[syn: dispatch, despatch, expedition, expeditiousness]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Expedition \Ex`pe*di"tion\, n. [L. expeditio: cf.F.
1. The quality of being expedite; efficient promptness;
haste; dispatch; speed; quickness; as to carry the mail
With winged expedition
Swift as the lightning glance. ?
2. A sending forth or setting forth the execution of some
object of consequence; progress.
Putting it straight in expedition. ?
3. An important enterprise, implying a change of place;
especially, a warlike enterprise; a march or a voyage with
martial intentions; an excursion by a body of persons for
a valuable end; as, a military, naval, exploring, or
scientific expedition; also, the body of persons making
The expedition miserably failed. --Prescott.
Narrative of the exploring expedition to the Rocky
Mountains. --J. C. Fremont.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a military campaign designed to achieve a specific
objective in a foreign country [syn: expedition,
military expedition, hostile expedition]
2: an organized group of people undertaking a journey for a
particular purpose; "an expedition was sent to explore Mars"
3: a journey organized for a particular purpose
4: 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, sashay]
5: the property of being prompt and efficient; "it was done with
dispatch" [syn: dispatch, despatch, expedition,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
106 Moby Thesaurus words for "expedition":
advance, advancement, adventure, agility, air speed, alacrity,
briskness, campaign, celerity, circuit, clarification, course,
crusade, decisiveness, dispatch, drive, easing, emprise,
enterprise, excursion, expediting, expeditiousness, exploration,
facilitation, fastness, flight, flit, flurry, forwarding,
furtherance, goodwill, grand tour, ground speed, haste, hastening,
helping along, holy war, hurry, hustle, immediacy, immediateness,
instantaneousness, jaunt, jihad, journey, junket, knots,
lightning speed, miles per hour, mission, nimbleness, outing,
package tour, peregrination, peregrinations, pilgrimage,
pleasure trip, precipitation, preferential treatment, progress,
promotion, promptitude, promptness, punctuality, punctualness,
quest, quickening, quickness, rapidity, readiness, round pace,
round trip, rpm, rubberneck tour, run, rush, rushing, rustle,
safari, sally, sharpness, shoot, simplification, simplifying,
smartness, smoothing, snappiness, special treatment, speed,
speediness, speeding, spryness, stalk, streamlining, summariness,
swift rate, swiftness, tour, travels, trek, trip, turn,
undertaking, velocity, voyage, war