What does the word surpassing mean?

Usage examples for surpassing

  1. Several other things, and in particular their clothing, shewed that they were possessed of a degree of ingenuity, far surpassing what one could expect to find amongst so northern a people. – A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16 by Robert Kerr
  2. The quarrel was forced upon him, and, during a pause, Boucher struck a foul blow, which, had it not been for Mr. Willet's surpassing skill, would have proved mortal and would have stained the honor of all Frenchmen in Quebec. – The Hunters of the Hills by Joseph Altsheler
  3. " It is true," she says, " we were unable to visit any of the great centres of population, or to travel amongst the independent tribes, but we saw several aouls on the banks of the Kouban, and were entertained in a princely family, and nowhere did we meet with any of those surpassing beauties whom more fortunate travellers have celebrated." – Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century by W. H. Davenport Adams