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
And by that time Heppie had the crate in the wood-box, and the excelsior was a black and smoking mass at the kitchen end of the grounds.
He knows how to work with outdated packing material like the thinly curled wood shavings known as excelsior and how to carve commercial deer mounts into shapes for wild antelopes and oryxes.
This introduces a possible danger from fire, in case the hot stove plate should come into direct contact with inflammable packing material such as excelsior or paper.
His motto was "excelsior" in whatever he engaged, and in farming he realized success.
Still onwards, "excelsior," the pines were more straight and lofty; there were patches of wild myrtle on the ground, some in white blossom; and we looked down upon the flat roofs of villages below, an appearance so strange to us after the round domes of the south country.
In the evolution of the birds and other animals, the cry of "excelsior" has been followed literally as well as theoretically and, with a few exceptions, the highest in each class have not only risen above their fellows in intelligence and structure, but have left the earth and climbed or flown to the tree-tops, making these their chief place of abode.
I suppose one little leader must wave its little tail and cry "excelsior" to the others.
It was hard climbing on account of the steepness of the acclivity, its rocky character, and the thick network of bushes and brambles in many places; but "excelsior" was our motto in all our mountaineering, and we allowed no surmountable difficulties to daunt us.
Beulah, I have written 'excelsior' on my banner, and I intend, like that noble youth, to press forward over every obstacle, mounting at every step, until I, too, stand on the highest pinnacle, and plant my banner where its glorious motto shall float over the world.
The lesson might perhaps have been given, and Miss Furnival might have imparted to Mr. Staveley her idea of "excelsior" in the matter of love-making, had not Mr. Staveley's mother come into the room at that moment.