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tour Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a journey or route all the way around a particular place or area
    • they took an extended tour of Europe
    • we took a quick circuit of the park
    • a ten-day coach circuit of the island
  2. noun a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else)
    go; turn; spell.
    • it's my go
    • a spell of work
  3. noun a period of time spent in military service
    hitch; term of enlistment; enlistment; duty tour; tour of duty.
  4. verb make a tour of a certain place
    • We toured the Provence this summer

Tour noun
F. tour. See Tower.
  1. A tower. Obs. Chaucer.
Tour noun
F. tour. See Turn, v. t.
  1. A going round; a circuit; hence, a journey in a circuit; a prolonged circuitous journey; a comprehensive excursion; as, the tour of Europe; the tour of France or England.
    The bird of Jove stooped from his airy tour. Milton.
  2. A turn; a revolution; as, the tours of the heavenly bodies. Obs. Blackmore.
  3. (Mil.) anything done successively, or by regular order; a turn; as, a tour of duty. Syn. -- Journey; excursion. See Journey.
Tour intransitive verb
imperfect & past participle Toured ; present participle & verbal noun Touring
  1. To make a tourm; as, to tour throught a country. T. Hughes.
Tour transitive verb
See 3d Toot.
  1. To toot a horn.

Webster 1913