excursion

noun
ex·​cur·​sion | \ ik-ˈskər-zhən How to pronounce excursion (audio) \

Definition of excursion

1a : a going out or forth : expedition
b(1) : a usually brief pleasure trip
(2) : a trip at special reduced rates
2 : deviation from a direct, definite, or proper course especially : digression needless excursions into abstruse theory
3 : a movement outward and back or from a mean position or axis also : the distance traversed : amplitude the excursion of a piston

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Examples of excursion in a Sentence

They went on a brief excursion to the coast. our weekend excursions have encompassed virtually all parts of our home state

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For those looking for a nautical excursion of the YOLO variety, arrange a Hinckley yacht rental with the concierge at the Wauwinet. Jaimie Potters, Marie Claire, "Where to Stay, Eat, and Explore in Nantucket, Massachusetts," 10 May 2019 Although the excursion will certainly be an exciting part of the show, the future Mrs. Reagan will also face some troubles in the February 1 episode. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Just Leaked the First Photos of Eddie's Wedding Dress," 25 Jan. 2019 The excursion starts in Seattle and offers stunning backdrops of Mount Shasta, a stop in San Luis Obispo, and long stretches of the Pacific, all from the comfort of Amtrak's renowned Sightseer Lounge Car. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "7 Hotels That Will Help You Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions," 14 Dec. 2018 Other covetable auction items included a Las Vegas excursion to sit front row at a Lady Gaga concert and the invitations to Elton John’s famed Oscars after-party. Ian Malone, Vogue, "This Year’s Jeffrey Fashion Cares Event Unfolded in Spectacular Fashion," 11 Apr. 2019 With stunning details like the store's atrium, garden terrace, live moss wall, and custom fountain (which drowns out noise and definitely adds a calming vibe), a visit to Terrain feels more like a spa day than a plant-shopping excursion. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Terrain's Westport Store Is Basically Plant Heaven," 18 Mar. 2019 Okay, so this isn’t a *real* safari, but a worthy excursion. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "Your Ultimate African Safari Guide," 12 Nov. 2018 Narloch will perform the 1981 masterpiece Triadic Memories, a meditative excursion that’s meticulously notated but centered on the way its chords and note patterns hang in the air and decay. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Two Chicago pianists perform a pair of rarely heard masterpieces by Morton Feldman," 12 July 2018 According to Walker, the maritime lawyer, this is not the first time a zip line excursion in Roatán resulted in injuries. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, "Tourists on honeymoon collide while zip-lining, leaving husband dead and wife injured," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of excursion

circa 1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for excursion

Latin excursion-, excursio, from excurrere

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excursion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of excursion

: a short trip especially for pleasure

excursion

noun
ex·​cur·​sion | \ ik-ˈskər-zhən How to pronounce excursion (audio) \

Kids Definition of excursion

1 : a brief trip for pleasure
2 : a trip at special reduced rates

excursion

noun
ex·​cur·​sion | \ ik-ˈskər-zhən How to pronounce excursion (audio) \

Medical Definition of excursion

1a : a movement outward and back or from a mean position or axis excursion of the femur
b : the distance traversed
2 : one complete movement of expansion and contraction of the lungs and their membranes (as in breathing)

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