1. noun
a) A civil designation for somebody who works in a group, association or public office, without forming part of the regular staff; those distinguished from numerary. (For example, supernumerary judges are those who help the regular judges when there is a surplus amount of work.)
b) An extra or walk-on in a film or play; spear-carrier.
a) Extra; beyond the standard or prescribed amount.

Over close-ups of little faces with hare lips, little trunks with stumps instead of legs and arms, little hands with clusters of supernumerary fingers, little bodies adorned with a double row of nipples, we hear the voice of the Narrator.

b) Greater in number than.

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  • Supernumerary — is an additional member of an organization. A supernumerary is also non regular member of a staff, a member of the staff or an employee who works in a public office who is not part of the manpower complement. Thus, a supernumerary could be an… …   Wikipedia

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  • supernumerary — index ancillary (auxiliary), copious, excess, excessive, expendable, needless, redundant, superfluous …   Law dictionary

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  • Supernumerary — Beyond the normal number. Anything supernumerary is extra. A supernumerary chromosome is an extra one beyond the usual number of 46. A supernumerary digit is an extra finger or toe. A supernumerary nipple is an extra nipple beyond the usual one… …   Medical dictionary

  • supernumerary — UK [ˌsuːpə(r)ˈnjuːmərərɪ] / US [ˌsupərˈnuməˌrerɪ] adjective formal additional to the number that you need Derived word: supernumerary UK / US noun countable Word forms supernumerary : singular supernumerary plural supernumeraries …   English dictionary

  • supernumerary — I. adjective Etymology: Late Latin supernumerarius, from Latin super + numerus number Date: 1605 1. a. exceeding the usual, stated, or prescribed number < a supernumerary tooth > b. not enumerated among the regular components of a group and… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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