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Superior

[suh-peer-ee-er, soo-] /səˈpɪər i ər, sʊ-/
noun
1.
Lake, a lake in the N central United States and S Canada: the northernmost of the Great Lakes; the largest body of fresh water in the world. 350 miles (564 km) long; 31,820 sq. mi. (82,415 sq. km); greatest depth, 1290 feet (393 meters); 602 feet (183 meters) above sea level.
2.
a port in NW Wisconsin, on Lake Superior.
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British Dictionary definitions for superior lake

superior

/suːˈpɪərɪə/
adjective
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.
(often postpositive) foll by to. not susceptible (to) or influenced (by)
6.
placed higher up; situated further from the base
7.
(astronomy)
  1. (of a planet) having an orbit further from the sun than the orbit of the earth
  2. (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
noun
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
Derived Forms
superioress, noun:feminine
superiority (suːˌpɪərɪˈɒrɪtɪ) noun
superiorly, adverb
Usage note
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
Word Origin
C14: from Latin, from superus placed above, from super above

Superior

/suːˈpɪərɪə; sjuː-/
noun
1.
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)
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Word Origin and History for superior lake
superior
late 14c., "higher in position," from O.Fr. superior, from L. superiorem (nom. superior) "higher," comparative of superus "situated above, upper," from super "above, over" (see super-). Meaning "higher in rank or dignity" is attested from late 15c.; sense of "of a higher nature or character" is attested from 1530s. Noun meaning "person of higher rank" is attested from late 15c.
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superior lake in Medicine

superior su·pe·ri·or (su-pēr'ē-ər)
adj.

  1. Higher than another in rank, station, or authority.

  2. Situated above or directed upward.

  3. Situated nearer the top of the head.


su·pe'ri·or·ly adv.
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Encyclopedia Article for superior lake

Superior

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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