|lie vertically and divid the body into anterior and posterior parts|
|a vertical plane dividing the body into anterior and posterior portions|
|—adj (foll by to)|
|1.||greater in quality, quantity, etc|
|2.||of high or extraordinary worth, merit, etc|
|3.||higher in rank or status: a superior tribunal|
|4.||displaying a conscious sense of being above or better than others; supercilious|
|5.||not susceptible (to) or influenced (by)|
|6.||placed higher up; situated further from the base|
|a. (of a planet) having an orbit further from the sun than the orbit of the earth|
|b. (of a conjunction) occurring when the sun lies between the earth and an inferior planet|
|8.||(of a plant ovary) situated above the calyx and other floral parts|
|9.||anatomy (of one part in relation to another) situated above or higher|
|10.||printing (of a character) written or printed above the line; superscript|
|11.||a person or thing of greater rank or quality|
|12.||printing a character set in a superior position|
|13.||(often capital) the head of a community in a religious order|
|[C14: from Latin, from superus placed above, from super above]|
|usage Superior should not be used with than: he is a better (not a superior) poet than his brother; his poetry is superior to (not superior than) his brother's|
superior su·pe·ri·or (s&oobreve;-pēr'ē-ər)
Higher than another in rank, station, or authority.
Situated above or directed upward.
Situated nearer the top of the head.
city, seat (1854) of Douglas county, extreme northwestern Wisconsin, U.S. It lies at the western tip of Lake Superior, opposite Duluth, Minnesota, from which it is separated by St. Louis Bay. A port of entry, it shares an extensive natural harbour with Duluth, forming the western terminus of the St. Lawrence Seaway.
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