• WordNet 3.6
    • n excelsior thin curly wood shavings used for packing or stuffing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Excelsior A kind of stuffing for upholstered furniture, mattresses, etc., in which curled shreds of wood are substituted for curled hair.
    • a Excelsior More lofty; still higher; ever upward.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • excelsior Loftier; more elevated; higher: the motto of New York State, hence sometimes called the Excelsior State.
    • n excelsior The trade-name of a fine quality of wood-shavings, used as stuffing for cushions, beds, etc., and as a packing material.
    • n excelsior A printing-type, now known as 3-point—about 24 lines to the inch. It is too small for letters, but is used for characters of music, piece fractions, and border decorations. See type, 8.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Excelsior (L. comp.), higher still
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., compar. of excelsus, elevated, lofty, p. p. of excellere,. See Excel (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. excellĕreex, out, up, and a word from the root of celsus, high.


In literature:

Benjamin Dorn, like Herr Zittel, had left the Prudentia, and obtained a position with the Excelsior.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
This was filled with excelsior, which in turn enclosed a paper parcel.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
Don't you know that song of 'Excelsior,' Mr. Newton?
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
But I believe it was this peculiar word, "Excelsior," that guided me in my after proceedings, for by its most literal sense was I directed.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
The Excelsior is said to cook very white and mealy; form nearly round, eyes prominent.
"The $100 Prize Essay on the Cultivation of the Potato; and How to Cook the Potato" by D. H. Compton and Pierre Blot
For its mode of getting the walrus we refer the reader to "Excelsior," vol.
"Heads and Tales" by Various
The nest, which I had brought down, was a beautiful structure, made, I think, of very fine excelsior of a bright straw-color.
"A Bird-Lover in the West" by Olive Thorne Miller
From this journal I learn that Mr. Holland has been a most active and indispensable member of Excelsior Lodge No.
"Music and Some Highly Musical People" by James M. Trotter
These three creeks were named in the order of their discovery: Eagle, Excelsior and Deer.
"Sword and Pen" by John Algernon Owens
The shades of night were falling fast as over Regent's Park we passed, and my platoon was marching last, excelsior.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, October 28, 1914" by Various

In poetry:

Tantivy, Tally Ho, Excelsior!
To start the hunt was the plan...
As we couldn't keep up with the fox,
We scrapped all the horses and ran.
"The Huntsman" by Billy Bennett
His brow was sad; his eye beneath,
Flashed like a falchion from its sheath,
And like a silver clarion rung
The accents of that unknown tongue,
"Excelsior" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"Oh stay," the maiden said, "and rest
Thy weary head upon this breast!"
A tear stood in his bright blue eye,
But still he answered, with a sigh,
"Excelsior" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"Beware the pine-tree's withered branch!
Beware the awful avalanche!"
This was the peasant's last Good-night,
A voice replied, far up the height,
"Excelsior" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"Try not the Pass!" the old man said:
"Dark lowers the tempest overhead,
The roaring torrent is deep and wide!
And loud that clarion voice replied,
"Excelsior" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Though thy path be thorn and brier,
Every step shall bring thee nigher
To Creation's prize;
With "Excelsior" on thy flag,
Thou shalt tread the topmost crag,
Climbing to the skies.
"Aspire" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

Offlee Wild Handles Slop in Excelsior Romp.
Offlee Wild pulled away through the stretch for a 8 1/2-length victory over Rogue Agent in the $196,000 Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr III) on Saturday at Aqueduct.
There are only a few days left to take advantage of the end-of-summer three-course tasting menu at EXCELSIOR (272 Boylston Street, Boston).
With a father haunted by his WWI service and a mother consumed with social standing, 16-year-old Garnet is eager to spend time with relatives in the resort town of Excelsior, Minn. During the summer of 1926.
Winona State has accepted an invitation to participate in the Mineral Water Bowl in Excelsior Springs, Mo.
The front window of this Excelsior treasure is filled with paper princesses, but the real charm is in the custom piñatas.
The piñatas displayed at this tiny Excelsior storefront are so beautiful and festive that you almost hate to whack the hell out of them with a baseball bat.
Grandparents are Larry and Dar Madison of Blaine, Cindy Olson of Brooklyn Park and Bob and Gail Fisk of Excelsior.
James Creighton, baseball's first paid player, starred for a Brooklyn team called the Excelsiors and was buried in Green-Wood Cemetery.
Center to hold classes for Excelsior students.
Columbia's Tim Waid won the men's 45-49 US Masters Swimming Open Water National Championship on Saturday at Lake Minnetonka in Excelsior, Minn.
2012 Excelsior award recipient Children's Home + Aid.
Kings River-Hardwick School, 10300 Excelsior Ave, Hanford, CA.
The Excelsior Downtown Business Group and South Lake-Excelsior Chamber of Commerce are finalizing a merger between the two organizations.
Excelsior College Commencement Ceremony at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany on Friday, July 13, 2012.

In science:

Paine, J. (2005). “Excelsior: Bringing the benefits of modularisation to Excel”, European Spreadsheet Risks Interest Group Annual Symposium, 2005.
User Defined Spreadsheet Functions in Excel
Four fuels with different surface-area-to-volume ratios (two sizes of poplar excelsior, ponderosa pine needles and ponderosa pine sticks) were chosen to be reasonable approximations to natural fuel layers.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models