- the fact of exceeding something else in amount or degree: His strength is in excess of yours.
- the amount or degree by which one thing exceeds another: The bill showed an excess of several hundred dollars over the estimate.
- an extreme or excessive amount or degree; superabundance: to have an excess of energy.
- a going beyond what is regarded as customary or proper: to talk to excess.
- immoderate indulgence; intemperance in eating, drinking, etc.
- more than or above what is necessary, usual, or specified; extra: a charge for excess baggage; excess profits.
- to dismiss, demote, transfer, or furlough (an employee), especially as part of a mass layoff.
Origin of excess
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Examples from the Web for excess
Shake off any excess flour and gently place in the heated oil.Make Carla Hall’s Crispy Shallot Green Bean Casserole
December 27, 2014
The Senate Intelligence Committee report says they secured a contract with the CIA in 2006 valued “in excess of $180 million.”The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built
December 12, 2014
By the way, killjoys, American charitable giving goes up by 42 percent during this season of crass materialistic greed and excess.Keep Christmas Commercialized!
P. J. O’Rourke
December 6, 2014
And some specialize in treating women, who have different risk factors for excess drinking.
“Most women are not drinking to excess because they feel ‘powerful’ in the first place,” she says.
That they would use the drug to excess there can be no doubt, and that is the main point.
It arose, I imagine, from an excess of the masculine element in his nature.Weighed and Wanting
We are to be cured by an excess of the dose that has poisoned us.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
Chip jerked open the door with a force greatly in excess of the need of it.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
It is the deficiency, and not the excess of this quality, that is to be feared.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
- the state or act of going beyond normal, sufficient, or permitted limits
- an immoderate or abnormal amount, number, extent, or degree too much or too manyan excess of tolerance
- the amount, number, extent, or degree by which one thing exceeds another
- chem a quantity of a reagent that is greater than the quantity required to complete a reactionadd an excess of acid
- overindulgence or intemperance
- insurance, mainly British a specified contribution towards the cost of a claim, stipulated on certain insurance policies as being payable by the policyholder
- in excess of of more than; over
- to excess to an inordinate extent; immoderatelyhe drinks to excess
- more than normal, necessary, or permitted; surplusexcess weight
- payable as a result of previous underpaymentexcess postage; an excess fare for a railway journey
Word Origin and History for excess
late 14c., from Old French exces (14c.) "excess, extravagance, outrage," from Latin excessus "departure, a going beyond the bounds of reason or beyond the subject," from stem of excedere "to depart, go beyond" (see exceed). As an adjective from late 15c.
- An amount or quantity beyond what is normal or sufficient; a surplus.
Idioms and Phrases with excess
see carry too far (to excess); in excess of.