|a.||1.||More elevated in place or position; higher; upper; as, the superior limb of the sun; the superior part of an image.|
|2.||Higher in rank or office; more exalted in dignity; as, a superior officer; a superior degree of nobility.|
|3.||Higher or greater in excellence; surpassing others in the greatness, or value of any quality; greater in quality or degree; as, a man of superior merit; or of superior bravery.|
|4.||Beyond the power or influence of; too great or firm to be subdued or affected by; - with to.|
|5.||More comprehensive; as a term in classification; as, a genus is superior to a species.|
|6.||(Bot.) Above the ovary; - said of parts of the flower which, although normally below the ovary, adhere to it, and so appear to originate from its upper part; also of an ovary when the other floral organs are plainly below it in position, and free from it.|
|n.||1.||One who is above, or surpasses, another in rank, station, office, age, ability, or merit; one who surpasses in what is desirable; as, Addison has no superior as a writer of pure English.|
|2.||(Eccl.) The head of a monastery, convent, abbey, or the like.|
|Noun||1.||superior - one of greater rank or station or quality|
inferior - one of lesser rank or station or quality
|2.||superior - the head of a religious community|
|3.||superior - a combatant who is able to defeat rivals|
|4.||Superior - the largest freshwater lake in the world; the deepest of the Great Lakes|
Synonyms: Lake Superior
|5.||Superior - a town in northwest Wisconsin on Lake Superior across from Duluth|
|6.||superior - a character or symbol set or printed or written above and immediately to one side of another character|
|Adj.||1.||superior - of high or superior quality or performance; "superior wisdom derived from experience"; "superior math students"|
inferior - of low or inferior quality
|2.||superior - of or characteristic of high rank or importance; "a superior officer"|
inferior - of or characteristic of low rank or importance
|3.||superior - (sometimes followed by `to') not subject to or influenced by; "overcome by a superior opponent"; "trust magnates who felt themselves superior to law"|
|4.||superior - written or printed above and to one side of another character|
|5.||superior - having an orbit farther from the sun than the Earth's orbit; "Mars and Jupiter are the closest in of the superior planets"|
inferior - having an orbit between the sun and the Earth's orbit; "Mercury and Venus are inferior planets"
|6.||superior - having a higher rank; "superior officer"|
|7.||superior - (often followed by `to') above being affected or influenced by; "he is superior to fear"; "an ignited firework proceeds superior to circumstances until its blazing vitality fades"|
SUPERIOR. One who has a right to command; one who holds a superior rank; as,
a soldier is bound to obey his superior.
2. In estates, some are superior to others; an estate entitled to a servitude or easement over another estate, is called the superior or dominant, and the other the inferior or servient estate. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 1612.
3. Of courts, some are supreme or superior, possessing in general appellate jurisdiction, either by writ of error or by appeal; 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 2527; the others are called inferior courts.