Definitions for: Expedition


[n] a journey organized for a particular purpose
[n] a journey taken for pleasure; "many summer excursions to the shore"; "it was merely a pleasure trip"; "after cautious sashays into the field"
[n] a military campaign designed to achieve a specific objective in a foreign country
[n] the property of being prompt and efficient; "it was done with dispatch"
[n] an organized group of people undertaking a journey for a particular purpose; "an expedition was sent to explore Mars"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ex`pe*di"tion, n. [L. expeditio: cf.F.
exp['e]dition.]
1. The quality of being expedite; efficient promptness;
haste; dispatch; speed; quickness; as to carry the mail
with expedition.

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
such excursion.

The expedition miserably failed. --Prescott.

Narrative of the exploring expedition to the Rocky
Mountains. --J. C. Fremont.

Synonyms: despatch, dispatch, excursion, expeditiousness, hostile expedition, jaunt, junket, military expedition, outing, pleasure trip, sashay

See Also: airing, campaign, celerity, Crusade, exploration, field trip, geographic expedition, hunting expedition, journey, journeying, military campaign, quickness, rapidity, safari, scouting trip, working group, working party

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