Definition of excursion in English:


Line breaks: ex¦cur|sion
Pronunciation: /ɪkˈskəːʃ(ə)n
, ɛk-/


  • 2 technical A movement of something along a path or through an angle: large excursions of the hip and knee joint a gantry controlled the radial and tangential excursion of each detector
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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.
  • 3A deviation from a regular activity or course: the firm’s disastrous excursion into the US electrical market
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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.



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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.


late 16th century (in the sense 'act of running out', also '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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