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Definition of the adjective superior

What does superior mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more superior / most superior

  1. of high or superior quality or performance
  2. of or characteristic of high rank or importance
  3. (sometimes followed by `to') not subject to or influenced by
    • examples: overcome by a superior opponent | trust magnates who felt themselves superior to law
    • similar: dominant
  4. written or printed above and to one side of another character
  5. having an orbit farther from the sun than the Earth's orbit
  6. having a higher rank
  7. (often followed by `to') above being affected or influenced by
    • examples: he is superior to fear | an ignited firework proceeds superior to circumstances until its blazing vitality fades
    • adjective position: predicative adjective (it occurs after a verb that follows the noun)
    • similar: unaffected

Alternative definition of the adjective superior


  1. Higher in quality.
  2. Higher in rank.
  3. Located above.
  4. Being greater or better than average; extraordinary.

Definition of the noun superior

What does superior mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: superiors

  1. one of greater rank or station or quality
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonyms of superior: higher-up / superordinate
    • antonym of superior: inferior
    • more generic word: leader = a person who rules or guides or inspires others
    • more specific words:
      • better = a superior person having claim to precedence
      • god = a man of such superior qualities that he seems like a deity to other people
      • supervisor = one who supervises or has charge and direction of
  2. the head of a religious community
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic word: religious = a member of a religious order who is bound by vows of poverty and chastity and obedience
    • more specific terms:
  3. a combatant who is able to defeat rivals
  4. a character or symbol set or printed or written above and immediately to one side of another character

Alternative definition of the noun superior


  1. A person of higher rank or quality.
  2. The senior person in a monastic community.

Specialised definition of the noun superior

Glossary of sports

used for describing a body part that is situated in the upper half of the body (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


  1. Superior is a city in, and the county seat of, Douglas County in the State of Wisconsin. The population was 27,244 at the 2010 census. Located at the junction of U.S. Highway 2 and U.S. Highway 53, it is immediately north of and adjacent to both the Village of Superior and the Town of Superior. Its neighborhoods include Billings Park, North End, South Superior, Central Park, East End, Allouez, and Itasca. Billings Park, South Superior, East End, and North End each have small business districts.
  2. Superior is a town in Pinal County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town is 2,837.
  3. Superior is a Statutory Town in Boulder County in the U.S. state of Colorado, with a small, uninhabited segment of land area extending into Jefferson County . According to the 2010 census, the population of the city was 12,483.
  4. Superior is a city in Nuckolls County, Nebraska, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 1,957.
  5. Superior is a town in and the county seat of Mineral County, Montana, United States. The population was 812 at the 2010 census. Superior was named after its founders' hometown of Superior, Wisconsin in 1869. The post office was established in 1871 after Mineral County became the site of one of the largest gold strikes that helped settle the West.
  6. Superior is a town in Sweetwater County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 336 at the 2010 census.
    • also known as Superior, Wyoming; South Superior; South Superior, Wyoming; Sweetwater County / Superior town
    • part of Sweetwater County, Wyoming
  7. Superior is a city in Dickinson County, Iowa, United States. The population was 130 at the 2010 census.
  8. Superior: The Town of Superior is a town in Douglas County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 2,058 at the 2000 census. The Village of Superior is located within the town. The City of Superior is located immediately north and adjacent to both the Town of Superior and the Village of Superior.
  9. Superior a.k.a. Superior Township: Superior Charter Township is a charter township of Washtenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 13,058 at the 2010 census.
  10. Superior a.k.a. Superior, West Virginia: Superior is an unincorporated community in McDowell County, West Virginia, United States. Superior is located on U.S. Route 52 2.5 miles east-southeast of Welch.

There are other places with in their name, like Lake Superior, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lake Superior Provincial Park, Lake Superior Railroad Museum, Lake Superior State University, University of Wisconsin-Superior, University of Wisconsin–Superior, Escola Superior Agrária de Coimbra, Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior, Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía, Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad, Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu, Conservatorio Nacional Superior de Música, Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing, Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa, Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Coimbra.

Phrases with Superior

Phrases starting with the word Superior:

  1. superior court
  2. superior skill
  3. superior planet
  4. superior rectus
  5. Superior Tarsal
  6. superior general
  7. Superior Oblique

Phrases ending with the word Superior:

  1. act superior
  2. Dalla Superior
  3. Limit Superior
  4. father superior
  5. mother superior
  6. Nodita Superior
  7. Porina Superior
  8. rectus superior
  9. Bactris Superior
  10. Nodaria Superior
  11. Cloeodes Superior
  12. Clostera Superior
  13. Pannaria Superior

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Superior

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Google previewThe British Encyclopedia, Or Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (1809)

Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge : Illustrated with Upwards of 150 Elegant Engravings. A - B. 1 by William Nicholson

Superior and inferior palpebral upwards between the jaw and the car, being . - branches. imbedded in the substance of the parotid ' g. Nasal artery. . gland. ' I1. Frontal artery. - . 2. Communicating branch. Bram-hes of the external carotid artery ...

Google previewThe Cyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and Literature (1819)

by Abraham Rees

Q/a temporalia - - ConstriStores pharyngis superiores - Pharynx. 0s hyoides - T - - - - Constric, pharyng. medii - - Pharynx. OS SPHENOIDA.L.E. Maxilla inferior. - - Q/a temp. pariet, malar. frontale Temporales - Maxilla superior - - - - Pterygoidei ...

Google previewMosby's Dental Dictionary (2007)

by Elsevier, Mosby

Table C-2 Maxillary injections Injection Needle Structures anesthetized Penetration site Terminal deposition site Amount deposited Anterior superior alveolar (ASA) Short 1. Facial gingiva of maxillary anterior teeth 2. Maxillary anterior teeth ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Health Services Research (2009)

by Ross M. Mullner

Based on benchmarking results, best practices can be identified and adopted, thus achieving superior performance. Benchmarking is useful in healthcare for both operational and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of South American Aquatic Insects: Odonata - Zygoptera (2008)

Illustrated Keys to Known Families, Genera, and Species in South America by Charles W. Heckman

Viewed dorsally, each superior anal appendage appears much longer than its width at the base (Fig.

Google previewDictionary of Optometry and Visual Science (2014)

by Michel Millodot

S spherical power single binocular vision soft contact lens superior epithelial arcuate lesion (see staining, fluorescein) Swedish Interactive Thresholding Algorithm superior limbic keratoconjunctivitis SLO scanning laser ophthalmoscope SLP ...

Google previewPrince's Bieber Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations (2008)

by Mary Miles Prince

( Superior Court Reports (N.Y.) Sand. R., Sand. S.C., Sand. S.C.R.,Sand. Sup. Ct.Rep., Sandf. R. (N.Y.),Sandf. S.C.R., Sandf. Sup. Ct., Sandf. Superior Court R., Sandford, ...

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Quotes about Superior

The truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else. The only real nobility is in being superior to your former self. (Whitney Young)
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Scrabble value of S1U1P3E1R1I1O1R1

The value of this 8-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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