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excursion

[ik-skur-zhuh n, -shuh n] /ɪkˈskɜr ʒən, -ʃən/
noun
1.
a short trip or outing to some place, usually for a special purpose and with the intention of a prompt return:
a pleasure excursion; a scientific excursion.
2.
a trip on a train, ship, etc., at a reduced rate:
weekend excursions to mountain resorts.
3.
the group of persons making such a journey:
an excursion of tourists.
4.
a deviation or digression:
excursions into futile philosophizing.
5.
Physics. the displacement of a body or a point from a mean position or neutral value, as in an oscillation.
6.
an accidental increase in the power level of a reactor, usually forcing its emergency shutdown.
7.
Machinery.
  1. the range of stroke of any moving part.
  2. the stroke itself.
8.
Obsolete. a sally or raid.
verb (used without object)
9.
to go on or take an excursion.
adjective
10.
of, pertaining to, or intended for use on excursions:
an excursion fare; an excursion bus.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; < Latin excursiōn- (stem of excursiō). See excursus, -ion
Related forms
excursional, excursionary, adjective
preexcursion, noun
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Examples for excursion
  • She'll need salt, so we're planning a group beach excursion to harvest salt again.
  • It's also difficult to combine dining with a pub excursion given the tight opening hours.
  • It occurs to me an excursion in etymology led to an excursion in gastronomy led to a question about nuts.
  • Thirteen sixth graders are milling around, preparing to set off on a daylong excursion.
  • Wanted to take my parents on an excursion of the island but not sure where the nicest points of interest are.
  • With his signature whimsy and wordplay, the author takes a jaunty excursion into a long, long lost world.
  • Kindly put some more photos of your excursion online.
  • Ditto an all-too-brief excursion to outer space, the series' first attempt at dogfights.
  • Everyone would agree that events in his past have prepared him for today's excursion.
  • And remember: any weather excursion means heat is where it is not usually found.
British Dictionary definitions for excursion

excursion

/ɪkˈskɜːʃən; -ʒən/
noun
1.
a short outward and return journey, esp for relaxation, sightseeing, etc; outing
2.
a group of people going on such a journey
3.
(modifier) of or relating to special reduced rates offered on certain journeys by rail an excursion ticket
4.
a digression or deviation; diversion an excursion into politics
5.
(formerly) a raid or attack
6.
(physics)
  1. a movement from an equilibrium position, as in an oscillation
  2. the magnitude of this displacement
7.
the normal movement of a movable bodily organ or part from its resting position, such as the lateral movement of the lower jaw
8.
(machinery) the locus of a point on a moving part, esp the deflection of a whirling shaft
Word Origin
C16: from Latin excursiō an attack, from excurrere to run out, from currere to run
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Word Origin and History for excursion
excursion
1570s, "a deviation in argument," from L. excursionem (nom. excursio) "a running forth, excursion," from excursum, pp. of excurrere "run out," from ex- "out" + currere "to run" (see current). Sense of "journey" recorded in English by 1660s.
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