verb (used with object)
- to surpass in excellence.
- to exceed in amount.
Origin of surmount
Examples from the Web for surmounting
Surmounting the Maat here illustrated is a conspicuous feather which we have already connoted with feeder and fodder.Archaic England|Harold Bayley
No difficulties daunted him; the greater the obstacles the more pleasure he took in surmounting them.Cleveland Past and Present|Maurice Joblin
Apparently he was accustomed to obstacles, and the surmounting of them was all in the day's work.Shifting Sands|Sara Ware Bassett
The two columns forced their way with the bayonet, at opposite points, surmounting every obstacle.
Its position is marked by a bronze griffin, surmounting a memorial pedestal beneath.Rambles in Dickens' Land|Robert Allbut
British Dictionary definitions for surmounting
Word Origin for surmount
Word Origin and History for surmounting
late 14c., "to rise above, go beyond," from Old French surmounter "rise above," from sur- "beyond" (see sur-) + monter "to go up" (see mount (v.)). Meaning "to prevail over, overcome" is recorded from late 14c. Related: Surmounted; surmounting.