excursion

noun ex·cur·sion \ ik-ˈskər-zhən \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of excursion

1 a :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

Examples of excursion in a Sentence

  1. They went on a brief excursion to the coast.

  2. our weekend excursions have encompassed virtually all parts of our home state

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Origin and Etymology of excursion

Latin excursion-, excursio, from excurrere


EXCURSION Defined for English Language Learners

excursion

noun

Definition of excursion for English Language Learners

  • : a short trip especially for pleasure


EXCURSION Defined for Kids

excursion

noun ex·cur·sion \ ik-ˈskər-zhən \

Definition of excursion for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

excursion

noun ex·cur·sion \ ik-ˈskər-zhən \

medical Definition of excursion

1 a :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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