hyper-, hyp-

(Greek: above, over; excessive; more than normal; abnormal excess [in medicine]; abnormally great or powerful sensation [in physical or pathological terms]; highest [in chemical compounds])

hyperbolic (high" pur BAHL ik) (adjective), more hyperbolic, most hyperbolic
Referring to an exaggerated statement or a description of something in a way that makes it seem better, worse, larger, more important, etc. than it really is: Little Tony had a hyperbolic or inflated way of talking to his friends in primary school, saying that his father could hit a baseball so high and far that it couldn't be seen again, or that he had the most beautiful mother in the world!
Over stated in order to impress someone.
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hyperbolically
In an exaggerated manner.
hyperbolism
1. The use of hyperbole or exaggeration.
2. An instance of hyperbole or an exaggerated statement.
hyperbolize (verb), hyperbolizes; hyperbolized; hyperbolizing
To use deliberate and obvious exaggerations about something for effect: Mark obviously hyperbolized about how he was mistreated when he didn't have enough money to pay for all of the books that he wanted to buy from the bookstore.
hyperbolized
1. Expressed with exaggeration or an over statement.
2. In rhetoric or speaking, amplification; a representation of things beyond the truth; hyperbolical representation, whether of good or evil.
3. In painting, a method of giving a representation of things too strong for the life.
hyperbolizes
1. Representing in an excessive manner; going beyond the bounds of truth reason, or justice; making overstatements.
2. The act of representing things beyond natural life, in expression, beauty, power, or vigor.
hyperbolizing
1. Doing something to an excessive degree.
2. Overstating, or describing, something that is more than what is factual.
Hyperborean
In Greek mythology, a group of people who the ancient Greeks believed lived in a warm and sunny land north of the source of the north wind.
hyperbrachycephaly
An extreme degree of brachycephaly (disproportionate shortness of the head), with a cephalic index (ratio of the maximal breadth to the maximal length of the head) of over 85.
hyperbulia (s) (noun), hyperbulias (pl)
An excessive zeal for doing something and regretting having done it: Dorothy and David were so in love after the first week and the hyperbulia of getting married the next day turned out to be a complete disaster because all Dorothy was really interested in was David's money!
A great eagerness to accomplish something and then wishing it was not done.
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hypercapnia (s) (noun) (usually no plural)
1. The presence of an abnormally high level of carbon dioxide in the circulating blood.
2. An abnormally increased arterial carbon dioxide tension as a result of hypoventilation; hypercarbia.
hypercapnic (adjective), more hypercapnic, most hypercapnic
A descriptive word for an excess of carbon dioxide in the blood.
hypercapnosis (s) (noun), hypercapnoses (pl)
Excessive smoking.
hypercardia
An excessive enlargement of the heart.
hypercaust
Also used instead of hypocaust; that is, a reference to "underfloor heating".

The air was heated by a furnace (outside the rooms) and once it had circulated underneath the flagstone floors, it escaped via flues in the walls of the rooms, or spaces in the walls, for heat to travel upward.

Colchester: Roman heating system found

Evidence of Roman central heating was found by archaeologists digging at the site of the old Head Street Post Office.

The heating system, called a "channelled hypercaust", was unearthed by diggers working on the site for the Colchester Archaeological Trust.

It proves that nearly 2000 years ago, Roman citizens of Colchester were warming their toes (trouble-free) in the coldest of winters.

Archaeologists were taking out a lot of material from the destruction of the town by Boudica which included the remains of walls and foundations.

The whole site was being converted into a cinema, but must be investigated first because it sat in the center of Britain's oldest recorded town.

The hypercaust central heating is believed to have serviced a large town house room over ten meters long

It was thought to be part of the same building as a bath complex found earlier at the site and worked by drawing hot air from a fire under the floors of the buildings.

The heat was transferred to the floor and could be felt in the room. It was a dirt and smoke-free method of heating a room long before electricity.

—Excerpts from Echo, July 30, 2000; "Colchester: Roman heating system found".

Related "above, over, beyond the normal, excessive" word units: epi-; super-, supra-, sur; ultra-, ult-.

Inter-related cross references, directly or indirectly, involving word units meaning "more, plentiful, fullness, excessive, over flowing": copi-; exuber-; multi-; opulen-; ple-; pleio-; plethor-; poly-; super-; total-; ultra-; undu-.