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excursion Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a journey taken for pleasure
    sashay; expedition; outing; pleasure trip; jaunt; junket.
    • many summer excursions to the shore
    • it was merely a pleasure trip
    • after cautious sashays into the field
  2. noun wandering from the main path of a journey

L. excursio: cf. F. excursion. See Excurrent.
  1. A running or going out or forth; an expedition; a sally.
    Far on excursion toward the gates of hell. Milton.
    They would make excursions and waste the country. Holland.
  2. A journey chiefly for recreation; a pleasure trip; a brief tour; as, an excursion into the country.
  3. A wandering from a subject; digression.
    I am not in a scribbling mood, and shall therefore make no excursions. Cowper.
  4. (Mach.) Length of stroke, as of a piston; stroke. [An awkward use of the word.] Syn. -- Journey; tour; ramble; jaunt. See Journey.

Webster 1913