Su`per*nu"mer*a*ry (?), a. [L. supernumerarius: cf. OF. supernum'eraire, F. surnum'eraire. See Super-, and Numerary, Number.]

1.

Exceeding the number stated or prescribed; as, a supernumerary officer in a regiment.

2.

Exceeding a necessary, usual, or required number or quality; superfluous; as, supernumerary addresses; supernumerary expense.

Addison.

 

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Su`per*nu"mer*a*ry, n.; pl. Supernumeraries ().

1.

A person or thing beyond the number stated.

2.

A person or thing beyond what is necessary or usual; especially, a person employed not for regular service, but only to fill the place of another in case of need; specifically, in theaters, a person who is not a regular actor, but is employed to appear in a stage spectacle.

 

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