ex·​cur·​sion | \ ik-ˈskər-zhən \

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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Ride the Ducks, an attraction owned by Ripley Entertainment, offers duck boat tours that begin in southwestern Branson before entering the lake for an approximate 20-minute excursion. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Duck boat tragedy turned over to federal prosecutors," 22 Aug. 2018 Ride the Ducks of Branson offers duck boat tours that begin in the southwestern Missouri town famous for its shows and entertainment, before the vessel enters the lake for an approximate 20-minute excursion. Jim Salter, The Seattle Times, "Coast Guard refers duck boat case for criminal investigation," 21 Aug. 2018 Black film history: Neal Hodges will present an excursion into films made for African-American audiences by African-American filmmakers as part of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Library's ongoing Golden Age of Cinema programs. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Dinner and conversation to benefit a Beachwood synagogue; more improvements coming at Mandel JDS; more: Press Run," 6 Apr. 2018 The boarding location will be different for each excursion. Jeanne Houck, Cincinnati.com, "Sightseeing trains to begin calling all aboard in Madeira in May," 25 Mar. 2018 The victims, who were among two groups of trekkers on an excursion, appeared to have been spread throughout the 12-kilometer-long (7-1/2-mile-long) gorge. Colleen Barry, The Seattle Times, "Search called off in Italy gorge flood that killed 10," 21 Aug. 2018 These excursions, captured with reckless fluidity by the cinematographer Christopher Blauvelt, aerate the movie and temporarily dispel the dust of Higher Power earnestness. Gus Van Sant, New York Times, "Review: Joaquin Phoenix Treks the Long Road to Sobriety in ‘Don’t Worry’," 11 July 2018 An exotic excursion to see swimming pigs on the white sandy beaches of the Bahamas' Exuma Islands turned tragic when a small tour boat became a floating inferno after an engine exploded. Susan Miller, USA TODAY, "'Like a horror movie': 1 dead as desperate passengers flee Bahamas tour boat explosion," 2 July 2018 This kind of request is not unusual: their concierge is accustomed to arranging helicopter tours, yachting excursions, yoga and pilates lessons, archeological visits, and mezze crawls—pretty much anything that’s legal. Laura Itzkowitz, GQ, "Skip Santorini and Head to These Lesser-Known Greek Islands Instead," 14 June 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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The first known use of excursion was circa 1587

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English Language Learners Definition of excursion

: a short trip especially for pleasure


ex·​cur·​sion | \ ik-ˈskər-zhən \

Kids Definition of excursion

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


ex·​cur·​sion | \ ik-ˈskər-zhən \

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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