• 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 excellence the quality of excelling; possessing good qualities in high degree
    • n excellence 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"
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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
    • Excellence A title of honor or respect; -- more common in the form excellency. "I do greet your excellence With letters of commission from the king."
    • Excellence An excellent or valuable quality; that by which any one excels or is eminent; a virtue. "With every excellence refined."
    • Excellence The quality of being excellent; state of possessing good qualities in an eminent degree; exalted merit; superiority in virtue. "Consider first that great
      Or bright infers not excellence ."
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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 excellence The state of excelling in anything or of possessing good qualities in an unusual or eminent degree; merit; goodness; virtue; superiority; eminence.
    • n excellence A mark or trait of superiority; a valuable quality; anything highly laudable, meritorious, or virtuous in persons, or valuable and esteemed in things; a merit.
    • n excellence Same as excellency, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pineapples were first called "anana", which is Caribbean for "excellent fruit."
    • ns Excellence great merit: any excellent quality: worth: greatness: a title of honour given to persons high in rank or office
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  • Richard Rorty
    Richard Rorty
    “Always strive to excel, but only on weekends.”
  • Joseph Joubert
    Joseph Joubert
    “There is always some frivolity in excellent minds; they have wings to rise, but also stray.”
  • Henrik Ibsen
    “Don't use that foreign word ideals. We have that excellent native word lies.”
  • Aristotle
    “No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.”
  • Joe Paterno
    Joe Paterno
    “Losing a game is heartbreaking. Losing your sense of excellence or worth is a tragedy.”
  • P.T. Barnum
    P.T. Barnum
    “Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. excellence, L. excellentia,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. excellĕreex, out, up, and a word from the root of celsus, high.


In literature:

Pride and deepest gratitude possessed my heart that his Excellency should have found me worthy of his august commendation.
"The Reckoning" by Robert W. Chambers
A half-bred animal may be less valuable than its parents, but a quadroon may greatly excel its progenitors.
"The Stock-Feeder's Manual" by Charles Alexander Cameron
The wood of the tree makes excellent fuel, and is also often used for articles of furniture.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
The machine was none too good, but the road for the main part was excellent.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
Undoubtedly, the host of the Roemischer Kaiser was an excellent specimen of this class.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
The tone also is excellent.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
J. Alexander, T. A. Curtis, and J. M. Pearce were present, and made excellent speeches in favour of civil and religious liberty.
"Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore, Volume I" by Sir Moses Montefiore
It is an excellent remedy for tan, freckles, and sunburn also.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
I was disappointed as it seemed to be an excellent chance to learn whether the girl be dead or alive.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
It was prosperous; the wine became excellent and the drinkers many.
"The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon" by José Maria Gordon
In the neatness of their gardens, which are usually cultivated by the females, they excel the Americans.
"A New Guide for Emigrants to the West" by J. M. Peck
The greatest enthusiasm prevailed, and the corps was in excellent form when the war was declared in August, 1914.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
They are both excellent for persons who think or write much.
"Twenty-Five Cent Dinners for Families of Six" by Juliet Corson
Estimates of the strictly formal excellence of Godwin's writing have differed rather remarkably.
"A History of Nineteenth Century Literature (1780-1895)" by George Saintsbury
How truthfully Your Excellency well knows.
"The Double Spy" by Dan T. Moore
Truly I am in excellent spirits.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The grass very fine and excellent in its quality.
"Rural Rides" by William Cobbett
I am the secretary to His Excellency, Mukarrab Khan.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
What seems to me most surprising is that they dine gayly, with an excellent appetite, and with no concern for the morrow.
"Monsieur Cherami" by Charles Paul de Kock
But this is to seek for blemishes on the noonday sun of female excellence.
"Mrs. Fitz" by J. C. Snaith

In poetry:

IN summer, flowers bedeck the fields,
And have a pleasant smell--
The fragrant lily and the rose,
In gardens far excell.
"Lines On A Gentleman's Son" by Susannah Hawkins
But chief, in gentle Tristrem's praise,
The notes melodious swell;
Was none excell'd in Arthur's days,
The knight of Lionelle.
"Thomas the Rhymer" by Sir Walter Scott
In thy abysses hide
Beauty and excellence unknown--to thee
Earth's wonder and her pride
Are gathered, as the waters to the sea;
"The Past" by William Cullen Bryant
The soul refined Is most inclined
To every moral excellence:
All vice is dull; A knave's a fool;
And Virtue is the child of Sense.
"Ocean: An Ode. Concluding With A Wish." by Edward Young
Meanwhile the soldiers sigh'd and sobb'd,
For not one sous had they;
His Excellence had each man fobb'd,
For he had sunk their pay.
"The Viceroy. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior
Lord! whose grace, in power excelling,
Wash'd the leper's stains away,
Jesus! from Thy holy dwelling,
Hear us, help us, when we pray!
"Hymn 11. Third Sunday After Epiphany" by Reginald Heber

In news:

But it also works as an excellent marinade for chicken.
" Cast Away " is an excellent movie starring Tom Hanks, who plays a Federal Express engineer whose job is his main priority.
The NWSS is one of the North American Limousin Foundation's four major Medal of Excellence shows.
David Cay Johnston's excellent corporate-welfare column.
Centum VP Completes Operational Excellence Platform.
With new snow and excellent spring ski conditions, Timberline Ski Area at Mount Hood is opening the its Palmer Express Chairlift this weekend.
Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is an excellent choice to chair the US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
S?l Organic LED Chandelier Receives Design Excellence Award.
Santa Monica, Calif – Leading the lighting industry with the latest Organic LED technology, WAC Lighting has received a Platinum ADEX Award for Design Excellence for S?l, its organic LED chandelier .
Taquería Jalisco excels with Mexican staples.
'' The commendations for excellent service are based on telephone companies' performance in relation to service quality standard...
The CD was the standard for excellence in sound.
ESPN's John Clayton made an excellent point in this NFL combine column about the possibility of the Green Bay Packers making quarterback Matt Flynn their franchise player.
It's excellent with pooris and a raita.
The cormorants (or shags, which are similar) are avid fish eaters and excellent swimmers.

In science:

This approximation has been recently shown to be in excellent agreement with the data .
Experimental study of a proximity focusing Cherenkov counter prototype for the AMS experiment
The fits to the CB model are generally excellent.
Optical and X-ray Afterglows in the Cannonball Model of GRBs
This time the fit is excellent. A SN1998bw-like contribution is necessary.
Optical and X-ray Afterglows in the Cannonball Model of GRBs
The complete success of the CB model in describing optical AGs results in an excellent exposition of the GRB/SN association.
Optical and X-ray Afterglows in the Cannonball Model of GRBs
The propagation of the charged particles, both quantum and classical, through different types of media had long ago become an important branch of theoretical physics. (See e.g. an excellent review for the discussion on the present status of the sub ject).
Space-Time Evolution of the Oscillator, Rapidly moving in a random media
The results for ε = 10−4 are in excellent agreement with exact diagonalization data for DN 2 (from Ref. ) reported in the last column, which indicates that the procedure used to extrapolate the diffusion coefficient from the Nernst-Einstein relation (Eq. 9) is correct and reliable.
Reptation in the Rubinstein-Duke model: the influence of end-reptons dynamics
Doing so appears to give excellent results in practice (Newman et al., 2001), with a thousand or more derivatives easily calculable in reasonable time.
Random graphs as models of networks
Excellent phase locking is evident for the first three cycles with good agreement for the rest of the relevant signal.
Modeling gravitational radiation from coalescing binary black holes
Fig. 18 show excellent agreement of waveforms for different transition times in the linear regime.
Modeling gravitational radiation from coalescing binary black holes
It provides an excellent illustration of the classification scheme.
Static charged perfect fluid spheres in general relativity
There the tra jectory of a single graph with N = 3 · 104 vertices is found to excellently follow the analytical prediction.
Dynamics of heuristic optimization algorithms on random graphs
Geck has also written an excellent survey article on the modular representation theory of Hecke algebras; he includes a detailed account of Ariki’s paper.
The representation theory of the Ariki-Koike and cyclotomic q-Schur algebras
Jantzen has given an excellent treatment of this theory; unfortunately, he only considers quantum groups of finite type which is insufficient for our purposes.
The representation theory of the Ariki-Koike and cyclotomic q-Schur algebras
We choose benzene, which presents the following advantages: (i) the molecule is structurally very simple and highly symmetric; (ii) it is stiff on all relevant time or frequency scales ; (iii) many often studied glass formers are structurally related to benzene; (iv) benzene is an excellent light scatterer.
Structural Relaxation and Mode Coupling in a Simple Liquid: Depolarized Light Scattering in Benzene
Excellent agreement is obtained for not too large supercriticalities.
Symmetry breaking and coarsening of clusters in a prototypical driven granular gas