superincumbent


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su·per·in·cum·bent

 (so͞o′pər-ĭn-kŭm′bənt)
adj.
Lying or resting on or above something.

[Latin superincumbēns, superincumbent-, present participle of superincumbere, to lie on top of : super-, super- + incumbere, to lie down; see incumbent.]

su′per·in·cum′bence, su′per·in·cum′ben·cy n.

superincumbent

(ˌsuːpərɪnˈkʌmbənt)
adj
1. lying or being on top of something else
2. situated or suspended above; overhanging
ˌsuperinˈcumbence, ˌsuperinˈcumbency n
ˌsuperinˈcumbently adv

superincumbent

- Means "on the surface of" or "lying or resting upon."
See also related terms for resting.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.superincumbent - lying or resting on and exerting pressure on something else; "superincumbent layers of dead plants cut off the air and arrested decomposition"
superjacent - lying immediately above or on something else
References in classic literature ?
But in life --as we have elsewhere seen --this inclined plane is angularly filled up, and almost squared by the enormous superincumbent mass of the junk and sperm.
She bade her acquaintance goodbye--for the respective carters had now come out from the inn--and the two waggons resumed their journey in opposite directions; the vehicle whereon sat Marian, Izz, and the ploughman's family with whom they had thrown in their lot, being brightly painted, and drawn by three powerful horses with shining brass ornaments on their harness; while the waggon on which Mrs Durbeyfield and her family rode was a creaking erection that would scarcely bear the weight of the superincumbent load; one which had known no paint since it was made, and drawn by two horses only.
Forbes, in a greater depth of water than from 40 to 250 feet; but they are now covered with sea-deposited strata from 800 to 1000 feet in thickness: hence the bed of the sea, on which these shells once lived, must have sunk downwards several hundred feet, to allow of the accumulation of the superincumbent strata.
You might as well set Mount AEtna on them flat, and tell them to stand up under it, as tell me to elevate my servants under all the superincumbent mass of society upon them.
Nor should we be justified in assuming that if, for instance, the bed of the Pacific Ocean were now converted into a continent, we should there find formations older than the silurian strata, supposing such to have been formerly deposited; for it might well happen that strata which had subsided some miles nearer to the centre of the earth, and which had been pressed on by an enormous weight of superincumbent water, might have undergone far more metamorphic action than strata which have always remained nearer to the surface.
The proletariat, the lowest stratum of our present society, cannot stir, cannot raise itself up, without the whole superincumbent strata of official society being sprung into the air.