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SUPERIOR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Superior mean? 

SUPERIOR (noun)
  The noun SUPERIOR has 6 senses:

1. one of greater rank or station or quality
2. the head of a religious community
3. a combatant who is able to defeat rivals
4. the largest freshwater lake in the world; the deepest of the Great Lakes
5. a town in northwest Wisconsin on Lake Superior across from Duluth
6. a character or symbol set or printed or written above and immediately to one side of another character

  Familiarity information: SUPERIOR used as a noun is common.


SUPERIOR (adjective)
  The adjective SUPERIOR has 7 senses:

1. of high or superior quality or performance
2. of or characteristic of high rank or importance
3. (sometimes followed by 'to') not subject to or influenced by
4. written or printed above and to one side of another character
5. having an orbit farther from the sun than the Earth's orbit
6. having a higher rank
7. (often followed by 'to') above being affected or influenced by

  Familiarity information: SUPERIOR used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


SUPERIOR (noun)


Sense 1superior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

One of greater rank or station or quality

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

higher-up; superior; superordinate

Hypernyms ("superior" is a kind of...):

leader (a person who rules or guides or inspires others)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "superior"):

better (a superior person having claim to precedence)

god (a man of such superior qualities that he seems like a deity to other people)

supervisor (one who supervises or has charge and direction of)

Antonym:

inferior (one of lesser rank or station or quality)


Sense 2superior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The head of a religious community

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("superior" is a kind of...):

religious (a member of a religious order who is bound by vows of poverty and chastity and obedience)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "superior"):

abbess; mother superior; prioress (the superior of a group of nuns)

abbot; archimandrite (the superior of an abbey of monks)

prior (the head of a religious order; in an abbey the prior is next below the abbot)


Sense 3superior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A combatant who is able to defeat rivals

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

victor; superior; master

Hypernyms ("superior" is a kind of...):

battler; belligerent; combatant; fighter; scrapper (someone who fights (or is fighting))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "superior"):

conqueror; vanquisher (someone who is victorious by force of arms)


Sense 4Superior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The largest freshwater lake in the world; the deepest of the Great Lakes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

Lake Superior; Superior

Instance hypernyms:

lake (a body of (usually fresh) water surrounded by land)

Holonyms ("Superior" is a part of...):

Great Lakes (a group of 5 lakes in central North America)


Sense 5Superior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A town in northwest Wisconsin on Lake Superior across from Duluth

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Instance hypernyms:

town (an urban area with a fixed boundary that is smaller than a city)

Holonyms ("Superior" is a part of...):

Badger State; WI; Wisconsin (a midwestern state in north central United States)


Sense 6superior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A character or symbol set or printed or written above and immediately to one side of another character

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

superscript; superior

Hypernyms ("superior" is a kind of...):

character; grapheme; graphic symbol (a written symbol that is used to represent speech)


SUPERIOR (adjective)


Sense 1superior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of high or superior quality or performance

Context examples:

superior wisdom derived from experience / superior math students

Similar:

outstanding (distinguished from others in excellence)

premium (having or reflecting superior quality or value)

pucka; pukka (absolutely first class and genuine)

shining (marked by exceptional merit)

spiffing (excellent or splendid)

supreme (highest in excellence or achievement)

top-flight; top-hole; topping (excellent; best possible)

surpassing; transcendent (exceeding or surpassing usual limits especially in excellence)

weapons-grade (of a quality adequate for use in weapons (especially in weapons of mass destruction))

well-made (skillfully constructed)

high-performance (modified to give superior performance)

greatest; sterling; superlative (highest in quality)

gilt-edged (of the highest quality or value)

A-one; ace; crack; fantastic; first-rate; super; tiptop; topnotch; tops (of the highest quality)

banner (unusually good; outstanding)

blue-ribbon; select (selected or chosen for special qualifications)

boss; brag (exceptionally good)

brilliant; superb (of surpassing excellence)

capital (first-rate)

choice; prime; prize; quality; select (of superior grade)

excellent; fantabulous; first-class (of the highest quality)

Also:

best ((superlative of 'good') having the most positive qualities)

Attribute:

caliber; calibre; quality (a degree or grade of excellence or worth)

Antonym:

inferior (of low or inferior quality)


Sense 2superior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or characteristic of high rank or importance

Context example:

a superior officer

Similar:

upper (superior in rank or accomplishment)

superordinate (of higher rank or status or value)

majestic; olympian (majestic in manner or bearing; superior to mundane matters)

high-level; high-ranking; upper-level (at an elevated level in rank or importance)

leading; preeminent (greatest in importance or degree or significance or achievement)

eminent; high (standing above others in quality or position)

arch; condescending; patronising; patronizing ((used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those who treat others with condescension)

Also:

high (greater than normal in degree or intensity or amount)

dominant (exercising influence or control)

Antonym:

inferior (of or characteristic of low rank or importance)


Sense 3superior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(sometimes followed by 'to') not subject to or influenced by

Context examples:

overcome by a superior opponent / trust magnates who felt themselves superior to law

Similar:

dominant (exercising influence or control)


Sense 4superior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Written or printed above and to one side of another character

Synonyms:

superscript; superior

Domain category:

printing; printing process (reproduction by applying ink to paper as for publication)


Sense 5superior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having an orbit farther from the sun than the Earth's orbit

Context example:

Mars and Jupiter are the closest in of the superior planets

Domain category:

astronomy; uranology (the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole)

Antonym:

inferior (having an orbit between the sun and the Earth's orbit)


Sense 6superior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having a higher rank

Synonyms:

higher-ranking; ranking; superior

Context example:

superior officer

Similar:

senior (older; higher in rank; longer in length of tenure or service)


Sense 7superior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(often followed by 'to') above being affected or influenced by

Context examples:

he is superior to fear / an ignited firework proceeds superior to circumstances until its blazing vitality fades

Similar:

unaffected (undergoing no change when acted upon)


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