Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A journey undertaken by a group of people with a definite objective: an expedition against the enemy stronghold; a scientific expedition to the South Pole.
  • n. The group undertaking such a journey.
  • n. Speed in performance; promptness. See Synonyms at haste.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being expedite; efficient promptness; haste; dispatch; speed; quickness; as to carry the mail with expedition.
  • n. A sending forth or setting forth the execution of some object of consequence; progress.
  • n. An important enterprise, implying a change of place; especially, a warlike enterprise; a march or a voyage with martial intentions; an excursion by a body of persons for a valuable end; as, a military, naval, exploring, or scientific expedition.
  • n. The body of persons making such excursion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being expedite; efficient promptness; haste; dispatch; speed; quickness; as to carry the mail with expedition.
  • n. A sending forth or setting forth the execution of some object of consequence; progress.
  • n. An important enterprise, implying a change of place; especially, a warlike enterprise; a march or a voyage with martial intentions; an excursion by a body of persons for a valuable end; as, a military, naval, exploring, or scientific expedition; also, the body of persons making such excursion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being freed from impediments; hence, expeditiousness; promptness; haste; speed; quickness; despatch.
  • n. The state of being expedited or put in motion; progress; march.
  • n. An excursion, journey, or voyage made by a company or body of persons for a specific purpose; also, such a body and its whole outfit: as, the expedition of Xerxes into Greece; Wilkes's exploring expedition; a trading expedition to the African coast.
  • n. Synonyms Celerity, nimbleness, alertness.
  • n. Trip, raid.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an organized group of people undertaking a journey for a particular purpose
  • n. a military campaign designed to achieve a specific objective in a foreign country
  • n. the property of being prompt and efficient
  • n. a journey taken for pleasure
  • n. a journey organized for a particular purpose

Etymologies

Middle English expedicioun, military campaign, from Old French expedition, from Latin expedītiō, expedītiōn-, from expedītus, past participle of expedīre, to make ready; see expedite.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin expeditio. (Wiktionary)

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