Definition of excursion in English:


Syllabification: ex·cur·sion
Pronunciation: /ikˈskərZHən


1A short journey or trip, especially one engaged in as a leisure activity: an excursion to Mount Etna figurative an excursion into theology
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  • ‘Day hikes, long treks, paddling excursions - short or long trips, we have a variety of events that take place in the summer for all members,’ noted Bookan.
  • This was only a short excursion into the forest to report to my brothers.
  • One of my favorite excursions was a short drive from downtown at the Ballard Locks, which is absolutely free to visitors.
trip, outing, jaunt, expedition, journey, tour, road trip;
day trip, day out, side trip, drive, run, ride
informal junket, spin, sortie
2 technical An instance of the movement of something along a path or through an angle.
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  • We were told that this railroad plans to hopefully run some excursions along that other track into Eustis by this summer.
  • The self-referencing vibrating probe oscillated along an excursion of 10 m.
  • The observed carbon isotope excursions can be traced throughout different localities with different depositional environments and histories.
2.1A deviation from a regular pattern, path, or level of operation.
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  • Weller's music runs the gamut from the Jam's punk-colored Mod and Merseybeat, through the Style Council's white soul, to the '90s excursions into folk and psychedelia.
  • The new songs sound like classic Ornette Coleman - similar in emphasis to his vintage small group jazz performances rather than his later excursions into world music, symphony pieces and funk.
  • He peppers the storytelling with African-American colloquialisms and excursions into patois that echo his native Trinidad, the South, the street, the church and the bush.
3 archaic A digression.
4 archaic a military sortie (seealarum).


late 16th century (in the sense 'act of running out', also meaning 'sortie' in the phrase alarums and excursions (see alarum)): from Latin excursio(n-), from the verb excurrere 'run out', from ex- 'out' + currere 'to run'.



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  • Excursions allowed black organizations to raise money from modern commercial leisure activities, yet the journey allowed excursionists to enjoy traditional pastimes.
  • With the exception of the railway station clock, this was the only one in the main street, and to excursionists particularly, hurrying to catch their trains, the presence of this clock would be greatly appreciated.
  • A good many of the excursionists were conveyed to the head of the lake by the steam-yacht ‘Swift,’ which made its initial journey for the season on that day.

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