2011년 12월 24일 토요일

Dic: review of the prefix, hyper-

■ hyper-

  1. above, over, or in excesshypercritical
  2. (in medicine) denoting an abnormal excesshyperacidity
  3. indicating that a chemical compound contains a greater than usual amount of an element: hyperoxide

■  hyper-

 1. more than usual, especially too much
  • hypersensitive (= too sensitive) 
  • hyper-inflation
  • a hyper-extended knee
 2. beyond the usual size or limits
  • a hyperlink (= from one website to another)
■  Hyper- is used to form adjectives that describe someone as having a lot or too much of a particular quality.
  • I hated my father. He was hyper-critical and mean...
  • He is one of those lean, hyper-fit people.
..... COLLINS, LDOCE, COBUILD


CF. ■ hyper: If someone is hyper, they are very excited and energetic. (INFORMAL)
  • I was incredibly hyper. I couldn't sleep. (= hyperactive)

.... COBUILD

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