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Meaning of SURPLUS

Pronunciation:  'surplus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a quantity much larger than is needed
  2. [adj]  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"

SURPLUS is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: excess, excess, extra, redundant, spare, supererogatory, superfluous, supernumerary, surplusage, unnecessary, unneeded
 See Also: overabundance, overmuch, overmuchness, superabundance



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sur"plus\, n. [F., fr. sur over + plus more. See
    {Sur-}, and {Plus}, and cf. {Superplus}.]
    1. That which remains when use or need is satisfied, or when
       a limit is reached; excess; overplus.
    2. Specifically, an amount in the public treasury at any time
       greater than is required for the ordinary purposes of the
  2. \Sur"plus\, a.
    Being or constituting a surplus; more than sufficient; as,
    surplus revenues; surplus population; surplus words.
          When the price of corn falleth, men give over surplus
          tillage, and break no more ground.       --Carew.