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[soo-per-in-kuhm-buh nt] /ˌsu pər ɪnˈkʌm bənt/
lying or resting on something else.
situated above; overhanging.
exerted from above, as pressure.
Origin of superincumbent
1655-65; < Latin superincumbent- (stem of superincumbēns), present participle of superincumbere to lean over; see super-, incumbent
Related forms
superincumbence, superincumbency, noun
superincumbently, adverb Unabridged
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  • Then she felt a hand trying to remove her superincumbent head-gear.

    Under the Waves R M Ballantyne
  • Under this superincumbent weight I had long struggled to stand.

    Rattlin the Reefer Edward Howard
  • Yet these are hidden beneath a superincumbent mass of trivialities.

  • The present superincumbent mass is about 20 feet in thickness.

    The Youthful Wanderer George H. Heffner
  • A banded column, such as we see in Early English Gothic, looks weak and incapable of supporting the superincumbent weight.

  • Below us slept the waters of the bay, reflecting, in their crystal depths, the superincumbent mountains and overarching sky.

    The Felon's Track Michael Doheny
  • The superincumbent mass of earth would crush the strongest metal.

  • The entry from the street begins with a descent of a few steps, and is dark from the superincumbent land.

    The Court of Cacus

    Alexander Leighton
  • In the shallow diggings the superincumbent earth above the pay-dirt is removed, and the process is called "stripping."

  • As the meal progressed, the superincumbent earth weighed less heavily on their souls.

    Froth Armando Palacio Valds
British Dictionary definitions for superincumbent


lying or being on top of something else
situated or suspended above; overhanging
Derived Forms
superincumbence, superincumbency, noun
superincumbently, adverb
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