excess excess  /ˈɛk ˌsɛs/


  1. (n) a quantity much larger than is needed
  2. (n) immoderation as a consequence of going beyond sufficient or permitted limits
  3. (n) the state of being more than full
  4. (n) excessive indulgence
  5. (adj) more than is needed, desired, or required


  1. The Congressmen who are urging an excess-profits tax on the oil industry are making a proposal that is more innovative than they may realize.
  2. Most laymen would be hard put to it to define excess bank reserves, much less their significance.
  3. People who secrete less insulin carry their excess fat around their hipsthe pear shape.


  1. Trowel & Glove: Marin gardening calendar for the week of June 22, 2013

    Marin• The Marin Open Garden Project encourages residents to bring their excess backyard-grown fruit and vegetables to the following locations for exchange with other gardeners on Saturdays: Mill Valley from 10 to 11 a.
    on June 22, 2013     Source: Marin Independent Journal

  2. Downtown sidewalk gets makeover

    Reyes Construction workers Ricardo Becerra, left, and Marcelo Esquivel clean excess mortar and dust from bricks they had just laid Friday in front of the offices of Downtown Muskogee Inc., and Muskogee Development. The bricks are part of a new sidewalk, which replaces a buckled walk.
    on June 22, 2013     Source: Muskogee Phoenix

  3. CAR WARS! WHICH Hypercar Is The BEST? Bugatti Veyron vs. Pagani Huayra

    When it comes to excess and the best of the best, it's hard to imagine anything better than either Bugatti or Pagani. Both are outrageous products but for different reasons.
    on June 22, 2013     Source: Auto Spies


  1. "We will not go back to the days of reckless behavior and unchecked excess that was at the heart of this crisis, where too many were motivated only by the appetite for quick kills and bloated bonuses," Obama said in remarks at historic Federal...
    on Sep 14, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. But in Washington, Summers said it was time for America to move past an "excess of fear" that has made things worse.
    on Mar 13, 2009 By: Lawrence Summers Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "Free agent pitchers who are 26 and have Matsuzaka-like ability receive salaries in excess of $100 million over five or six years in free agency," Boras said at a news conference Monday night.
    on Dec 12, 2006 By: Scott Boras Source: ESPN

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