• WordNet 3.6
    • adj excursive (of e.g. speech and writing) tending to depart from the main point or cover a wide range of subjects "amusingly digressive with satirical thrusts at women's fashions among other things","a rambling discursive book","his excursive remarks","a rambling speech about this and that"
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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."
    • a Excursive Prone to make excursions; wandering; roving; exploring; as, an excursive fancy. "The course of excursive . . . understandings."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • excursive Given to making excursions; rambling; wandering. Johnson.
    • excursive Veering from point to point; wandering off from a subject; deviating; desultory; erratic: as, an excursive fancy or imagination.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Excursive rambling: deviating
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. excursioex, out, currĕre, cursum, to run.


In literature:

Excursion on the St. Francis.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Rollo proposed the plan to Mrs. Gray of making the excursion which Mr. George had indicated, and she was very much pleased with it.
"Rollo in Naples" by Jacob Abbott
"Down South" by Oliver Optic
Those who have a day to spare at Montepulciano can scarcely spend it better than in an excursion to Pienza and San Quirico.
"New Italian sketches" by John Addington Symonds
Bill had made many excursions into the Clearwater in search of the lost mine, all without success.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
An excursion in the pinnace, made by Captain Cook and Mr Banks, round the island, gave them a perfect knowledge of its shape and size.
"Captain Cook" by W.H.G. Kingston
I should think taking an excursion on a coal-lugger would be another new experience!
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
We have been on an excursion to Kettle Falls on the Columbia, where the river dashes over the huge rocks in a most picturesque way.
"Life at Puget Sound: With Sketches of Travel in Washington Territory, British Columbia, Oregon and California" by Caroline C. Leighton
As it is, Avranches is less attractive in itself than it is as the best point for several excursions in the Avranchin land.
"Sketches of Travel in Normandy and Maine" by Edward A. Freeman
An excursion of great meaning is that to the pyramids.
"Travels in the Far East" by Ellen Mary Hayes Peck

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:

When they return, the group plans to offer similar excursions to locals looking for adventure or churches looking for mission opportunities.
A number of excursions are being offered this month in North Carolina and Virginia behind Southern Railway steam locomotive No 630 as part of the 21st Century Steam program.
Dog Creek: Perfect pup excursion .
Tellus Science Museum an exciting excursion for families.
This is Frosty the Doughman's final excursion of the winter.
Southern California's Holiday Motor Excursion wraps up the year: Video.
These companies offer excursions accommodating a dozen people or less, as opposed to the 40-people-in-a-motorcoach excursions the cruiselines tend to offer.
Music / Post No Bills Damon Albarn's musical excursion to the Congo.
Cleveland's Civil War Roundtable takes an excursion into fiction.
And finally, sign up now for… Writing Places: Creative Excursions in and around Portland.
Black Swamp excursion was for the birds, literally.
State Route 410 Snowshoe Excursion .
North Pole Express excursion enchants adults, children alike with holiday magic.
The first major trip â€" a three-city, 10-game excursion â€" opens in San Diego, where the Mets get to visit ex-teammates Mike Piazza and Mike Cameron.
Ideal style for every excursion this fall.

In science:

Louchard G 1984 Kac’s formula, L´evy’s local time and Brownian excursion J.
Area distribution of the planar random loop boundary
This is immediate from the description of Le Gall and Aldous of the Brownian tree as being encoded in the Brownian excursion.
The genealogy of self-similar fragmentations with negative index as a continuum random tree
It follows by our previous considerations that their respective height processes H (i) are independent copies of HF , and it is easy to check that given IF (t) = Si≥1 Ii (where Ii is the interval corresponding to Ti (t)), the excursions of HF above t are precisely the processes µ(Ti (t))−αH (i) = |Ii |−αH (i) .
The genealogy of self-similar fragmentations with negative index as a continuum random tree
Le Gall, The uniform random tree in a Brownian excursion, Probab.
The genealogy of self-similar fragmentations with negative index as a continuum random tree
Such a function may not be an excursion in the usual sense because it might be zero for some s ∈ (0, b − a).
Weak convergence of random p-mappings and the exploration process of inhomogeneous continuum random trees