Superior

[ suh-peer-ee-er, soo- ]
/ səˈpɪər i ər, sʊ- /

noun

Lake, a lake in the N central United States and S Canada: the northernmost of the Great Lakes; the largest body of fresh water in the world. 350 miles (564 km) long; 31,820 sq. mi. (82,415 sq. km); greatest depth, 1290 feet (393 meters); 602 feet (183 meters) above sea level.
a port in NW Wisconsin, on Lake Superior.

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British Dictionary definitions for lake-superior

superior

/ (suːˈpɪərɪə) /

adjective

noun

Derived Formssuperioress, fem nsuperiority (suːˌpɪərɪˈɒrɪtɪ), nounsuperiorly, adverb

Word Origin for superior

C14: from Latin, from superus placed above, from super above

usage

Superior should not be used with than: he is a better (not a superior) poet than his brother; his poetry is superior to (not superior than) his brother's

Superior

/ (suːˈpɪərɪə, sjuː-) /

noun

Lake Superior a lake in the N central US and S Canada: one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world and westernmost of the Great Lakes. Area: 82 362 sq km (31 800 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for lake-superior

superior

adj.

late 14c., "higher in position," from Old French superior, from Latin superiorem (nominative superior) "higher," comparative of superus "situated above, upper," from super "above, over" (see super-). Meaning "higher in rank or dignity" is attested from late 15c.; sense of "of a higher nature or character" is attested from 1530s. Original sense was preserved more strongly in French (cf. les étages supérieur "the upper stories"), and in Lake Superior, a loan-translation of French Lac Supérieur, literally "upper lake" (it has the highest elevation of the five Great Lakes).

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Medicine definitions for lake-superior

superior

[ su-pîrē-ər ]

adj.

Higher than another in rank, station, or authority.
Situated above or directed upward.
Situated nearer the top of the head.

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