field trip


Definition of field trip 

: a visit (as to a factory, farm, or museum) made (as by students and a teacher) for purposes of firsthand observation

Examples of field trip in a Sentence

We took a class field trip to the power plant. We went on a field trip.

Recent Examples on the Web

Professor Zhang taught courses on primatology and ecology in the school’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology, taking students on field trips to study monkeys. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "Chinese Professor Accused of Sexual Harassment Is Barred From Teaching," 12 July 2018 The group, which meets monthly, also performs community service and goes on field trips. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Sisterhood Of Salaam Shalom Brings Together Faiths," 29 May 2018 And as the field trips drew attention to the nationwide issue of beach access, the war also played out in the courts, statehouses and even Congress. Amy Crawford, Smithsonian, "Racism Kept Connecticut’s Beaches White Up Through the 1970s," 2 July 2018 The girls participate in activities such as swimming, yoga and field trips. Mourning founded Honey Shine in 2002. Gabriel Poblete, miamiherald, "Hat's Off luncheon raises money to send 150 girls to summer camp | Miami Herald," 7 May 2018 The Wild Boars youth soccer team, all between 11 to 16 years old, had taken a field trip to the caves on June 23 and were trapped about two miles deep by flooding. J. Weston Phippen, Outside Online, "The Daring Rescue that Saved the Thai Soccer Team," 10 July 2018 The boys, aged 11 to 16, are members of a local soccer team who were on a field trip with a coach. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk has an idea for saving boys stranded in a Thailand cave," 6 July 2018 Besides after-school programs that last two to three hours Monday through Friday for students in grades 7-12, thousands of fifth- and sixth-graders visit the Lab on weekly field trips. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, "Tiger Woods wants to level the playing field in education one child at a time," 26 June 2018 That might mean a field trip to a Cubs game or a visit to the Field Museum, complete with transportation and snacks, in addition to weekly fall and spring soccer games. Gwendolyn Purdom, RedEye Chicago, "Do good for Chicago kids with Urban Initiatives sports-based programs," 2 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of field trip

1926, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of field trip was in 1926

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English Language Learners Definition of field trip

: a visit to a place (such as a museum or zoo) that is made by students to learn about something

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Kids Definition of field trip

: a visit to a place (such as a museum) made by students to learn about something

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