australia, you manage these things on a superior system. – A Bride from the Bush by E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  16. Before he reached the door, however, the clear voice of his superior caused him to pause for a moment. – The Slave Of The Lamp by Henry Seton Merriman
  17. " Oh, don't stand there and talk about a man's reputation in that superior, self- satisfied fashion. – Winding Paths by Gertrude Page
  18. " However that may be," said the Parson, rather sharply, " different by nature or grace, you should never let your difference make you feel superior. – Secret Bread by F. Tennyson Jesse
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