tour

[toor]
noun
1.
a traveling around from place to place.
2.
a long journey including the visiting of a number of places in sequence, especially with an organized group led by a guide.
3.
a brief trip through a place, as a building or a site, in order to view or inspect it: The visiting prime minister was given a tour of the chemical plant.
4.
a journey from town to town to fulfill engagements, as by a theatrical company or an entertainer: to go on tour; a European concert tour.
5.
a period of duty at one place or in one job.
verb (used without object)
6.
to travel from place to place.
7.
to travel from town to town fulfilling engagements.
verb (used with object)
8.
to travel through (a place).
9.
to send or take (a theatrical company, its production, etc.) from town to town.
10.
to guide (someone) on a tour: He toured us through the chateaus of the Loire Valley.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English (noun) < Middle French < Latin tornus < Greek tórnos tool for making a circle. See turn

minitour, noun
untoured, adjective


2. trip, expedition. 6, 8. visit.
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tour (tʊə)
 
n
1.  an extended journey, usually taken for pleasure, visiting places of interest along the route
2.  military a period of service, esp in one place of duty
3.  a short trip, as for inspection
4.  a trip made by a theatre company, orchestra, etc, to perform in several different places: a concert tour
5.  an overseas trip made by a cricket or rugby team, etc, to play in several places
 
vb
6.  to make a tour of (a place)
7.  to perform (a show) or promote (a product) in several different places
 
[C14: from Old French: a turn, from Latin tornus a lathe, from Greek tornos; compare turn]

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Word Origin & History

tour
c.1320, "a turn, a shift on duty," from O.Fr. tour, tourn "a turn, trick, round, circuit, circumference," from torner, tourner "to turn," from L. tornare "to polish, round off, fashion, turn on a lathe" (see turn). Sense of "a traveling around, journey" is first recorded 1643.
The verb is attested from 1746. Tour de force "feat of strength" is 1802, from Fr., from force "strength." Tour de France is recorded from 1922. The Grand Tour, a journey through France, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy formerly was the finishing touch in the education of a gentleman.
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Example sentences for Touring
Touring or commuting this style is meant for distance riding.
She continued touring and making smaller films and tv guest appearances.
He discovered jazz and ragtime and started thinking about touring the united
  states.
Recreation bicycle touring, mountain biking, bmx and physical fitness.
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