Excelsior

[ɛksˈɛlsjə], [ɛksˈɛlsjə], [ɛ_k_s_ˈɛ_l_s_j_ə]

Definitions of excelsior:

  1.   More lofty; still higher; ever upward.
  2.   Higher.
  3.   A kind of stuffing for upholstered furniture, mattresses, etc., in which curled shreds of wood are substituted for curled hair.
  4.   Yet higher; ever upward: the motto of New York State.
  5.   More lofty; more elevated.
  6.   thin curly wood shavings used for packing or stuffing
  7.   A packing material.

Quotes for excelsior:

  1. Excelsior higher and higher, but only step by step. – Daniel D. Palmer

Usage examples for excelsior:

  1. And Miss Nickall having allowed them to recover from a pardonable astonishment at the sight of her who was supposed to be exhausted and in bed, said cheerfully: " I've found him, and I've put him up at the Excelsior Hotel." ” – The Lion's Share by E. Arnold Bennett
  2. As the poet Longfellow so wisely said- Excelsior – Marge Askinforit by Barry Pain
  3. In his hand was clutched a flag with the word " Excelsior printed on it. ” – Something Else Again by Franklin P. Adams
  4. He returned to his duties in 1836, and in 1838 appeared Voices of the Night, containing the " Psalm of Life" and " Excelsior which had extraordinary popularity, and gave him a place in the affections of his countrymen which he held until his death. ” – A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin
  5. The room had been filled with spare pieces of furniture, some of which were packed in excelsior – Over the Line by Harold M. Sherman
  6. Allow the beds to stand, covering them with straw or excelsior if the air in the cellar or shed is such as to dry out the surface. ” – Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc. by George Francis Atkinson
  7. One of the best of her witty poems describes Boston on a rainy day, and is called " Expluvior," an innocent parody on Longfellow's " Excelsior which, by the way, ought to have been called Excelsius. ” – Cambridge Sketches by Frank Preston Stearns
  8. In this volume were also included the Village Blacksmith and Excelsior – Brief History of English and American Literature by Henry A. Beers
  9. Twice he asked about her at the Hotel Excelsior and was told that she had not returned. ” – Cæsar or Nothing by Pío Baroja Baroja
  10. “ Philip opened the envelope and found a certificate for a hundred shares of the Excelsior Gold Mine, which appeared to be located in California. ” – The Young Musician or, Fighting His Way by Horatio Alger
  11. “ Ike had carelessly thrown the match with which he had lighted his cigarette into the midst of the dry, tindery excelsior – Ralph of the Roundhouse by Allen Chapman
  12. One after another, he stuffed the stockings with excelsior till they looked like twelve long black sausages. ” – Penrod and Sam by Booth Tarkington
  13. Excelsior says Mr. Robertson, is not a ballad because a ballad deals either with real or with supernatural people, and the hero of the poem cannot be brought under either category. ” – Reviews by Oscar Wilde
  14. There was clearly but one thing to do- to declare his passion the instant he met her, and return with her to Excelsior an accepted suitor, or not to return at all. ” – In the Carquinez Woods by Bret Harte
  15. But tell me, Teresa, why did you go to Excelsior – In the Carquinez Woods by Bret Harte
  16. 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
  17. Obviously, the manager of the Excelsior had sent Duckworth a notice that Dr. Turnbull was off- planet and could not be reached. ” – Dead Giveaway by Gordon Randall Garrett
  18. It was this excelsior which had started to burn first. ” – Dawson Black: Retail Merchant by Harold Whitehead
  19. At one side stood a big hogshead nearly full of loose excelsior used for packing. ” – Ralph of the Roundhouse by Allen Chapman
  20. “ I ran across it- Excelsior I mean- in three different readers the other day when I was compiling some of the data for this treatise. ” – A Plea for Old Cap Collier by Irvin S. Cobb

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