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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Go on a night excursion by foot or canoe, fish for piranha, and stay in one of eleven tree houses, built into Ironwood trees dozens of feet off the forest floor. Austin Merrill, WSJ, "The Amazon: The Heart of the World," 3 Dec. 2018 The victims were among two groups of trekkers on an excursion in the 12-kilometer- (7-1/2 mile-) long gorge, inside the vast Pollino National Park. Colleen Barry, Fox News, "Prosecutors investigate hiker deaths in Italy gorge flood," 21 Aug. 2018 Egael Tishman, 24, and Shif Fanken, 27, were on a Royal Caribbean International excursion to zip line near West Bay, Roatan, when the accident happened at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday, according to Honduran newspaper La Prensa. Chabeli Herrera, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Honeymooner cruising from Lauderdale killed in zipline mishap," 9 July 2018 According to Honduran newspaper La Prensa, 24-year-old Egael Tishman and 27-year-old Shif Fanken were on a cruise-ship excursion to zip line near West Bay, Roatan, when the accident happened at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "They were zip-lining on their honeymoon when they collided. He died, she was injured," 9 July 2018 East Troy Electric Railroad: Dinner Trains offer a two-hour excursion with gourmet meal and cash bar. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Food and drink events: Cooking classes, wine tastings, more (Summer 2018 edition)," 6 July 2018 On a Roman excursion, Fersen fell for the sultry charms of Nino Cesarini, a strapping young laborer, and hired him as his personal secretary in the euphemistic manner of the period. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Exploring Villa Lysis, an Aesthete’s Retreat in Capri," 28 June 2018 The summer edition of VillaMix follows a previous excursion to Paraguay in March. Shanté Honeycutt, Billboard, "Shawn Mendes & Nick Jonas Added to Brazil's VillaMix Festival Lineup," 12 June 2018 So the appearance of Francis Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos on this program took the orchestra and the audience on an excursion into relatively unfamiliar territory. Marcus Overton, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego Symphony wraps up Masterworks series with an out-of-focus concert," 26 May 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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