Definition of excursion
1a : a going out or forth : expeditionb (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
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
Recent Examples of excursion from the Web
Before starting your weekend excursion, here’s a look at roadway closures by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to help you avoid getting stuck at traffic choke points.
After narrowing down locations, the locals helped them pinpoint the exact ones in a month-long excursion across the Sahara.
Even if the construct seems a tad forced, the winning performances make the excursion worthwhile.
But should his and May's chit-chat go forward, or even an excursion to Turnberry, Trump's golf course in Scotland (of course), his staff will have to continue its practice of moving heaven and earth to shield Trump's eyes from the howling masses.
Honfleur on Normandy’s Atlantic Coast is a favorite port excursion for passengers on Seine River cruises.
The excursion was a chance for both father and daughter to reflect on their faith.
The Conservancy is raising funds to install and raise a new mast and get the boat ready for charters, public sails and excursions with schoolchildren.
A nerve-wracking encounter with a black bear several years ago prompted Juneau mountain runner Dan Lesh to begin carrying bear repellant spray on his excursions.
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Origin and Etymology of excursion
Latin excursion-, excursio, from excurrere
First Known Use: circa 1587See Words from the same year
EXCURSION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of excursion for English Language Learners
: a short trip especially for pleasure
EXCURSION Defined for Kids
Definition of excursion for Students
1 : a brief trip for pleasure
2 : a trip at special reduced rates
Medical Definition of excursion
1a: a movement outward and back or from a mean position or axis excursion of the femurb: the distance traversed
2: one complete movement of expansion and contraction of the lungs and their membranes (as in breathing)
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