(Sur"loin`) n. [F. surlonge; sur upon + longe loin. See Sur-, and Loin.] A loin of beef, or the
upper part of the loin. See Sirloin, the more usual, but not etymologically preferable, orthography.
(Sur"ly) a. [Compar. Surlier ; superl. Surliest.] [Probably from sir, and originally meaning,
sirlike, i.e., proud. See Sir, and Like, a.]
1. Arrogant; haughty. [Obs.] Cotgrave.
2. Gloomily morose; ill-natured, abrupt, and rude; severe; sour; crabbed; rough; sullen; gloomy; as, a surly
groom; a surly dog; surly language; a surly look. "That surly spirit, melancholy." Shak.
3. Rough; dark; tempestuous.
Now softened into joy the surly storm.Thomson.
(Sur"mark`) n. (Shipbuilding) A mark made on the molds of a ship, when building, to show
where the angles of the timbers are to be placed. [Written also sirmark.]
(Sur*mis"a*ble) a. Capable of being surmised; as, a surmisable result.
(Sur*mis"al) n. Surmise. [R.] Milton.
(Sur*mise") n. [OF. surmise accusation, fr. surmettre, p. p. surmis, to impose, accuse; sur
(see Sur-) + mettre to put, set, L. mittere to send. See Mission.]
1. A thought, imagination, or conjecture, which is based upon feeble or scanty evidence; suspicion; guess; as,
the surmisses of jealousy or of envy.
[We] double honor gainMilton.
From his surmise proved false.
No man ought to be charged with principles he actually disowns, unless his practicies contradict his
profession; not upon small surmises.Swift.
2. Reflection; thought. [Obs.] Shak.
Syn. Conjecture; supposition; suspicion; doubt.
(Sur*mise"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Surmised ; p. pr. & vb. n. Surmising.] To imagine without
certain knowledge; to infer on slight grounds; to suppose, conjecture, or suspect; to guess.
It wafted nearer yet, and then she knewDryden.
That what before she but surmised, was true.
This change was not wrought by altering the form or position of the earth, as was surmised by a very
learned man, but by dissolving it.Woodward.
(Sur*mis"er) n. One who surmises.
(Sur*mis"ing), a. & n. from Surmise, v.
(Sur*mount") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Surmounted; p. pr. & vb. n. Surmounting.] [OE. sourmounten,
OF. surmonter, sormonter, F. surmonter; sur over + monter to mount. See Sur-, and Mount, v. i.]
1. To rise above; to be higher than; to overtop.
The mountains of Olympus, Athos, and Atlas, overreach and surmount all winds and clouds.Sir W.