Hypertext Webster Gateway: "eminent"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Eminent \Em"i*nent\, a. [L. eminens, -entis, p. pr. of eminere
to stand out, be prominent; e out + minere (in comp.) to
project; of uncertain origin: cf. F. ['e]minent. Cf.
1. High; lofty; towering; prominent. ``A very eminent
promontory.'' --Evelyn

2. Being, metaphorically, above others, whether by birth,
high station, merit, or virtue; high in public estimation;
distinguished; conspicuous; as, an eminent station; an
eminent historian, statements, statesman, or saint.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: (used of persons) standing above others in character or
attainment or reputation; "our distinguished
professor"; "an eminent scholar"; "a great statesman"
[syn: {distinguished}, {great}]
2: standing above others in quality or position; "people in
high places"; "the high priest"; "eminent members of the
community" [syn: {high}]
3: having achieved eminence; "an eminent physician"
4: of imposing height; especially standing out above others;
"an eminent peak"; "lofty mountains"; "the soaring spires
of the cathedral"; "towering iceburgs" [syn: {lofty}, {soaring},

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