Definitions for excelɪkˈsɛl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ex•celɪkˈsɛl(v.)-celled, -cel•ling.

  1. (v.i.)to surpass others or be superior in some respect or area; do extremely well:

    to excel in math.

  2. (v.t.)to surpass; be superior to; outdo.

Origin of excel:

1400–50; late ME < L excellere=ex-ex -1+-cellere to rise high, tower (akin to celsus high)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. excel, stand out, surpass(verb)

    distinguish oneself

    "She excelled in math"


  1. excel(Verb)

    To surpass someone or something; to be better or do better than someone or something.

    I excelled everyone else with my exam results.

  2. excel(Verb)

    To be much better than others.

  3. Excel(ProperNoun)

    A spreadsheet application software program written and distributed by Microsoft.

  4. Origin: excellere, excelsum; ex out + a root found in culmen height, top; Compare French exceller. See also culminate, column.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Excel(verb)

    to go beyond or surpass in good qualities or laudable deeds; to outdo or outgo, in a good sense

  2. Excel(verb)

    to exceed or go beyond; to surpass

  3. Excel(verb)

    to surpass others in good qualities, laudable actions, or acquirements; to be distinguished by superiority; as, to excel in mathematics, or classics


  1. Excel

    Excel is a punk/metal fusion band from Venice, California founded in 1983 by singer Dan Clements and guitarist Adam Siegel. They were influenced by famous 70's punk rock musicians like The Police and The Sex Pistols, and heavy metal bands like Black Sabbath, Trouble, Slayer, Corrosion of Conformity and Cryptic Slaughter. They were also influenced by street art, Excel is known for painting graffiti on the streets of the cities where they make their tours, therefore there are many different logos of the band. Excel repeatedly jumped on stage with different bands from Venice and elsewhere California like No Mercy, Beowülf, Suicidal Tendencies and Cryptic Slaughter, and sometimes with other performers on the thrash metal scene like Testament, Overkill and Megadeth. Excel has recorded three studio albums, three split albums, five demos, three singles and two live albums; the band broke up in 1995 but in 2001 they released new versions of their first two albums: Split Image and The Joke's on You, with some bonus tracks. In August 2009 they edited a special collection of eight DVDs of their tours around Europe and L.A. and published them on their official MySpace. As of January 2012, Excel has reformed.

Translations for excel

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to stand out beyond others (in some quality etc); to do very well (in or at some activity)

He excelled in mathematics / at football.

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