[in-feer-ee-er] /ɪnˈfɪər i ər/
lower in station, rank, degree, or grade (often followed by to):
a rank inferior to colonel.
lower in place or position; closer to the bottom or base:
descending into the inferior regions of the earth.
of comparatively low grade; poor in quality; substandard:
an inferior product.
less important, valuable, or worthy:
B+ bonds are inferior to AAA bonds.
acting or performing in a way that is comparatively poor or mediocre:
an inferior observer of human nature.
Astronomy. lying below the horizon:
the inferior part of a meridian.
Printing. written or printed low on a line of text, as the “2” in H 2 O; subscript.
Compare (def 10).
a person inferior to another or others, as in rank or merit.
Also called subscript. Printing. a letter, number, or symbol written or printed low on a line of text.
Compare (def 12).
lower in value or quality
lower in rank, position, or status; subordinate
not of the best; mediocre; commonplace
lower in position; situated beneath
(of a plant ovary) enclosed by and fused with the receptacle so that it is situated below the other floral parts
(printing) (of a character) printed at the foot of an ordinary character, as the 2 in H2O
an inferior person
(printing) an inferior character
early 15c., of land, “low, lower,” from Latin inferior “lower, further down” (also used figuratively), comparative of inferus (adj.) “that is below or beneath,” from infra “below” (see infra-). Meaning “lower in degree, rank, or importance” is from 1530s; also in an absolute sense, “of low quality or rank.”
“person inferior to another in rank, etc.,” early 15c., from inferior (adj.).
inferior in·fe·ri·or (ĭn-fēr’ē-ər)
in·fe’ri·or’i·ty (-ôr’ĭ-tē) n.
- Inferior alveolar nerve
inferior alveolar nerve n. A terminal branch of the mandibular nerve that is distributed to the lower teeth, periosteum, and gums of the mandible.
- Inferior anastomotic vein
inferior anastomotic vein n. An inconstant vein passing from the superficial middle cerebral vein into the transverse sinus.
- Inferior artery of knee
inferior artery of knee n.
- Inferior basal vein
inferior basal vein n. A tributary to the common basal vein, draining the medial and posterior part of the inferior lobe in each lung.