EXCELLENCE', v.t.  [L. excello, the root of which,
cello, is not in use.
1.  To go beyond; to exceed; to surpass in good
qualities or laudable deeds; to outdo.
Excelling others, these were great;
Thou greater still, must these excel.
Many daughters have done virtuously, but
thou excellest them all.  Prov.31.
2.  To exceed or go beyond in qualities or deeds.
3.  To exceed; to surpass.

EXCEL', v.i. To have good qualities, or to perform
meritorious actions, in an unusual degree; to be
eminent, illustrious or distinguished.
Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength.  
We say, to excel in mathematics; to excel in
painting; to excel in heroic achievements.
Noah Webster's1828