superior: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (su-pēr'ē-ur, soo-), [key]
— adj.
  1. higher in station, rank, degree, importance, etc.: a superior officer.
  2. above the average in excellence, merit, intelligence, etc.: superior math students.
  3. of higher grade or quality: superior merchandise.
  4. greater in quantity or amount: superior numbers.
  5. showing a consciousness or feeling of being better than or above others: superior airs.
  6. not yielding or susceptible (usually fol. by to): to be superior to temptation.
  7. higher in place or position: We moved our camp to superior ground.
    1. situated above some other organ.
    2. (of a calyx) seeming to originate from the top of the ovary.
    3. (of an ovary) free from the calyx.
  8. (of an organ or part)
    1. higher in place or position; situated above another.
    2. toward the head. Cf.inferior(def. 7).
  9. written or printed high on a line of text, as the “2” in ab; superscript. Cf.(def. 9).
  1. one superior to another.
  2. Also calleda superior letter, number, or symbol. Cf.(def. 11).
  3. the head of a monastery, convent, or the like.


Pronunciation: (su-pēr'ē-ur, soo-), [key]
— n.
  1. a lake in the N central United States and S Canada: the northernmost of the Great Lakes; the largest body of fresh water in the world. 350 mi. (564 km) long; 31,820 sq. mi. (82,415 sq. km); greatest depth, 1290 ft. (393 m); 602 ft. (183 m) above sea level.
  2. a port in NW Wisconsin, on Lake Superior. 29,571.
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