• WordNet 3.6
    • v tour make a tour of a certain place "We toured the Provence this summer"
    • n tour a journey or route all the way around a particular place or area "they took an extended tour of Europe","we took a quick circuit of the park","a ten-day coach circuit of the island"
    • n tour a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else) "it's my go","a spell of work"
    • n tour a period of time spent in military service
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Arnold Palmer was the first player to win $1 million on the PGA Tour
    • Tour A going round; a circuit; hence, a journey in a circuit; a prolonged circuitous journey; a comprehensive excursion; as, the tour of Europe; the tour of France or England. "The bird of Jove stooped from his airy tour ."
    • n Tour A tower.
    • Tour A turn; a revolution; as, the tours of the heavenly bodies.
    • Tour (Mil) anything done successively, or by regular order; a turn; as, a tour of duty.
    • v. i Tour To make a tourm; as, to tour throught a country.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The term "The Big Apple" was coined by touring jazz musicians of the 1930s who used the slang expression "apple" for any town or city. Therefore, to play New York City is to play the big time - The Big Apple
    • n tour A Middle English form of tower.
    • n tour A turn: a revolution.
    • n tour A turn, course, or shift, as of duty or work: originally a military use.
    • n tour A turn round some place; a going round from place to place; a continued ramble or excursion; a short journey: as, a wedding tour.
    • n tour A turn, drive, or carriage promenade in a park or other place of fashionable resort for driving.
    • n tour A fashionable drive, or resort for driving, as that in Hyde Park, London.
    • n tour Turn; cast; drift.
    • n tour Synonyms Trip, Excursion, etc. See journey.
    • tour To turn.
    • tour To make a tour; travel about.
    • tour To make a tour or circuit of: as, to tour an island.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A Canadian Tour company offers a two-day course in igloo building
    • n Tour tōōr a going round: a journey in a circuit: a prolonged journey: a ramble
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  • Elwyn Brooks White
    “A candidate could easily commit political suicide if he were to come up with an unconventional thought during a presidential tour.”
  • George Ade
    George Ade
    “The time to enjoy a European tour is about three weeks after you unpack.”
  • Chrissie Hynde
    Chrissie Hynde
    “Being on tour sends me crazy, I drink too much and out comes the John Mcenroe in me.”


Nickel tour - (USA) If someone gives you a nickel tour, they show you around a place. ('Fifty-cent tour' is also used.)
Whistle-stop tour - A whistle-stop tour is when someone visits a number of places quickly, not stopping for long.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. tour,. See Turn (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. tornus, a turn.


In literature:

On its tour Kelley was also the musical conductor, in which capacity he has frequently served elsewhere.
"Contemporary American Composers" by Rupert Hughes
Both boys got into the touring-car just as a heavy crash of thunder sounded out.
"Dave Porter in the Gold Fields" by Edward Stratemeyer
Tour to Kumaon in 1847.
"Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877" by James Kennedy
The lower part of the Tour St. Romain is certainly a part of the cathedral St. Maurilius consecrated.
"The Story of Rouen" by Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
Dr. Ryerson's First Educational Tour in Europe.
"The Story of My Life" by Egerton Ryerson
Not the least important of the educative influences of this period were the tours undertaken by the young Prince.
"The Life of King Edward VII" by J. Castell Hopkins
Take him with you on this tour you are going to make in Scotland.
"Rollo in Scotland" by Jacob Abbott
We used to live at Tours; it was a pretty place.
"Jack" by Alphonse Daudet
Washington left Philadelphia for home on Monday, the twenty-first of March, prepared for a tour through the southern states.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
It took us a day and a night to reach Tours.
"In the Flash Ranging Service" by Edward Alva Trueblood

In poetry:

Ah, small things, ah, wee things,
Are the poets all,
Whose tour's the more azure
Because they're so small.
"A Question" by Francis Thompson
And the bridal robe you have laid aside
And the vail all of lacy foam,
The maiden's wed, the tour is sped
So welcome, welcome home
"Welcome Home" by Nora Pembroke
But see! 'tis past the silent noon of night,
And Cynthia falls from her meridian tour;
While, as she slow withdraws her paler light,
The shadows lengthen of yon cypress-bower.
"Time: An Elegy. Written Near The Ruins Of Elgin Cathedral" by Robert Alves
Too ambitious boy!
I did but promise thee one hour of joy.
This tour thou plannest, with a heart so light,
Could hardly be completed in a night.
Hast thou no craving less remote than this?
"The Pierrot Of The Minute" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
"My heart shall have no love but this--
My lips shall know no other kiss,
Save only, father, thine;
So graunt me leave to seek my bower,
The lonely chamber in the toure,
Where sleeps his child and mine."
"The Vision Of The Holy Grail" by Eugene Field
Behold! Colonel, I am the garrison, said the soldier proudly,
What! exclaimed the Colonel, do you mean to tell me —
That you alone have held that tower against so many men,
Yes, Colonel, I have indeed, replied La Tour d'Auvergne.
"The First Grenadier of France" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

A tour de force tour through music from the earliest to the middle period.
The Central Minnesota Forage Council will conduct a Forage Field Tour and Dairy Tour Friday, June 15, at the Earl and Darlene Felling farm north of Albany near St Anthony.
The dates of the tour follow this HILARIOUS VIDEO of Keith Urban and his tour buddies.
Embarking on his first North American tour in nearly a decade, Peter Gabriel kicked off his Growing Up Live 2002-2003 tour Nov 13.
The US leg of Clapton's tour begins March 14 in Phoenix, AZ, with the guitarist joined by his touring band and special guests The Wallflowers.
The city of Tel Aviv has been the target of missile attacks in the past week, but US tour operators say tour groups are still traveling.
The Missoula Children's Theatre, the nation's largest touring children's theater, has been touring extensively for 40 years.
Houchin was touring with the 15 other magicians as part of "Curiosities 2012" tour.
Even after a year and a half of non-stop touring, Chris Martin isn't ready to leave the road, but during the final Australian show of Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto Tour, he acknowledged that the band won't be touring again for a while.
Hilary Duff kicked off her Still Most Wanted tour in LA in July and will be touring the US through September.
His current tour is called "Stand-Up Revolution" and will hit over 90 cities across the United States by the time the tour concludes.
The bus tour is a chance for friends and family to tour several historic places in the Little Falls/Randall area.
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour's 2012 season came to an end last weekend at the Tour Championship.
The 23rd North Idaho Chamber Legislative Tour provides lawmakers an opportunity to familiarize themselves with industries and issues that are important to the region their touring.
The Beatles' ' Magical Mystery Tour' review: a fascinating tour.

In science:

In this section, we will present a short tour of the proof of our main result.
Sparse Potentials With Fractional Hausdorff Dimension
Chv´atal, Hamiltonian cycles, in: The traveling salesman problem: a guided tour of combinatorial optimization, E. L.
Pseudo-random graphs
This method has a simple form when set in the context of a Poissonian random graph, and we illustrate this in Section 5 with a version of the ‘switching lemma’ of . A short tour of graph polynomials appears in Section 2.
Flows and ferromagnets
Thus, d(η x, η ′ x′ ) = ℓ + | supp(η ′ − η )|, where ℓ is the smallest length of a “travelling salesman” tour (walk) from x to x′ that visits each element of supp(η ′ − η ).
The Poisson boundary of lamplighter random walks on trees
Weinstein, Grupoids : unifying internal and external symmetry, a tour through some examples.
How to Define Global Lie Group Actions on Functions