• WordNet 3.6
    • n excursion wandering from the main path of a journey
    • n excursion a journey taken for pleasure "many summer excursions to the shore","it was merely a pleasure trip","after cautious sashays into the field"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sunday, July 20, 1969: Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon, Edwin Aldrin was the second. They were members of Apollo 11, and landed in the Sea of Tranquility. The Lunar Excursion Module was named the "Eagle." Michael Collins stayed onboard the mother ship, "Columbia."
    • Excursion A journey chiefly for recreation; a pleasure trip; a brief tour; as, an excursion into the country.
    • Excursion A running or going out or forth; an expedition; a sally. "Far on excursion toward the gates of hell.""They would make excursions and waste the country."
    • Excursion A wandering from a subject; digression. "I am not in a scribbling mood, and shall therefore make no excursions ."
    • Excursion (Mach) Length of stroke, as of a piston; stroke. [An awkward use of the word
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n excursion The act of running out or forth; hence, deviation from a fixed or usual course; a passing or advancing beyond fixed or usual limits.
    • n excursion Digression; deviation; a wandering from a subject or main design; an excursus.
    • n excursion A journey; specifically, a short journey, jaunt, or trip to some point for a special purpose, with the intention of speedy return: as, a pleasure excursion; a scientific excursion.
    • n excursion A company traveling together for a special purpose; a joint expedition, especially a holiday expedition.
    • n excursion In physics, a movement of a moving or vibrating body from a mean position: as, the excursion of a planet from the ecliptic, of a satellite from the apparent position of its primary, or of the prong of a tuning-fork.
    • n excursion In machinery, the range of stroke of any moving part; the travel: as, the excursion of a pistonrod.
    • n excursion A projecting addition to a building.
    • excursion To make an excursion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Excursion eks-kur′shun a going forth: an expedition: a trip for pleasure or health: a wandering from the main subject: a digression
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. excursio,: cf. F. excursion,. See Excurrent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. excursioex, out, currĕre, cursum, to run.


In literature:

During the various excursions in the straits, the English expedition received several visits from the inhabitants of Tierra del Fuego.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Norman lost his excursion, and Fanny, in her kindness, thinking that he was sufficiently punished, did not say how he had treated her.
"Norman Vallery" by W.H.G. Kingston
In the gardens, parks, on horseback, in all excursions, he was constantly by her side.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
Will the excursion not degenerate into a mere outing?
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
As they skirted the beautiful shore they gradually crept up to a large excursion boat.
"The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview" by Ralph Bonehill
During their excursion he told his wife the adventures of Clyde.
"Up The Baltic" by Oliver Optic
In the morning, we set out early on an excursion through the Gap of Dunloe, to the Upper Lake.
"Stories and Legends of Travel and History, for Children" by Grace Greenwood
RUTH and Agnes had joined the Young People's Association, and now there was to be a grand excursion.
"'Our guy'" by Mrs. E. E. Boyd
A little later, I actually commenced making excursions on purpose to find him.
"The Foot-path Way" by Bradford Torrey
One day after an excursion of some length the party had turned into a restaurant to refresh themselves.
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
For this reason, being in no condition to join his young masters on their pedestrian excursions, he was necessarily left behind.
"Bruin" by Mayne Reid
Early on Saturday morning, I started on an excursion to Wailua Falls, about six miles distant.
"Scenes in the Hawaiian Islands and California" by Mary Evarts Anderson
Summer excursions, Mr. Schwab's proposition, 405-406.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
Early in the year 1802 Josephine accompanied Napoleon in various excursions to distant parts of the empire.
"Josephine" by John S. C. Abbott
We made, one clay, an excursion from Antwerp to Ghent and Bruges.
"An American Girl Abroad" by Adeline Trafton
Bread without flesh is a good diet, as on many botanical excursions I have proved.
"My First Summer in the Sierra" by John Muir
He used to relate some humorous anecdotes of excursions which he made with Mr. Astor.
"Reminiscences, 1819-1899" by Julia Ward Howe
There is no more varied excursion than to row over to Lubec, and from there to drive through woods and over sandy roads to the lighthouse.
"Campobello" by Kate Gannett Wells
Little did I imagine, when I selected Walheim for my pedestrian excursions, that all heaven lay so near it.
"The Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction - German" by J. W. von Goethe
Not long after the purchase of the boat, we planned an excursion to Sandpeep Island, the last of the islands in the harbor.
"Child Life in Prose" by Various

In poetry:

From high or zealous feeling,
From arch, excursive grace,
From all with which a lovely mind
Endows the human face.
"Vignette - VI" by Matilda Betham
Then by the assistance of excursive thought,
A country seek, where into bondage brought,
Long time the seed of Abram knew no rest,
By unrelenting cruelty opprest.
"Enigma XIV." by Elizabeth Hitchener
T‘ien-kung sun warm, pagoda door open;
Alone climbing, greet Spring, drink one cup.
Without limit excursion-people afar-off wonder at me;
What cause most old most first arrived!
"In Early Spring Alone Climbing The T‘Ien-Kung Pagoda [from the Chinese]" by Arthur Waley
Returned from that excursion, soon I bade
Farewell for ever to the sheltered seats
Of gowned students, quitted hall and bower,
And every comfort of that privileged ground,
Well pleased to pitch a vagrant tent among
The unfenced regions of society.
"Book Seventh [Residence in London]" by William Wordsworth

In news:

The company will build conventional-looking four-door Excursions , as well as stretched six-door versions.
Liquid Excursion , Brasserie des Rocs, Part 3.
Mount Si seniors to go on Grad Night excursion .
Excursion to Oregon Coast isn't complete without Cape Kiwanda climb.
Most passengers are walking around town or are on three- or four-hour local excursions such as "Panoramic Corfu" or "Corfu and Mon Repos Palace.".
Read the details of shore excursions .
Best City Excursion With the Kids.
Central America Overland Expeditions members Bernard Barbour (left), of Martinez, and Scott Woodhams, of Evans, practice setting up their rooftop tents on their expedition vehicles for their upcoming excursion to Central America.
You can register online for the free excursion.
2002 Ford Excursion 28 Inch Wheels.
2002 Ford Excursion Front Suspension.
2002 Ford Excursion Ford Badge.
A view from the Fall Foliage Train Excursion in Shortsville.
Wichita Symphony Orchestra presents ' Nordic Excursions.
Violin virtuoso to join Wichita Symphony for ' Nordic Excursions.

In science:

Section 7 reviews some results of [41, 46, 49, 50] relating the two-parameter family to the lengths of excursions of a Markov process whose zero set is the range of a stable subordinator of index α.
Poisson-Kingman partitions
Section 8 provides further detail in the case α = 1 2 which corresponds to partitioning a time interval by the lengths of excursions of a Brownian motion.
Poisson-Kingman partitions
Component intervals of the complement of M relative to [0, 1] are called excursion intervals.
Poisson-Kingman partitions
That is to say i ∼ j iff Ui and Uj fall in the same excursion interval.
Poisson-Kingman partitions
By construction, the sequence ( ˜Pj ) of class frequencies of Π is the sequence of lengths of excursion intervals in the order they are discovered by the sample points, and (Pi ) is recovered from ( ˜Pj ) by ranking.
Poisson-Kingman partitions
Formula (110) combined with (14) gives an expression in terms of the Hermite function for the positive integer moments of the sum Sm (λ) of mth powers of lengths of excursions of Brownian motion on [0, 1] given L1 = λ.
Poisson-Kingman partitions
Let Kn denote the number of blocks of Πn , where (Πn ) is the unconditioned Brownian excursion partition.
Poisson-Kingman partitions
Size-biased sampling of Poisson point processes and excursions.
Poisson-Kingman partitions
We call the interval [ki−i , ki − 1] the i–th excursion.
The speed of biased random walk on percolation clusters
For a set D ⊆ G, let V (i, D) be the event that the walker visits D during the i–th excursion.
The speed of biased random walk on percolation clusters
PR (∂ C ∧ n) is a (grand-canonical) excursion measure from r to R for the random set ∂ C ∧ n, with proper scaling PR ≈ (r/R)x(n) .
Conformal Fractal Geometry and Boundary Quantum Gravity
It means that in this regime wn is strongly in fluenced by rare events, i.e., unlikely excursions of the random walker against the bias.
Synchronization of Random Linear Maps
Then there is a critical βc > 0 such that the above localization property holds for β > βc , but not for β < βc , where the path measure converges, after Brownian rescaling, to the Brownian excursion.
Localization-delocalization phenomena for random interfaces
Tak´acs. A Bernoulli excursion and its various applications.
Additive functionals on random search trees
Bicycles X ′ which are neither equal to X nor disjoint from X must have at least one excursion (and at most one each of excursions of type II and III).
Random MAX SAT, Random MAX CUT, and Their Phase Transitions