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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Five crew members, including the captain, managed to escape the Conception after Monday's pre-dawn fire that engulfed the boat as the victims slept below decks near the island of Santa Cruz during a three-day scuba diving excursion. Anchorage Daily News, "Only 1 person remains missing from dive boat fire," 5 Sep. 2019 Authorities had previously said that 34 people were presumed dead after Monday's pre-dawn fire engulfed the boat named Conception as the victims slept below decks near the island of Santa Cruz during a three-day scuba diving excursion. CBS News, "33 bodies recovered after California boat fire, 1 missing," 4 Sep. 2019 One of the boats typically used — a 75-foot vessel called Conception — was destroyed in a fire Monday while anchored off Santa Cruz Island during a three-day dive excursion. Los Angeles Times, "Deadly California boat fire devastates community of local divers," 3 Sep. 2019 The Southern California News Group reported that according to the Worldwide Diving Adventures website, the boat was on its last day of a three-day diving excursion that started in Santa Barbara Harbor. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, "California boat fire photos: Authorities find bodies, search for missing after dive boat burns near Santa Cruz Island," 2 Sep. 2019 Port day brings a planet excursion to Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu—in reality, a quick jaunt to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Valerie Marino, Condé Nast Traveler, "What We Know About the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Hotel at Disney World," 26 Aug. 2019 Now picture a family of four making one of these cash-guzzling carnivals a multiday excursion. Travis Deshong, Washington Post, "Amusement parks are an expensive way to stand in line while roasting in the sun," 22 July 2019 Lindsey, a student at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, was on vacation with her family when she was attacked inside a roped-off snorkeling area during a day excursion to Rose Island on June 26, the statement said. Time, "Family of Woman Killed in Bahamas Shark Attack Says Tour Company Did Nothing to Save Her," 10 July 2019 Try a sled dog excursion and follow wolf tracks in the snow. Kitson Jazynka, National Geographic, "Wolves are making a comeback. Here’s where to see them," 2 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce excursion (audio) \

Kids Definition of excursion

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


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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