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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Excursion \Ex*cur"sion\ [L. excursio: cf. F. excursion. See Excurrent.] 1. A running or going out or forth; an expedition; a sally. [1913 Webster] Far on excursion toward the gates of hell. --Milton. [1913 Webster] They would make excursions and waste the country. --Holland. [1913 Webster] 2. A journey chiefly for recreation; a pleasure trip; a brief tour; as, an excursion into the country. [1913 Webster] 3. A wandering from a subject; digression. [1913 Webster] I am not in a scribbling mood, and shall therefore make no excursions. --Cowper. [1913 Webster] 4. (Mach.) Length of stroke, as of a piston; stroke. [An awkward use of the word.] Syn: Journey; tour; ramble; jaunt. See Journey. [1913 Webster]