Definitions of superior

  1. one of greater rank or station or quality
  2. the largest freshwater lake in the world; the deepest of the Great Lakes
  3. the head of a religious community
  4. One who surpasses another, as in rank or ability; head of a religious house.
  5. One superior to others: the chief of a monastery, etc., and of certain churches and colleges.
  6. One superior to others; chief.
  7. Superiority.
  8. One who is superior: a chief.
  9. One superior to others; the chief of a monastery, convent or abbey.
  10. 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.
  11. having a higher rank; " superior officer"
  12. ( printing) written or printed above and to one side of another character
  13. ( sometimes followed by ` to') not subject to or influenced by; " overcome by a superior opponent"; " trust magnates who felt themselves superior to law"
  14. of or characteristic of high rank or importance; " a superior officer"
  15. ( astronomy) having an orbit farther from the sun than the Earth's orbit; " Mars and Jupiter are the closest in of the superior planets"
  16. ( 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"
  17. of high or superior quality or performance; " superior wisdom derived from experience"; " superior math students"
  18. having an orbit farther from the sun than the Earth's orbit; " Mars and Jupiter are the closest in of the superior planets"
  19. More elevated in place or position; higher; upper; as, the superior limb of the sun; the superior part of an image.
  20. Higher in rank or office; more exalted in dignity; as, a superior officer; a superior degree of nobility.
  21. 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.
  22. Beyond the power or influence of; too great or firm to be subdued or affected by; -- with to.
  23. More comprehensive; as a term in classification; as, a genus is superior to a species.
  24. 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.
  25. Belonging to the part of an axillary flower which is toward the main stem; posterior.
  26. Pointing toward the apex of the fruit; ascending; -- said of the radicle.
  27. 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.
  28. The head of a monastery, convent, abbey, or the like.
  29. Upper: higher in place, rank, or excellence: surpassing others:- beyond the influence of.
  30. Higher; surpassing others; above the influence of.
  31. Surpassing; more excellent; preferable.
  32. Higher; upper.
  33. Higher or above in place, rank, dignity, or excellence; surpassing others; being beyond the power or influence of.
  34. 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.
  35. Upper; higher; growing or arising above another organ.