a prefix occurring originally in loanwords from Latin, with the basic meaning “above, beyond.” Words formed with super- have the following general senses: “to place or be placed above or over” (superimpose; supersede), “a thing placed over or added to another” (superscript; superstructure; supertax), “situated over” (superficial; superlunary) and, more figuratively, “an individual, thing, or property that exceeds customary norms or levels” (superalloy; superconductivity; superman; superstar), “an individual or thing larger, more powerful, or with wider application than others of its kind” (supercomputer; superhighway; superpower; supertanker), “exceeding the norms or limits of a given class” (superhuman; superplastic), “having the specified property to a great or excessive degree” (supercritical; superfine; supersensitive), “to subject to (a physical process) to an extreme degree or in an unusual way” (supercharge; supercool; supersaturate), “a category that embraces a number of lesser items of the specified kind” (superfamily; supergalaxy), “a chemical compound with a higher proportion than usual of a given constituent” (superphosphate).
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British Dictionary definitions for super-
placed above or oversuperscript
of greater size, extent, quality, etcsupermarket
surpassing others; outstandingsuperstar
beyond a standard or norm; exceeding or exceedinglysupersonic
indicating that a chemical compound contains a specified element in a higher proportion than usualsuperoxide
Word Origin for super-
from Latin super above
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Medicine definitions for super-
Above; over; upon:superstructure.
Superior in size, quality, number, or degree:supersonic.
Exceeding a norm:supersaturate.
Excessive in degree or intensity:superexcitation.
Containing a specified ingredient in an unusually high proportion:superoxide.
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