Pronunciation: (sOO'pur), [key]
a. a superintendent, esp. of an apartment house.
2. an article of a superior quality, grade, size, etc.
3. (in beekeeping) the portion of a hive in which honey is stored.
4. Printing.supercalendered paper.
5. Television.an additional image superimposed on the original video image: A super of the guest's name is included under the picture when the guest is introduced.
1. of the highest degree, power, etc.
2. of an extreme or excessive degree.
3. Informal.very good; first-rate; excellent.
4. (of measurement) superficial.
Slang.very; extremely or excessively: super classy; a super large portion of food.
a prefix occurring originally in loanwords from Latin, with the basic meaning “above, beyond.” Words formed with super- have the following general senses: “to place or be placed above or over” (superimpose; supersede), “a thing placed over or added to another” (superscript; superstructure; supertax), “situated over” (superficial; superlunary) and, more figuratively, “an individual, thing, or property that exceeds customary norms or levels” (superalloy; superconductivity; superman; superstar), “an individual or thing larger, more powerful, or with wider application than others of its kind” (supercomputer; superhighway; superpower; supertanker), “exceeding the norms or limits of a given class” (superhuman; superplastic), “having the specified property to a great or excessive degree” (supercritical; superfine; supersensitive), “to subject to (a physical process) to an extreme degree or in an unusual way” (supercharge; supercool; supersaturate), “a category that embraces a number of lesser items of the specified kind” (superfamily; supergalaxy), “a chemical compound with a higher proportion than usual of a given constituent” (superphosphate).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.