higher in station, rank, degree, importance, etc.:
a superior officer.
above the average in excellence, merit, intelligence, etc.:
superior math students.
of higher grade or quality:
greater in quantity or amount:
showing a consciousness or feeling of being better than or above others:
not yielding or susceptible (usually followed by to):
to be superior to temptation.
higher in place or position:
We moved our camp to superior ground.
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).
Printing. written or printed high on a line of text, as the “2” in a 2 b; superscript.
Compare inferior (def 9).
one superior to another.
Also called superscript. Printing. a superior letter, number, or symbol.
Compare inferior (def 11).
Ecclesiastical. the head of a monastery, convent, or the like.
greater in quality, quantity, etc
of high or extraordinary worth, merit, etc
higher in rank or status: a superior tribunal
displaying a conscious sense of being above or better than others; supercilious
(often postpositive) foll by to. not susceptible (to) or influenced (by)
placed higher up; situated further from the base
(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
(of a plant ovary) situated above the calyx and other floral parts
(anatomy) (of one part in relation to another) situated above or higher
(printing) (of a character) written or printed above the line; superscript
a person or thing of greater rank or quality
(printing) a character set in a superior position
(often capital) the head of a community in a religious order
Lake Superior, a lake in the N central US and S Canada: one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world and westernmost of the Great Lakes. Area: 82 362 sq km (31 800 sq miles)
superior su·pe·ri·or (su-pēr’ē-ər)
Higher than another in rank, station, or authority.
Situated above or directed upward.
Situated nearer the top of the head.
- Superior medullary velum
superior medullary velum n. The thin layer of white matter stretching between the two superior cerebellar peduncles, forming part of the roof of the fourth ventricle.
- Superior mesenteric lymph node
superior mesenteric lymph node n. Any of numerous nodes located in the mesentery along the superior mesenteric artery and its branches to the jejunum and the ileum, from which they receive lymph.
- Superior mesenteric plexus
superior mesenteric plexus n. An autonomic plexus that is a continuation or part of the celiac plexus, sends nerves to the intestines, and with the vagus forms the subserous, myenteric, and submucous plexuses.
- Superior mesenteric vein
superior mesenteric vein n. A vein that begins at the ileum in the right iliac fossa, ascends in the root of the mesentery, and unites behind the pancreas with the splenic vein to form the portal vein.