n.1.(Rom. Law) One to whom a right of surface occupation is granted; one who pays quitrent for a house built upon another man's ground.
a.1.Of or pertaining to the superficies, or surface; superficial.
2.(Rom. Law) Situated or built on another man's land, as a house.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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(108) 'Mathematics is superficiary, as it were, and builds on someone else's land', wrote Seneca.