from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Slender, curved wood shavings used especially for packing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Loftier, yet higher; ever upward
- n. An originally trademarked name for stuffing material (as for furniture and mattresses) made of slender, curled wood shavings, as a substitute for hair.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. More lofty; still higher; ever upward.
- n. A kind of stuffing for upholstered furniture, mattresses, etc., in which curled shreds of wood are substituted for curled hair.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Loftier; more elevated; higher: the motto of New York State, hence sometimes called the Excelsior State.
- n. The trade-name of a fine quality of wood-shavings, used as stuffing for cushions, beds, etc., and as a packing material.
- n. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. thin curly wood shavings used for packing or stuffing
Originally a trademark.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin excelsior, comparative of excelsus ("high"). (Wiktionary)