• WordNet 3.6
    • adj excess more than is needed, desired, or required "trying to lose excess weight","found some extra change lying on the dresser","yet another book on heraldry might be thought redundant","skills made redundant by technological advance","sleeping in the spare room","supernumerary ornamentation","it was supererogatory of her to gloat","delete superfluous (or unnecessary) words","extra ribs as well as other supernumerary internal parts","surplus cheese distributed to the needy"
    • n excess excessive indulgence "the child was spoiled by overindulgence"
    • n excess immoderation as a consequence of going beyond sufficient or permitted limits
    • n excess a quantity much larger than is needed
    • n excess the state of being more than full
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Chances of a women getting breast cancer are increased by excesseive use of alcohol
    • Excess An undue indulgence of the appetite; transgression of proper moderation in natural gratifications; intemperance; dissipation. "Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess .""Thy desire . . . leads to no excess That reaches blame ."
    • Excess The degree or amount by which one thing or number exceeds another; remainder; as, the difference between two numbers is the excess of one over the other.
    • Excess The state of surpassing or going beyond limits; the being of a measure beyond sufficiency, necessity, or duty; that which exceeds what is usual or proper; immoderateness; superfluity; superabundance; extravagance; as, an excess of provisions or of light. "To gild refined gold, to paint the lily,
      To throw a perfume on the violet, . . . Is wasteful and ridiculous excess ."
      "That kills me with excess of grief, this with excess of joy."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Ivory bar soap floating was a mistake. They had been mixing the soap formula causing excess air bubbles that made it float. Customers wrote and told how much they loved that it floated, and it has floated ever since
    • n excess A going beyond ordinary, necessary, or proper limits; superfluity in number, quantity, or amount; undue quantity; superabundance: as, an excess of provisions; excess of bile in the system.
    • n excess Undue indulgence of appetite; want of restraint in gratifying the desires; intemperance; over-indulgence.
    • n excess The amount by which one number or quantity exceeds another; overplus; surplus: as, the excess of revenue over expenditures is so much.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The fastest bird in the world is the Peregrine Falcon, which can reach speeds in excess of two hundred miles per hour
    • n Excess ek-ses′ a going beyond what is usual or proper: intemperance: that which exceeds: the degree by which one thing exceeds another
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  • Proverb
    “We pay when old for the excesses of youth.”
  • William Blake
    “The road to excess leads to the palace of wisdom.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Nothing in excess.”
  • Lew Wallace
    Lew Wallace
    “One is never more on trial than in the moment of excessive good fortune.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    “The passions are like fire, useful in a thousand ways and dangerous only in one, through their excess.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. exces, excess, ecstasy, L. excessus, a going out, loss of self-possession, fr. excedere, excessum, to go out, go beyond: cf. F. excès,. See Exceed
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. excessusexcedĕre, excessum, to go beyond.


In literature:

It is found in practice, however, that an excess of 3-5 per cent.
"The Handbook of Soap Manufacture" by W. H. Simmons
The delight of the negroes at this happy termination of the battle was excessive.
"The Gorilla Hunters" by R.M. Ballantyne
Medical Men agree as to the Excess of Animal Food in American Diet.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
We know now that gout is caused by excessive eating, excessive drinking, lack of exercise, and faulty elimination.
"Woman" by William J. Robinson
The rib is lowered with a degree of strength equal to the excess of the downward over the upward pull.
"The Psychology of Singing" by David C. Taylor
The consequences of this tendency, when it is thus in excess, upon the character are very great and very singular.
"Harvard Classics Volume 28" by Various
Is it possible to make the plant itself write down this excessively minute time-interval?
"Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose" by Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
I still wanted to be a nun, and importuned my mother excessively to take me to that house.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
On the other hand, an excessive draft may cause losses due to the excess quantities of air drawn through holes in the fire.
"Steam, Its Generation and Use" by Babcock & Wilcox Co.
The great nobles had lost their excessive privileges.
"The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Henry Martyn Baird

In poetry:

That all this startling aching beauty saw?
I felt the sharp excess
Of joy like the strong sun at noon--
Insupportable bliss!
"Happiness" by John Freeman
America can ne'er look back;. . . .
She is the land progressive
She keeps along the onward track
With "vim" and pep excessive.
"Glory!" by C J Dennis
Still, seeing that a little soap
Would soften an excess of tint,
You’ll pardon my advance, I hope,
In giving you a gentle hint.
"Black Lizzie" by Henry Kendall
Her clergymen's excessive grief
Transcends the limits of belief,
To see each church, of late so full,
Now nothing but an empty hull.
"Another On The Same Occasion" by Rees Prichard
I hear him, with excessive dread,
Pass sentence on my guilty head,
That I shou'd to th' abyss be tost,
With Satan and his sable host!
"The Unhappy State Of The Ungodly, After Death" by Rees Prichard
Excess of sorrow, kind to thee,
At once destroyed thy reason's power;
But reason still remains to me,
And only bids me grieve the more.
"To a Maniac" by Amelia Opie

In news:

Individuals with a generalized anxiety disorder worry excessively.
Gigantism is a condition characterized by excessive growth.
He wrote, "To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, to throw a perfume on the violet," blah, blah, blah, "is wasteful and ridiculous excess.
From his solo debut ('06s "Port of Miami"), Rick Ross seemed destined for caricature - a larger-than-large figure spouting beefy anthems of Florida excess.
We may need to order in extra containers for all of the excess awesomeness.
Movie Review The Man with the Iron Fists: Kung-fu stew excessively gory .
Bland meats and excessive amounts of cheese mean that this new eatery still has some work to do.
To make sure this gratin is rich and luscious, be sure to squeeze all the excess liquid from the spinach before adding the béchamel.
Back in 1905, District authorities were fighting to ban growlers in the city, claiming that access to excessively cheap beer was damaging to society as a whole.
In a presentation given at the Femtocells World Summit, Informa Telecoms & Media reported that there are now in excess of 2.3 million 3G femtocells globally compared to 1.6 million 3G macrocells.
"It's time for us to drive excessive grunting out of the game for future generations," WTA chairman and chief executive Stacey Allaster said.
Amid recent repetitive and excessive media coverage of Gull Lake Schools' educational programming, I wish to thank Gull Lake Superintendent Chris Rundle for being both an innovator and a risk-taker.
She doesn't flinch from excess or outsize emotions.
Gunner 's military trainers declared him "excess" – a term which meant he was no longer fit for duty and would be mustered out.
Excessive heat, oppressive smoke, and now weeds.

In science:

The experimental signatures will be an excess of events at the characteristic gamma-energies correlated to the Reactor-ON period.
A CsI(Tl) Scintillating Crystal Detector for the Studies of Low Energy Neutrino Interactions
An ultra-violet excess has been reported by Kazarian & Kazarian (1985), suggesting a high level of star formation activity.
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
By observing the luminosities and knowing the spectral distribution of stars he was able to find a color excess (between photographic and visual) with increasing distance, and produce a reddening curve.
Cosmic Dust in the 21st Century
Therefore the O(1/N 2 ) and O(1/N M ) effects contribute with the same sign, and even at finite density we expect an excess of S = 0 ground states.
Spin Structure of Many-Body Systems with Two-Body Random Interactions
From these observations it was clear that SF has a twofold appearence, a UV excess and an IR excess, which may be explained by the stocastical nature of the interaction between photons and dust in star-forming regions of galaxies (see above).
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View