- to mount upon; get on the top of; mount upon and cross over: to surmount a hill.
- to get over or across (barriers, obstacles, etc.).
- to prevail over: to surmount tremendous difficulties.
- to be on top of or above: a statue surmounting a pillar.
- to furnish with something placed on top or above: to surmount a tower with a spire.
- to surpass in excellence.
- to exceed in amount.
Origin of surmount
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Examples from the Web for surmountable
Either one of these alone is surmountable for a skilled and ambitious politician.Why I'd Rather be a Black Republican
February 17, 2014
In the mass they are appalling but singly they are surmountable.A Daughter of the Middle Border
Listen, then, to the difficulties that beset us, and say if they are surmountable.
Rather on the north-west side, the hill is surmountable by a zig-zag path, up which a loaded mule can climb with some difficulty.An Old Sailor's Yarns
Once at least within historic memory the barrier of the Caucasus had proved to be surmountable.
Insurmountable, in-sur-mownt′a-bl, adj. not surmountable: that cannot be overcome.
- to prevail over; overcometo surmount tremendous difficulties
- to ascend and cross to the opposite side of
- to lie on top of or rise above
- to put something on top of or above
- obsolete to surpass or exceed
C14: from Old French surmonter, from sur- 1 + monter to mount 1
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Word Origin and History for surmountable
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