• 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
    • v excel distinguish oneself "She excelled in math"
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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
    • Excel To exceed or go beyond; to surpass. "She opened; but to shut Excelled her power; the gates wide open stood."
    • Excel To go beyond or surpass in good qualities or laudable deeds; to outdo or outgo, in a good sense. "Excelling others, these were great;
      Thou, greater still, must these excel ."
      "I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness."
    • v. i Excel To surpass others in good qualities, laudable actions, or acquirements; to be distinguished by superiority; as, to excel in mathematics, or classics. "Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel .""Then peers grew proud in horsemanship t' excel ."
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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
    • excel To surpass in respect to something; be superior to; outdo in comparison; transcend, usually in something good or commendable, but sometimes in that which is bad or indifferent.
    • excel To exceed or be beyond.
    • excel To have certain qualities, or to perform certain actions, in an unusual degree; be remarkable, distinguished, or eminent for superiority in any respect; surpass others.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pineapples were first called "anana", which is Caribbean for "excellent fruit."
    • v.t Excel ek-sel′ to be superior to: to exceed: to surpass
    • v.i Excel to have good qualities in a high degree: to perform very meritorious actions: to be superior:—pr.p. excel′ling; pa.p. excelled′
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  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “It is a shameful thing to be weary of inquiry when what we search for is excellent.”
  • Shana Alexander
    Shana Alexander
    “The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous.”
  • Isaac Disraeli
    Isaac Disraeli
    “It is a wretched taste to be gratified with mediocrity when the excellent lies before us.”
  • John W. Gardner
    “Whoever I am, or whatever I am doing, some kind of excellence is within my reach.”
  • Jose Ortega Y Gasset
    “Excellence means when a man or woman asks of himself more than others do.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Excellence is rarely found, more rarely valued.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. excellere, excelsum,; ex, out + a root found in culmen, height, top; cf. F. exceller,. See Culminate Column


In literature:

Old handkerchiefs are excellent for this purpose.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
But very excellent hams can be made without such excess of painstaking.
"Dishes & Beverages of the Old South" by Martha McCulloch Williams
Take care of the liquor you have boiled poultry or meat in; in five minutes you may make it into excellent soup.
"The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual" by William Kitchiner
They have an excellent flavor.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
This is an excellent thing.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
He was an excellent officer and belonged to an excellent regiment.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
Mr. Cook is an excellent, a high-minded man.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
This sauce is excellent with strawberry shortcake.
"Desserts and Salads" by Gesine Lemcke
Lunched at excellent Kaisar-i-Hind hotel.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
What is necessary to the distinguishing of excellence.
"Modern Painters Volume I (of V)" by John Ruskin

In poetry:

How excellent his love,
Whence all our safety springs!
O never let my soul remove
From underneath his wings.
"Psalm 36" by Isaac Watts
How excellent his love,
Whence all our safety springs !
O never let my soul remove
From underneath his wings.
"Psalm XXXVI: High in the Heav'ns" by Isaac Watts
Heaven is a place, also a state,
It doth all things excel,
No man can fully it relate,
Nor of its glory tell.
"Of Heaven" by John Bunyan
God made it for his residence,
To sit on as a throne,
Which shows to us the excellence
Whereby it may be known.
"Of Heaven" by John Bunyan
Thy mind, dear Ellen, is the proof
Of my paternal care,
Since form'd beneath this friendly roof,
So excellent and fair.
"Edgar And Ellen" by Matilda Betham
"Leave we in bliss this heavenly saint,
Revere, ye just, her urn;
Her virtues high and excellent,
Astrea gone we mourn.
"The Viceroy. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior

In news:

CBEP is trying to expand its centers of excellence beyond the former Soviet Union nations.
Throughout my years at Cedar Crest, Mrs Shannon Reisch has been an excellent role model for women in mathematics.
West Dallas hipster place excels at fried chicken and cool vibes, but the sides won't rule the roost.
Saint Francis' traditions of excellent patient care, continuing education, and clinica.
On our last visit to Mon Aimee Chocolat, we bought some Guittard dark chocolate and made this cake with excellent results.
Mystic Mums are 2012 nominees for the Medal Of Excellence Editor's Choice award.
You can use the 2125 as a laptop modem on Cingular 's EDGE network, and we got excellent EDGE speeds of 159 to 185 Kbps with a USB connection in our tests.
Facebook Today Yakima lost an incredible community leader and excellent broadcast manager.
Elsa/Getty ImagesPeyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts excelled this season in the two-minute drill.
Clementine 's playlist handling is excellent.
Hard not to love the new menu at Cafe Lumiere (920-2451), the excellent downtown Monterey coffee shop with a serious gourmet food habit.
That excellence has just been recognized by the Riverfront Times Point and Clique Awards.
The competition - held on March 28 - was filled with excellent guards that pushed St Ann’s to bring out their best work in order to win.
Young bands that release excellent first albums, such as Britain's the Vaccines did last year, often run into trouble following them up.
I think Mark Clanton does an excellent job as Director of Public Works for the City of Shelbyville.

In science:

Indeed, the main asymptotic term leads to very poor predictions for SN (t), whereas the second-order approximation (n = 2) gives excellent agreement with numerical simulation results.
II. Territory covered by N random walkers on stochastic fractals. The percolation aggregate
From Fig. 1 we see that the scaling relation (5) shows an excellent matching with the numerical results for various values of k .
Random spread on the family of small-world networks
The prediction of HCN at the distance and environment described is in excellent agreement with the observational result of Section 2.
HCN in the inner envelope of {chi} Cygni
It is considered to be an excellent approximation of the GOE distribution [Mehta91].
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
This relation is in excellent agreement with our model.
A simple model of the hierarchical formation of galaxies