- The definition of an excursion is a short outing or trip, generally with a specific purpose.
An example of excursion is a safari tour at the zoo.
A father and son on an excursion.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- Obsolete a military sortie; raid
- a short trip taken with the intention of returning to the point of departure; short journey, as for pleasure; jaunt
- a round trip (on a train, bus, ship, etc.) at reduced rates, usually with limits set on the dates of departure and return
- a group taking such a trip
- a deviation or digression
- a single movement outward from the mean position in an oscillating or alternating motion
- the distance involved in such a movement
- a sudden, very rapid rise in the neutron flux and power of a nuclear reactor
- Med. the extent of movement from a central position, as of the eyes from a midmost location or of the chest during respiration
Origin: Classical Latin excursio, a running out or forth ; from excursus, past participle of excurrere: see excurrent
- excursionist noun
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- A usually short journey made for pleasure; an outing.
- A roundtrip on a passenger vehicle at a special low fare.
- A group taking a short pleasure trip together.
- A diversion or deviation from a main topic; a digression.
- Physics a. A movement from and back to a mean position or axis in an oscillating or alternating motion.b. The distance traversed in such a movement.
Origin: Latin excursiō, excursiōn-, from excursus, past participle of excurrere, to run out : ex-, ex- + currere, to run; see kers- in Indo-European roots.