Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An aggressive entrance into foreign territory; a raid or invasion.
  • noun The act of entering another's territory or domain.
  • noun The act of entering or running into.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A running in or into something; an inroad or invasion.
  • noun Synonyms Irruption, raid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A running into; hence, an entering into a territory with hostile intention; a temporary invasion; a predatory or harassing inroad; a raid.
  • noun obsolete Attack; occurrence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An aggressive movement into somewhere; an invasion.

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

  • noun an attack that penetrates into enemy territory
  • noun the mistake of incurring liability or blame
  • noun the act of entering some territory or domain (often in large numbers)

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin incursiō, incursiōn-, from incursus, past participle of incurrere, to run upon; see incur.]

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From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin incursio.

Examples

  • Moammar Gadhafi's regime over what it called an incursion by Libyan forces, the Foreign Ministry said.

    Gadhafi's Troops Chase Rebels Into Tunisia

  • “Any incursion is likely to be triggered by better-than-usual intelligence about the location and activities of senior jihadist leaders.”

    Striking Al-Qaeda’s New Base

  • “Any incursion is likely to be triggered by better-than-usual intelligence about the location and activities of senior jihadist leaders.”

    Striking Al-Qaeda’s New Base

  • “Any incursion is likely to be triggered by better-than-usual intelligence about the location and activities of senior jihadist leaders.”

    Striking Al-Qaeda’s New Base

  • “Any incursion is likely to be triggered by better-than-usual intelligence about the location and activities of senior jihadist leaders.”

    Striking Al-Qaeda’s New Base

  • The truth is that this conflict was not even presented to the American people as a war in the first place but as a short-term incursion, justified by the threat of weapons of mass destruction that did not exist.

    Uncle Sam Wants You?

  • "We hope that this is a short-term incursion so that they Turkey can help deal with the threat."

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • I think that the word incursion, of course, doesn't really apply here.

    CNN Transcript Apr 7, 2003

  • But ignoring that, what they propose to do is not to undo the whole of this system of an internal market but to try to modify it in such ways that it will be protected against further incursion from the private sector but at the same time retain some of the benefits which I talked about earlier.

    Universality Under Siege

  • The army assessors produced a realistic report of what the small, under-strength and under-equipped Irish military could accomplish - a brief, limited, short-term incursion across the border.

    The Cedar Lounge Revolution

Comments

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  • Rather different from an excursion.

    February 18, 2008