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[soo-per-in-kuhm-buh nt]
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  1. lying or resting on something else.
  2. situated above; overhanging.
  3. exerted from above, as pressure.
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Origin of superincumbent

1655–65; < Latin superincumbent- (stem of superincumbēns), present participle of superincumbere to lean over; see super-, incumbent
Related formssu·per·in·cum·bence, su·per·in·cum·ben·cy, nounsu·per·in·cum·bent·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for superincumbent


  1. lying or being on top of something else
  2. situated or suspended above; overhanging
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Derived Formssuperincumbence or superincumbency, nounsuperincumbently, adverb
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