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[ik-skur-zhuh n, -shuh n] /ɪkˈskɜr ʒən, -ʃən/
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.
a trip on a train, ship, etc., at a reduced rate:
weekend excursions to mountain resorts.
the group of persons making such a journey:
an excursion of tourists.
a deviation or digression:
excursions into futile philosophizing.
Physics. the displacement of a body or a point from a mean position or neutral value, as in an oscillation.
an accidental increase in the power level of a reactor, usually forcing its emergency shutdown.
  1. the range of stroke of any moving part.
  2. the stroke itself.
Obsolete. a sally or raid.
verb (used without object)
to go on or take an excursion.
of, pertaining to, or intended for use on excursions:
an excursion fare; an excursion bus.
1565-75; < Latin excursiōn- (stem of excursiō). See excursus, -ion
Related forms
excursional, excursionary, adjective
preexcursion, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for excursions
  • The excursions you take may or may not enlarge your topic, but they will certainly enrich it.
  • Alas, such excursions can only occur once or twice a year.
  • However, planned excursions with asynchronous tools can turn into synchronous events.
  • They have been kind enough to include me in events and excursions.
  • The guides of the place greeted him coldly every day, as they started on their glacier excursions or their chamois hunting.
  • They made excursions into the forest for days at a time after caoutchouc.
  • Ask those who make hunting their recreation or business, if, in their excursions they meet with many sick or feeble animals.
  • Using his field notes, sketches and photographs during these excursions he captures the feeling of being a part of nature.
  • He was free to go wherever he wanted on the property, but had to be accompanied by a guard for outside excursions.
  • He and his excursions into depravity became the central and only theme of every story he wrote.
British Dictionary definitions for excursions


/ɪkˈskɜːʃən; -ʒən/
a short outward and return journey, esp for relaxation, sightseeing, etc; outing
a group of people going on such a journey
(modifier) of or relating to special reduced rates offered on certain journeys by rail: an excursion ticket
a digression or deviation; diversion: an excursion into politics
(formerly) a raid or attack
  1. a movement from an equilibrium position, as in an oscillation
  2. the magnitude of this displacement
the normal movement of a movable bodily organ or part from its resting position, such as the lateral movement of the lower jaw
(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 excursions



1570s, "a deviation in argument," also "a military sally," from Latin excursionem (nominative excursio) "a running forth, sally, excursion, expedition," noun of action from past participle stem of excurrere "run out, run forth, hasten," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + currere "to run" (see current (adj.)). Sense of "journey" recorded in English by 1660s.

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