- 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 unsurmountable
Others than he would at once be confronted with an unsurmountable difficulty.
The difficulty of broaching the subject to his equerry struck him as unsurmountable.Majesty
He had not been at Frankfort a year before he had learnt to look on this hostility of Austria as unsurmountable.Bismarck and the Foundation of the German Empire
James Wycliffe Headlam
It must have been even an unsurmountable Barrier to the Kofirans, in case they reduced the City.The Amours of Zeokinizul, King of the Kofirans
Claude Prosper Jolyot de Crbillon
The presence of a British factor would be an unsurmountable bar to that consummation, hence the necessity of its total removal.Origin of the Anglo-Boer War Revealed (2nd ed.)
C. H. Thomas
- (of a problem, etc) not capable of being solved or 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 unsurmountable
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