American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A usually short journey made for pleasure; an outing.
- n. A roundtrip on a passenger vehicle at a special low fare.
- n. A group taking a short pleasure trip together.
- n. A diversion or deviation from a main topic; a digression.
- n. Physics A movement from and back to a mean position or axis in an oscillating or alternating motion.
- n. Physics The distance traversed in such a movement.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of running out or forth; hence, deviation from a fixed or usual course; a passing or advancing beyond fixed or usual limits.
- n. Digression; deviation; a wandering from a subject or main design; an excursus.
- n. A journey; specifically, a short journey, jaunt, or trip to some point for a special purpose, with the intention of speedy return: as, a pleasure excursion; a scientific excursion.
- n. A company traveling together for a special purpose; a joint expedition, especially a holiday expedition.
- n. In physics, a movement of a moving or vibrating body from a mean position: as, the excursion of a planet from the ecliptic, of a satellite from the apparent position of its primary, or of the prong of a tuning-fork.
- n. In machinery, the range of stroke of any moving part; the travel: as, the excursion of a pistonrod.
- n. 7. A projecting addition to a building.
- To make an excursion.
- n. A brief recreational trip; a journey out of the usual way.
GNU Webster's 1913
- A running or going out or forth; an expedition; a sally.
- A journey chiefly for recreation; a pleasure trip; a brief tour.
- A wandering from a subject; digression.
- (Mach.) Length of stroke, as of a piston; stroke. [An awkward use of the word.]
- n. wandering from the main path of a journey
- n. a journey taken for pleasure
- From Latin excursio ("a running out, an inroad, invasion, a setting out, beginning of a speech"), from excurrere ("to run out"), from ex ("out") + currere ("to run"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin excursiō, excursiōn-, from excursus, past participle of excurrere, to run out : ex-, ex- + currere, to run; see kers- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Among the few additional circumstances which I retain of this excursion is a visit to Kensington, to see that James Martin (my mother's uncle), of whose conduct to his aged father you have heard me speak.”
“We have what we call 'excursion hours' or 'excursion days.”
“Do you have any idea how exhausting a museum excursion is with 2 toddlers?”
“Who you would want on that type of excursion is more important than the local, activities, and food.”
“However, what he was looking on his secret Argentina state paid for excursion is what South Carolina wants to impeach for.”
“This excursion is recognized as one of the best shore excursions in the Caribbean and is only available on St. Maarten.”
“Ending the downhill excursion is fairly simple, point the board at an angle on the slope.”
“Your excursion is telling you two are your own persons and have done what brings a smile to your faces when you now think of Mexico.”
“But this is no midnight boat excursion from a Miami port; it's a play-by-play breakdown of the game, where the crew dissects every call they made.”
“I was wise enough to take it; to prolong our walk as far as possible, by more than one excursion from the shortest line; and to beguile the way with that sort of conversation which should prove to him indubitably from what station in society I sprang.”
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