un-surmountable

surmount

[ser-mount]
verb (used with object)
1.
to mount upon; get on the top of; mount upon and cross over: to surmount a hill.
2.
to get over or across (barriers, obstacles, etc.).
3.
to prevail over: to surmount tremendous difficulties.
4.
to be on top of or above: a statue surmounting a pillar.
5.
to furnish with something placed on top or above: to surmount a tower with a spire.
6.
Obsolete.
a.
to surpass in excellence.
b.
to exceed in amount.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English surmounten < Anglo-French surmounter, Middle French. See sur-1, mount1

surmountable, adjective
surmountableness, noun
surmounter, noun
unsurmountable, adjective
unsurmounted, adjective
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surmount (sɜːˈmaʊnt)
 
vb
1.  to prevail over; overcome: to surmount tremendous difficulties
2.  to ascend and cross to the opposite side of
3.  to lie on top of or rise above
4.  to put something on top of or above
5.  obsolete to surpass or exceed
 
[C14: from Old French surmonter, from sur-1 + monter to mount1]
 
sur'mountable
 
adj
 
sur'mountableness
 
n
 
sur'mounter
 
n

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surmount
late 14c., "to rise above, go beyond," from O.Fr. surmounter "rise above," from sur- "beyond" + monter "to go up" (see mount (v.)). Meaning "to prevail over, overcome" is recorded from late 14c.
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