Hypertext Webster Gateway: "super"

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

Super- \Su"per-\ [L. super over, above; akin to Gr. ?, L. sub
under, and E. over. See {Over}, and cf. {Hyper-}, {Sub-},
{Supra-}, {Sur-}.]
1. A prefix signifying above, over, beyond, and hence often
denoting in a superior position, in excess, over and
above, in addition, exceedingly; as in superimpose,
supersede, supernatural, superabundance.

2. (Chem.) A prefix formerly much used to denote that the
ingredient to the name of which it was prefixed was
present in a large, or unusually large, proportion as
compared with the other ingredients; as in calcium
superphosphate. It has been superseded by per-, bi-, di-,
acid, etc. (as peroxide, bicarbonate, disulphide, and acid
sulphate), which retain the old meanings of super-, but
with sharper definition. Cf. {Acid}, a., {Bi-}, {Di-}, and

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

Super \Su"per\, n.
A contraction of {Supernumerary}, in sense 2. [Theatrical

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: (informal) of the highest quality; "an ace reporter"; "a
crack shot"; "a first-rate golfer"; "a super party";
"played top-notch tennis"; "an athlete in tiptop
condition"; "she is absolutely tops" [syn: {ace}, {A-one},
{crack}, {first-rate}, {tiptop}, {topnotch}, {tops(p)}]
2: including more than a specified category; "a super
3: extremely large; "another super skyscraper"
n : a caretaker for an apartment house; represents the owner as
janitor and rent collector [syn: {superintendent}]
adv : to an extreme degree; "the house was super clean for
Mother's visit" [syn: {extremely}]

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