- 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).
- superior alveolar nerve,
- superior anastomotic vein,
- superior artery of knee,
- superior basal vein,
- superior cerebellar peduncle
Origin of superior
Examples from the Web for superiorly
Then the phone clicked most savagely and ominously and superiorly at the other end.Twelve Men|Theodore Dreiser
He tried to say it superiorly, paternally, as an older man might have said it—and was not altogether successful.The Quickening|Francis Lynde
In certain species these processes are attached only by their bases, and are separated from each other superiorly.Artistic Anatomy of Animals|douard Cuyer
When the whaleboat was alongside, he descended into it first, superiorly, then invited Nau-hau to accompany him.Jerry of the Islands|Jack London
You may say, superiorly: "He has expressed himself clumsily, but I can see what he means."Literary Taste: How to Form It|Arnold Bennett
- (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
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).