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sur·charge / ˈsərˌchärj/ • n. 1. an additional charge or payment: we guarantee that no surcharges will be added to the cost of your trip. ∎  a charge made by assessors as a penalty for false returns of taxable property. ∎  the showing of an omission in an account for which credit should have been given.2. a mark printed on a postage stamp changing its value.• v. [tr.] 1. exact an additional charge or payment from: retailers will be able to surcharge credit-card users.2. mark (a postage stamp) with a surcharge.


views updated Jun 11 2018

surcharge. Arches, pendentives, etc., can be unstable on their own without superimposed loads. An arch, for example, requires a mass of material at the haunches for stability, and further surcharges over the haunches and arch proper help to enable the structure to settle down. Pendentives are subject to similar surcharges to be structurally sound.


views updated Jun 27 2018


An overcharge or additional cost.

A surcharge is an added liability imposed on something that is already due, such as a tax on tax. It also refers to the penalty a court can impose on a fiduciary for breaching a duty.

In equity, surcharging means to show that a particular item, in favor of the party surcharging, should be included in an account that is alleged to be settled or complete.


views updated May 21 2018

surcharge excessive or exorbitant charge. XVII. f. the vb. (XV) — OF. surcharger. See SUR-2, CHARGE.