[syn: digression, excursion]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Excursion \Ex*cur"sion\ [L. excursio: cf. F. excursion. See
1. A running or going out or forth; an expedition; a sally.
Far on excursion toward the gates of hell. --Milton.
They would make excursions and waste the country.
2. A journey chiefly for recreation; a pleasure trip; a brief
tour; as, an excursion into the country.
3. A wandering from a subject; digression.
I am not in a scribbling mood, and shall therefore
make no excursions. --Cowper.
4. (Mach.) Length of stroke, as of a piston; stroke. [An
awkward use of the word.]
Syn: Journey; tour; ramble; jaunt. See Journey.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a journey taken for pleasure; "many summer excursions to
the shore"; "it was merely a pleasure trip"; "after
cautious sashays into the field" [syn: excursion,
jaunt, outing, junket, pleasure trip, expedition,
2: wandering from the main path of a journey [syn: digression,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
139 Moby Thesaurus words for "excursion":
aberrancy, aberration, airing, ambages, aside, bend, bias,
branching off, bypass, bypath, byway, campaign, circling, circuit,
circuition, circuitousness, circuitry, circularity, circulation,
circumambience, circumambiency, circumambulation, circumbendibus,
circumflexion, circumlocution, circummigration, circumnavigation,
corner, course, crook, crosswiseness, cruise, curve, declination,
deflection, deflexure, departure, detour, deviance, deviancy,
deviation, deviousness, diagonality, digression, discursion,
divagation, divarication, divergence, diversion, dogleg, double,
drift, drifting, drive, episode, errantry, excursus, exorbitation,
expedition, grand tour, gyre, gyring, hairpin, hike, indirection,
indirectness, jaunt, journey, junket, lionism, meandering,
nonconformity, obliqueness, obliquity, orbit, orbiting, outing,
package tour, parenthesis, peregrination, pererration, pilgrimage,
pleasure trip, progress, ramble, rambling, ride, round trip,
roundabout, roundabout way, roundaboutness, rounding,
rubberneck tour, run, safari, sail, sally, sheer, shift, shifting,
shifting course, shifting path, shoot, side path, side road,
sidetrack, sight-seeing, skew, skewness, slant, spiral, spiraling,
squint, stalk, straying, stroll, sweep, swerve, swerving, swinging,
tack, tour, transverseness, trek, trip, turn, turning, twist,
vagary, variation, veer, voyage, walk, walkabout, wandering, warp,
wheeling, yaw, zigzag