• A cutlass in excellent preservation and many other objects from 17th-century Jamestown were found in a large clay borrow pit filled with refuse
    A cutlass in excellent preservation and many other objects from 17th-century Jamestown were found in a large clay borrow pit filled with refuse
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n excellency an outstanding feature; something in which something or someone excels "a center of manufacturing excellence","the use of herbs is one of the excellencies of French cuisine"
    • n Excellency a title used to address dignitaries (such as ambassadors or governors); usually preceded by `Your' or `His' or `Her' "Your Excellency"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"Seized an excellent position behind two Russian guns." "Seized an excellent position behind two Russian guns."
His Excellency Q. Fabius offering Peace or War to the Carthaginian Senate His Excellency Q. Fabius offering Peace or War to the Carthaginian Senate
An excellent device for catching minnows An excellent device for catching minnows

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Polar bears are excellent swimmers. They have been known to swim more than 60 miles without a rest
    • Excellency A title of honor given to certain high dignitaries, esp. to viceroys, ministers, and ambassadors, to English colonial governors, etc. It was formerly sometimes given to kings and princes.
    • Excellency Excellence; virtue; dignity; worth; superiority. "His excellency is over Israel.""Extinguish in men the sense of their own excellency ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The long fibres that are found in bananas are excellent in making paper. The long fibres that are found in the banana plant can make the banana fibre paper approximately 3000 times stronger than regular paper
    • n Excellency Same as excellence, 1 and 2.
    • n Excellency A title of honor given to governors, ambassadors (as representing not the affairs alone but the persons of sovereign princes, to whom the title was formerly applied), ministers, and other high officers: with your, his, etc.; hence, a person entitled to this designation. The title His Excellency is given to the governor by the constitutions of New Hampshire and Massachusetts; and it is conventionally applied to the governors of other States and the President of the United States, and sometimes to the incumbents of other high offices.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pineapples were first called "anana", which is Caribbean for "excellent fruit."
    • ns Excellency great merit: any excellent quality: worth: greatness: a title of honour given to persons high in rank or office
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “In America the geography is sublime, but the men are not; the inventions are excellent, but the inventors one is sometimes ashamed of.”
  • Duke of Buckingham
    Duke of Buckingham
    “Of all the arts in which the wise excel, nature's chief masterpiece is writing well.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.”
  • Jean De La Bruyere
    “When a book raises your spirit, and inspires you with noble and manly thoughts, seek for no other test of its excellence. It is good, and made by a good workman.”
  • David Hume
    “He is happy whom circumstances suit his temper; but he Is more excellent who suits his temper to any circumstance.”
  • David Starr Jordan
    David Starr Jordan
    “There is no real excellence in all this world which can be separated from right living.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. excellĕreex, out, up, and a word from the root of celsus, high.


In literature:

In Mackenzie's excellent collection (p. 361), a later date is assigned to the production.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
It is an excellent warming pan and an excellent feet and hand warmer when riding.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
Some manufacturers market under this name a lime of excellent value.
"Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement" by Alva Agee
They are equally excellent for the skin.
"The Woman Beautiful" by Helen Follett Stevans
So stout, yet so tender, a heart, struck Roger as an excellent thing in woman.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
These he would describe afterwards with a vividness and power of language rarely excelled.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
Some of them, however, are preserved by their inherent excellence.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson
A theocratic government, no doubt excellent for the taming of Indians, is not by any means well adapted for an intelligent people.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
The latter yields excellent wood for agricultural implements, and fortunately it grows well in sour soils.
"The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir" by Sir James McCrone Douie
It is not surprising, your Excellency.
"The Ghost Breaker" by Paul Dickey
During the sixteenth century the Venetian school reached its highest excellence.
"A History of Art for Beginners and Students: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture" by Clara Erskine Clement
Excellency, we have not won success as yet, though we have found the young Excellency's brother.
"In the Mahdi's Grasp" by George Manville Fenn
She was an excellent hand at description.
"Helen Grant's Schooldays" by Amanda M. Douglas
Belknap is an excellent authority, as accurate as Stith without his diffuseness; and Hubbard's notes are worthy of the text.
"History of the Colony and Ancient Dominion of Virginia" by Charles Campbell
To-day the excellent man was punctual.
"Black Diamonds" by Mór Jókai
It was just what I wanted, an excellent map of Crefeld to the frontier, about 1:100,000.
"The Escaping Club" by A. J. Evans
He is indeed the most excellent of all beings.
"The Life or Legend of Gaudama" by Right Reverend Paul Ambroise Bigandet
This is Raffaello's chief excellence; and he may justly be denominated the painter of mind.
"The History of Painting in Italy, Vol. 2 (of 6)" by Luigi Antonio Lanzi
Flowering Almond is a very early-flowering bush, excellent for shrub-borders.
"The Practical Garden-Book" by C. E. Hunn
Their chief artistic excellence is the strength and vigour with which these low scenes are described.
"Woman's Work in English Fiction" by Clara Helen Whitmore

In poetry:

Here between honest Janin's joke
And his Turk Excellency's firman,
I write my name upon the book:
I write my name—and end my sermon.
"Vanitas Vanitatum" by William Makepeace Thackeray
--O, comfort thou of eyes
Watching expectant from chill northern skies,
Excellent joy for lids heavy with night--
Strange with delight!
"Comfortable Light" by John Freeman
My God! how excellent thy grace,
Whence all our hope and comfort springs !
The sons of Adam in distress
Fly to the shadow of thy wings.
"Psalm XXXVI: High in the Heav'ns" by Isaac Watts
What poet would not grieve to see
His brethren write as well as he?
But rather than they should excel,
He'd wish his rivals all in hell.
"Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift, D.S.P.D." by Jonathan Swift
And here's my hand, my trusty friend,
And give me your hand too,
And we will take an excellent good-will drink
For the days of long ago.
"Auld Lang Syne" by Robert Burns
In words of truth Christ all excels,
Leaves all his holy ones behind;
And he in whom his spirit dwells
Their hidden manna sure shall find.
"After Thomas Kempis" by George MacDonald

In news:

Season switch-outs can be an excellent time to purge your wardrobe and give your closet a deep clean.
Wanted man who applied to be a cop has the credentials to excel in old-school business and politics.
Band Boosters burnish excellence tradition.
She ran an article in last week's issue that was excellently written and edited, and worthy of sharing with my national audience.
The 40-passenger TS35 is the only 35-foot stainless steel integral designed coach in the market and provides excellent durability and safety.
GPS excels all-around in 70-33 victory.
My Mommy got me from an excellent breeder who knew how to raise me the bestest.
The Buzzy Awards for Theatre Excellence in Houston for the 2011-2012 Season.
Five-game capsule: The Bears are in excellent position after rebounding from a Week 2 debacle at Lambeau Field.
The new service that links the O2 Arena in Greenwich with the ExCel exhibition centre in east London opened to the public on Thursday.
No categories, no restrictions: Excellence is the sole criterion.
Featured at this event will be the excellent vintages of Cakebread Wine Cellars, Napa Valley, CA.
Stock ProChannel effects sound excellent and are built into every mixer channel.
It started with an Excel file I inherited from my old boss and mentor, Mike Wood.
Beamex and Emerson have partnered to offer a solution for managing instrumentation calibrations called Calibration Excellence.

In science:

Hizel discussions and excellent guidance throughout this research.
On the Hopf Structure of W(2) Algebra and N=1 Superconformal Algebra in the Ope Language
Before the launch of Chandra , with its excellent angular resolution, X-ray source populations could not be studied in detail in galaxies outside the Local Group.
X-ray Source Population in the Elliptical Galaxy NGC 720 with Chandra
The resulting data are in excellent agreement with the exact result (solid line) calculated from Eq. (12).
Statistical properties of resonance widths for open Quantum Graphs
The data are in excellent agreement with the RMT expectation given in Eq. (38).
Statistical properties of resonance widths for open Quantum Graphs
Excellent energy resolution and polarization sensitivity are key features of the SMCT.
Gamma-ray Polarimetry
The quality parameter ranges from excellent (Q = 1) to poor (Q = 3).
Redshift-Distance Survey of Early-Type Galaxies: Circular Aperture Photometry
Fig. 3.— Examples of the light profile fitting of excellent quality (Q = 1).
Redshift-Distance Survey of Early-Type Galaxies: Circular Aperture Photometry
The excellent agreement between this model curve and the GC data over the full range 6 <∼ R <∼ 30 kpc implies that the assumption of isotropy is, in fact, essential ly correct.
Dynamics of the Globular Cluster System Associated with M49 (NGC4472): Cluster Orbital Properties and the Distribution of Dark Matter
The great success of the Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) has shown that X-ray timing is an excellent tool for the study of strong gravitational fields and the measurement of fundamental physical properties of black holes and neutron stars.
Relativistic Astrophysics Explorer
There, it was found first experimentally, and then confirmed theoretically that also in these systems the adlayer S-mode is to an excellent approximation completely dispersionless.
Diffraction of He atoms from Xe monolayer adsorbed on the graphite (0001) revisited: The importance of multiple scattering processes
As also discussed above, this proves that our results fulfill Kohn theorem with an excellent accuracy.
Symmetry breaking and the random-phase approximation in small quantum dots
An excellent restoration of the circular symmetry is obtained for the N = 6 dot –we remind the reader that the corresponding HF density was shown in Fig. 2.
Symmetry breaking and the random-phase approximation in small quantum dots
Some important applications of hermitean matrix models which will not be treated here, are in the description of random surfaces in the field of quantum gravity (for an excellent introduction see ), where a N −2 expansion amounts to a genus expansion of the random surface, and in string theory.
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
For further information on the experimental and theoretical issues we refer the reader to the excellent introductory review on random matrix theory and quantum transport by Beenakker . 15Our notation is such that U S p(2p) ≡ U S p(2p, C ) ≡ U (p, Q).
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
Since the presentation in is excellent, we will just summarize the results here.
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces