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 for superior
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Superior \Su*pe"ri*or\, a. [L., compar. of superus being above,
     fr. super above, over: cf. F. sup['e]rieur. See Super-, and
     cf. Supreme.]
     1. More elevated in place or position; higher; upper; as, the
        superior limb of the sun; the superior part of an image.
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     2. Higher in rank or office; more exalted in dignity; as, a
        superior officer; a superior degree of nobility.
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     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.
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     4. Beyond the power or influence of; too great or firm to be
        subdued or affected by; -- with to.
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              There is not in earth a spectacle more worthy than a
              great man superior to his sufferings. --Spectator.
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     5. More comprehensive; as a term in classification; as, a
        genus is superior to a species.
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     6. (Bot.)
        (a) 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.
        (b) Belonging to the part of an axillary flower which is
            toward the main stem; posterior.
        (c) Pointing toward the apex of the fruit; ascending; --
            said of the radicle.
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     Superior conjunction, Superior planets, etc. See
        Conjunction, Planet, etc.
  
     Superior figure, Superior letter (Print.), a figure or
        letter printed above the line, as a reference to a note or
        an index of a power, etc; as, in x^{2 + y^{n}, 2 is a
        superior figure, n a superior letter. Cf. Inferior
        figure, under Inferior.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Superior \Su*pe"ri*or\, 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.
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     2. (Eccl.) The head of a monastery, convent, abbey, or the
        like.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  superior
      adj 1: of high or superior quality or performance; "superior
             wisdom derived from experience"; "superior math students"
             [ant: inferior]
      2: of or characteristic of high rank or importance; "a superior
         ruler" [ant: inferior]
      3: (sometimes followed by `to') not subject to or influenced by;
         "overcome by a superior opponent"; "trust magnates who felt
         themselves superior to law"
      4: written or printed above and to one side of another character
         [syn: superscript, superior] [ant: adscript,
         inferior, subscript]
      5: having an orbit farther from the sun than the Earth's orbit;
         "Mars and Jupiter are the closest in of the superior planets"
         [ant: inferior]
      6: having a higher rank; "superior officer" [syn: ranking(a),
         superior, higher-ranking]
      7: (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"
      n 1: one of greater rank or station or quality [syn: superior,
           higher-up, superordinate] [ant: inferior]
      2: the head of a religious community
      3: a combatant who is able to defeat rivals [syn: victor,
         master, superior]
      4: the largest freshwater lake in the world; the deepest of the
         Great Lakes [syn: Lake Superior, Superior]
      5: a town in northwest Wisconsin on Lake Superior across from
         Duluth
      6: a character or symbol set or printed or written above and
         immediately to one side of another character [syn:
         superscript, superior] [ant: inferior, subscript]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  219 Moby Thesaurus words for "superior":
     A per se, a cut above, above, above par, absolute, ace, ahead,
     appalling, arrogant, ascendant, astonishing, authoritarian,
     authoritative, authorized, autocratic, better, big, big-league,
     big-name, big-time, bigwig, bigwigged, boss, brass hat, capital,
     capping, cavalier, champion, chief, choice, chosen, classier,
     clothed with authority, commander, commanding, competent,
     condescending, consequential, considerable, conspicuous,
     controlling, crack, dainty, dandy, dean, delicate, disdainful,
     distinguished, dominant, domineering, double-barreled, doyen,
     doyenne, duly constituted, earthshaking, eclipsing, egregious,
     elder, elegant, elevated, elitist, eminent, empowered, estimable,
     ex officio, exceeding, excellent, excelling, exceptional,
     exquisite, extraordinary, fabulous, famous, fantastic, fine, finer,
     first-class, first-rate, first-string, formidable, fugleman,
     genius, governing, grand, great, greater, haughty, head,
     heavyweight, hegemonic, hegemonistic, high priest, high-and-mighty,
     high-class, high-faluting, high-flown, high-grade, high-headed,
     high-nosed, high-powered, high-quality, high-test, higher,
     higher-up, highest, hoity-toity, imperative, important,
     important person, in ascendancy, in the ascendant, incredible,
     influential, insolent, kingfish, kingpin, laureate, leader,
     leading, loftier, lofty, major, marked, marvelous, master,
     matchless, material, mighty, miraculous, momentous, monocratic,
     name, nonpareil, notable, noteworthy, noticeable, numinous,
     of choice, of mark, official, one up on, outstanding, over,
     overbearing, overlying, paragon, patronizing, peerless, personage,
     potent, powerful, preeminent, preferable, preferred, premium,
     prestigious, preternatural, primary, prime, principal, prodigy,
     prominent, proud, puissant, purse-proud, ranking, rare, recherche,
     remarkable, rivaling, ruler, ruling, select, self-important,
     senior, signal, significant, star, sterling, striking, stuck-up,
     substantial, super, supercilious, superhuman, superincumbent,
     superlative, superman, supermundane, superstar, supervisor,
     supramundane, supranatural, supreme, surpassing, the greatest,
     the most, tonier, top dog, toplofty, topping, totalitarian,
     transcendent, transcendental, transcending, uncommon, unearthly,
     unusual, upmost, upper, uppermost, uppish, uppity, upstage,
     virtuoso, weighty, wonderful, world-shaking, worthy
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  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. 
  
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Superior, WI -- U.S. village in Wisconsin
     Population (2000):    500
     Housing Units (2000): 210
     Land area (2000):     1.235471 sq. miles (3.199855 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.007935 sq. miles (0.020551 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    1.243406 sq. miles (3.220406 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            78660
     Located within:       Wisconsin (WI), FIPS 55
     Location:             46.656140 N, 92.103638 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     54880
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Superior, WI
      Superior
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Superior, WI -- U.S. city in Wisconsin
     Population (2000):    27368
     Housing Units (2000): 12196
     Land area (2000):     36.939706 sq. miles (95.673395 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    18.492591 sq. miles (47.895588 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    55.432297 sq. miles (143.568983 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            78650
     Located within:       Wisconsin (WI), FIPS 55
     Location:             46.706882 N, 92.085255 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     54880
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Superior, WI
      Superior
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Superior, WY -- U.S. town in Wyoming
     Population (2000):    244
     Housing Units (2000): 153
     Land area (2000):     1.098431 sq. miles (2.844924 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    1.098431 sq. miles (2.844924 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            74775
     Located within:       Wyoming (WY), FIPS 56
     Location:             41.763159 N, 108.967616 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):    
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Superior, WY
      Superior
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Superior, MT -- U.S. town in Montana
     Population (2000):    893
     Housing Units (2000): 410
     Land area (2000):     1.084690 sq. miles (2.809335 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.098753 sq. miles (0.255770 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    1.183443 sq. miles (3.065105 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            72625
     Located within:       Montana (MT), FIPS 30
     Location:             47.193305 N, 114.890379 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     59872
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Superior, MT
      Superior
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Superior, NE -- U.S. city in Nebraska
     Population (2000):    2055
     Housing Units (2000): 1123
     Land area (2000):     1.884303 sq. miles (4.880321 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    1.884303 sq. miles (4.880321 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            47815
     Located within:       Nebraska (NE), FIPS 31
     Location:             40.022415 N, 98.067010 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     68978
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Superior, NE
      Superior
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Superior, AZ -- U.S. town in Arizona
     Population (2000):    3254
     Housing Units (2000): 1470
     Land area (2000):     1.931569 sq. miles (5.002741 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    1.931569 sq. miles (5.002741 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            71300
     Located within:       Arizona (AZ), FIPS 04
     Location:             33.288943 N, 111.103931 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     85273
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Superior, AZ
      Superior
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Superior, CO -- U.S. town in Colorado
     Population (2000):    9011
     Housing Units (2000): 3754
     Land area (2000):     3.953655 sq. miles (10.239919 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.019221 sq. miles (0.049781 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    3.972876 sq. miles (10.289700 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            75640
     Located within:       Colorado (CO), FIPS 08
     Location:             39.934718 N, 105.162786 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):    
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Superior, CO
      Superior
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Superior, IA -- U.S. city in Iowa
     Population (2000):    142
     Housing Units (2000): 64
     Land area (2000):     0.422607 sq. miles (1.094546 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    0.422607 sq. miles (1.094546 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            76440
     Located within:       Iowa (IA), FIPS 19
     Location:             43.432156 N, 94.945692 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     51363
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Superior, IA
      Superior
  

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