Webster 1913 Edition
[L., compar. of
inferusthat is below, underneath, the lower; akin to E.
under: cf. F.
Lower in place, rank, value, excellence, etc.; less important or valuable; subordinate; underneath; beneath.
inferiorand particular propositions.
The body, or, as some love to call it, our
Whether they are equal or
inferiorto my other poems, an author is the most improper judge.
Poor or mediocre;
inferiorquality of goods
Nearer the sun than the earth is;
inferioror interior planets; an
inferiorconjunction of Mercury or Venus.
Below the horizon;
inferiorpart of a meridian
Situated below some other organ; – said of a calyx when free from the ovary, and therefore below it, or of an ovary with an adherent and therefore inferior calyx.
On the side of a flower which is next the bract; anterior.
Junior or subordinate in rank;
a court subject to the jurisdiction of another court known as the–
superior court, or
a small letter or figure standing at the bottom of the line (opposed to–
superior letteror figure),
as in A.
n, 2 and n are
the tide corresponding to the moon’s transit of the meridian, when below the horizon.
A person lower in station, rank, intellect, etc., than another.
A great person gets more by obliging his
inferiorthan by disdaining him.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Lower in place.
2.Lower in station, age, or rank in life. Pay due respect to those who are superior in station, and due civility to those who are inferior.
3.Lower in excellence or value; as a poem of inferior merit; cloth of inferior quality or price.
4.Subordinate; of less importance. Attend to health and safety; ease and convenience are inferior considerations.
A person gets more by obliging his inferior, than by disdaining him.