Definition of Excelsior

1. Noun. Thin curly wood shavings used for packing or stuffing.

Exact synonyms: Wood Shavings
Generic synonyms: Packing, Packing Material, Wadding



Definition of Excelsior

1. a. More lofty; still higher; ever upward.

2. n. A kind of stuffing for upholstered furniture, mattresses, etc., in which curled shreds of wood are substituted for curled hair.

Definition of Excelsior

1. Adjective. (archaic) Loftier, yet higher; ever upward ¹

2. Noun. An originally trademarked name for stuffing material (as for furniture and mattresses) made of slender, curled wood shavings, as a substitute for hair. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Excelsior

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Excelsior

1. A kind of stuffing for upholstered furniture, mattresses, etc, in which curled shreds of wood are substituted for curled hair. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Excelsior

exceeds
excel
excel at
excelled
excellence
excellences
excellencies
excellent
excellently
excellentness
excellento
excellest
excelleth
excelling
excels
excelsior (current term)
excelsior matting
excelsiors
excementosis
excentral
excentric
excentric amputation
excentrical
excentricities
excentricity
except
exceptant
excepted
excepting
exceptio beneficium ordinis seu excussionis

Literary usage of Excelsior

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Cyclopedia of American Literature: Embracing Personal and Critical Notices by Evert Augustus Duyckinck, George Long Duyckinck (1856)
"The shades of night were falling fast, As through an Alpine village passed A youth, who bore, 'mid »now and ice, A banner with the strange device, excelsior ..."

2. A Parody Anthology by Carolyn Wells (1904)
"excelsior Anonymous. rI ^HE swampy State of Illinois 1 Contained a greenish sort of boy, Who read with idiotic joy — "excelsior! ..."

3. The Knickerbocker: Or, New-York Monthly Magazine by Charles Fenno Hoffman, Timothy Flint, Lewis Gaylord Clark, Kinahan Cornwallis, John Holmes Agnew (1846)
"excelsior. THE lark that from his green nest springs, In morn's first blush to bathe his wings, Poised in mid air exulting sings, excelsior ! ..."

4. Forest Products, Their Manufacture and Use: Embracing the Principal by Nelson Courtlandt Brown (1919)
"Uses and Value of excelsior. excelsior is a staple article used by upholstery, carriage, ... Packing purposes consume the bulk of excelsior manufactured. ..."

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