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 for supernumerary
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Supernumerary \Su`per*nu"mer*a*ry\, a. [L. supernumerarius: cf.
     OF. supernum['e]raire, F. surnum['e]raire. See Super-, and
     Numerary, Number.]
     1. Exceeding the number stated or prescribed; as, a
        supernumerary officer in a regiment.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Exceeding a necessary, usual, or required number or
        quality; superfluous; as, supernumerary addresses;
        supernumerary expense. --Addison.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Supernumerary \Su`per*nu"mer*a*ry\, n.; pl. Supernumeraries.
     1. A person or thing beyond the number stated.
        [1913 Webster]
     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.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: more than is needed, desired, or required; "trying to
             lose excess weight"; "found some extra change lying on
             the dresser"; "yet another book on heraldry might be
             thought redundant"; "skills made redundant by
             technological advance"; "sleeping in the spare room";
             "supernumerary ornamentation"; "it was supererogatory of
             her to gloat"; "delete superfluous (or unnecessary)
             words"; "extra ribs as well as other supernumerary
             internal parts"; "surplus cheese distributed to the
             needy" [syn: excess, extra, redundant, spare,
             supererogatory, superfluous, supernumerary,
      n 1: a person serving no apparent function; "reducing staff is
           difficult because our employees include no supernumeraries"
      2: a minor actor in crowd scenes [syn: supernumerary, spear
         carrier, extra]

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