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  • 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
    • adj excellent very good; of the highest quality "made an excellent speech","the school has excellent teachers","a first-class mind"
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"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
    • adv Excellent Excellently; eminently; exceedingly. "This comes off well and excellent ."
    • Excellent Excelling; surpassing others in some good quality or the sum of qualities; of great worth; eminent, in a good sense; superior; as, an excellent man, artist, citizen, husband, discourse, book, song, etc.; excellent breeding, principles, aims, action. "To love . . . What I see excellent in good or fair."
    • Excellent Superior in kind or degree, irrespective of moral quality; -- used with words of a bad significance. "An excellent hypocrite.""Their sorrows are most excellent ."
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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
    • excellent Excelling; possessing excellence; eminent or distinguished for superior merit of any kind; of surpassing character or quality; uncommonly laudable or valuable for any reason; characterized by good or sensible qualities; remarkably good: as, an excellent magistrate; an excellent farm, horse, or fruit; an excellent workman.
    • excellent Surpassing; transcendent; consummate; complete: in an ill sense.
    • excellent Synonyms Worthy, fine, admirable, choice, prime, valuable, select, exquisite.
    • excellent Excellently; exceedingly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pineapples were first called "anana", which is Caribbean for "excellent fruit."
    • adj Excellent surpassing others in some good quality: of great virtue, worth, &c.: superior: valuable
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “Those who attain to any excellence commonly spend life in some single pursuit, for excellence is not often gained upon easier terms.”
  • 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.”
  • John W. Gardner
    “Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. excellent, L. excellens, -entis, p. pr. of excellere,. See Excel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. excellĕreex, out, up, and a word from the root of celsus, high.


In literature:

It would do both them and you good, and upon the way you would have an excellent opportunity for an explanation.
"The Home" by Fredrika Bremer
The business of human creatures in this planet is not summed up in the most excellent of priestly catechisms.
"Short Studies on Great Subjects" by James Anthony Froude
An "In-and-outer" cannot hope to hold this excellent class of customers.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
Flood on excellent ground.
"Memoirs of the Courts and Cabinets of George the Third" by The Duke of Buckingham and Chandos
After his daughter married Mr. Excell made another effort to win the love of his son and failed.
"The Eagle's Heart" by Hamlin Garland
I never saw an excellent and beautiful natural situation so miserably spoilt.
"Travels through the South of France and the Interior of Provinces of Provence and Languedoc in the Years 1807 and 1808" by Lt-Col. Pinkney
He did not excel in conversation, though in his domestic circle he was garrulous.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
The influence of this organization upon the Colored race in America was excellent.
"History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Washington Williams
The worthy and excellent lady who is the subject of this sketch, is one of the representative women of this class.
"Woman's Work in the Civil War" by Linus Pierpont Brockett
His work throughout, as regards finish, is excellent.
"The Violin" by George Hart
Its excellent quality was at one time the pride of the province.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Berries and flowering plants, as excellent as they were unfamiliar, appealed for exploration.
"A Labrador Doctor" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
What would be a poor soil in Europe may prove to be an excellent one in a tropical country.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
She showed me her drawings, which were excellent.
"The English in the West Indies" by James Anthony Froude
The rooms were comfortable and the table excellent.
"Alaska" by Ella Higginson
And we are not only without any true excellency, but are full of, and wholly defiled with, that which is infinitely odious.
"Selected Sermons of Jonathan Edwards" by Jonathan Edwards
Finally, Bergamo boasted in Andrea Previtali one of the most excellent disciples of Gian Bellini.
"The History of Painting in Italy, Vol. 3 (of 6)" by Luigi Antonio Lanzi
These people all speak excellent English, though with a drawl, which is not unmusical, when the speaker is a sprightly young woman.
"Memoirs of Service Afloat, During the War Between the States" by Raphael Semmes
He is now Prussian Ambassador to His Excellency at your court.
"The Sign of Flame" by E. Werner
Within the last few years two excellent arms in this caliber have been produced.
"Pistol and Revolver Shooting" by A. L. A. Himmelwright

In poetry:

"We measure not his mind; we cannot tell
What lieth under, over, or beside
The test we put him to; he doth excel,
We know, where he is tried;
"Honours -- Part I" by Jean Ingelow
Shanghai is a big port,
an excellent port,
It's ships are taller than
horned mandarin mansions.
My, my!
What a strange place, this Shanghai…
"Gioconda And Si-Ya-U" by Nazim Hikmet
Who wou'd not then the bible buy,
Which does all other goods excel?
To purchase it, who wou'd not try?
His house, his all, who wou'd not sell?
"Advice To Hear, And To Read, The Word Of God" by Rees Prichard
Then to Silvia let us sing,
That Silvia is excelling;
She excels each mortal thing
Upon the dull earth dwelling:
To her let us garlands bring.
"Silvia" by William Shakespeare
Chloris! yourself you so excel,
When you vouchsafe to breathe my thought,
That, like a spirit, with this spell
Of my own teaching, I am taught.
"To a Lady Singing a Song of His Composing" by Edmund Waller
Where are our humbler tenets flown?
What strange perfection bids us own
That Bliss with toilsome Science dwells,
And happiest he who most excels?
"To a Lady of Quality, Fitting Up Her Library" by William Shenstone

In news:

Excellent throughput at long range.
Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune broaches that question Wednesday, and I think it's an excellent idea.
10 Years of Honoring Education Excellence.
The American Library Association has provided excellent background materials and guidelines for meeting the requirements of the Act, available at.
Monday night chumming was excellent for choppers to 16 pounds, and those blues were joined by little tunny and skipjacks today.
Frances Micklow/The Star-Ledger) Thanks to setter Rebecca Kelemen, Bogota 's hitters (Julia Topor shown here) are having excellent seasons.
Montgomery maintains excellent bond rating .
Excellent wineries can be found at and near Walla Walla airport.
HE CALLS THEM HIS "ONE thousand acres of excellence".
TUESDAY MORNING HOUSEWIVES Our Tuesday morning league had some excellent bowling this week.
Sorella has plenty of excellent Piedmont-inspired dishes to its name, but you'd be forgiven if you never made it past the grissini that land on the table before the beginning of the meal.
Why pay for veal scaloppine when pork tenderloin makes an excellent stand-in.
Tri-State Roofing & Sheet Metal Company's Parkersburg office was recently recognized for its excellence in safety in the workplace, completing four consecutive years without a recordable lost time injury.
Will lead port security research and education in one of five new Centers of Excellence.
An excellent performer with premium specs for less than $1400.

In science:

To appear in the Proceedings, to be published in Acta Physica Polonica B. 1 Excellent general reviews on network physics can be found in ref. .
On the Geometry of Random Networks
Since gΩ ≫ R > Γ, the v=0 masers should be excellent tracers of the magnetic field direction.
Magnetic Field Morphology of Orion-IRc2 from 86 GHz SiO Maser Polarization Images
By using the MARX 4.0 simulator7 we verified that both the spectral slope and the flux are in excellent agreement with the Chandra observation, under the assumption that the input spectrum is that observed by BeppoSAX.
The nuclear SED of NGC6251: a BL Lac in the center of an FR I radio galaxy
GUT scale and the GUT gauge coupling this lower bound is in excellent agreement with the measured value.
Enlarging the Parameter Space of Heterotic M-Theory Flux Compactifications to Phenomenological Viability
There is excellent agreement between the direct simulations and the parameter-free theoretical framework: The theoretical prediction obtained with Eq.( 16) is td = 234 MC time units, while the fits vary between td = 228 and 239 MC time units.
Nucleation times in the 2D Ising model
The dashed line in Fig. 5 shows that this gives an excellent fit to our data.
Anisotropic magnetoresistance in a 2DEG in a quasi-random magnetic field
We see excellent quantitative agreement to our data when a thickness of 75nm is used, which is in very close agreement to the nominal thickness of 70nm.
Anisotropic magnetoresistance in a 2DEG in a quasi-random magnetic field
In the case b. the excellent agreement between the predicted Rabi RWA values and the numerical results is also clear.
Rabi spectra - a simple tool for analyzing the limitations of RWA in modelling of the selective population transfer in many-level quantum systems
The excellent agreement of these two approximate expressions obtained within the RWA, and the ’actual’ behavior represented by the numerical solution is quite clear.
Rabi spectra - a simple tool for analyzing the limitations of RWA in modelling of the selective population transfer in many-level quantum systems
In this context, it was shown that the use of a Jastrow– type functional form for the spatial wave functions leads to excellent results, and to notably simpler wave functions than other functional forms, as for instance a series of standard Hylleraas type wave functions .
Charmed and Bottom Baryons: a Variational Approach based on Heavy Quark Symmetry
We find an excellent agreement between our variational results and those of Ref. .
Charmed and Bottom Baryons: a Variational Approach based on Heavy Quark Symmetry
The combination of its proximity and post-merger state makes NGC 5128 an excellent target for a detailed study.
The Globular Cluster System of NGC 5128 I. Survey and Catalogs
Solar wind is an excellent natural “laboratory” for the MHD problem.
Intermittency and the passive nature of the magnitude of the magnetic field
The diluted crystal remains an excellent Ising anti-ferromagnet for all ranges of magnetic concentration x.
Domains and Interfaces in Random Fields
The diluted crystal remains an excellent Ising anti-ferromagnet for all ranges of magnetic concentration x.
Random Field Ising Model