- situated above some other organ.
- (of a calyx) seeming to originate from the top of the ovary.
- (of an ovary) free from the calyx.
- higher in place or position; situated above another.
- toward the head.Compare inferior(def 7).
Origin of superior
Definition for superior (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for superior
Hitchcock sends the script--unread--to Thom Mount and his superior, Ned Tanen.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The essence of nearly every Disney film is that women need saving, preferably by a man from a superior social and economic class.
Virginia Woolf loved Wuthering Heights and considered Emily Brontë superior to her sister Charlotte.
Never the less, Drone Boning is by far the superior production.Anatomy of a Drone Porn: ‘Drone Boning’ Makes Sex Look Like Art|Aurora Snow|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The attitude of the local colleagues at first puzzled us, and then made us snicker in a superior way.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire|H.L. Mencken|October 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I learned later that he had implored the Superior on his knees not to lay this dreadful command upon him, but all in vain.The Monk and The Hangman's Daughter|Adolphe Danziger De Castro and Ambrose Bierce
Hence in the adult the left side of the superior mesenteric vessel gives rise to the vasa intestini tenuis.The Anatomy of the Human Peritoneum and Abdominal Cavity|George. S. Huntington
For instance, behind the plaster is the modern metal lath so superior to the old wooden variety.If You're Going to Live in the Country|Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
After a short time a young priest appeared with the intelligence that his superior awaited the Prince's visit.An Egyptian Princess, Complete|Georg Ebers
This official held more the position of a steward, or valet to the superior, than that of a cook.English Monastic Life|Abbot Gasquet
British Dictionary definitions for superior (1 of 2)
- (of a planet) having an orbit further from the sun than the orbit of the earth
- (of a conjunction) occurring when the sun lies between the earth and an inferior planet
Word Origin for superior
British Dictionary definitions for superior (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for superior
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).