superfluous

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Superfluous \Su*per"flu*ous\, adjective [L. superfluus overflowing; super over, above + fluere to flow. See {Super-}, and {Fluent}.] More than is wanted or is sufficient; rendered unnecessary by superabundance; unnecessary; useless; excessive; as, a superfluous price. --Shak.

An authority which makes all further argument or illustration superfluous. --E. Everett.

{Superfluous interval} (Mus.), an interval that exceeds a major or perfect interval by a semitone.

Syn: Unnecessary; useless; exuberant; excessive; redundant; needless. -- {Su*per"flu*ous*ly}, adverb -- {Su*per"flu*ous*ness}, noun

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

superfluous

adjective

1: serving no useful purpose; having no excuse for being; "otiose lines in a play"; "advice is wasted words"; "a pointless remark"; "a life essentially purposeless"; "senseless violence" [syn: {otiose}, {pointless}, {purposeless}, {senseless}, {superfluous}, {wasted}]

2: more than is needed, desired, or required; "trying to lose excess weight"; "found some extra change lying on the dresser"; "yet another book on heraldry might be thought redundant"; "skills made redundant by technological advance"; "sleeping in the spare room"; "supernumerary ornamentation"; "it was supererogatory of her to gloat"; "delete superfluous (or unnecessary) words"; "extra ribs as well as other supernumerary internal parts"; "surplus cheese distributed to the needy" [syn: {excess}, {extra}, {redundant}, {spare}, {supererogatory}, {superfluous}, {supernumerary}, {surplus}]


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