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superincumbent

[soo-per-in-kuhm-buh nt] /ˌsu pər ɪnˈkʌm bənt/
adjective
1.
lying or resting on something else.
2.
situated above; overhanging.
3.
exerted from above, as pressure.
Origin of superincumbent
1655-1665
1655-65; < Latin superincumbent- (stem of superincumbēns), present participle of superincumbere to lean over; see super-, incumbent
Related forms
superincumbence, superincumbency, noun
superincumbently, adverb
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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

superincumbent

/ˌsuːpərɪnˈkʌmbənt/
adjective
1.
lying or being on top of something else
2.
situated or suspended above; overhanging
Derived Forms
superincumbence, superincumbency, noun
superincumbently, adverb
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