- an excursion, journey, or voyage made for some specific purpose, as of war or exploration.
- the group of persons, ships, etc., engaged in such an activity: a large expedition of scientists and military personnel.
- promptness or speed in accomplishing something: He worked with great expedition.
Origin of expedition
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Examples from the Web for expedition
Two years into an Arctic expedition, they were forced to abandon ship a thousand miles north of Siberia.The Best Nonfiction Books of 2014
December 14, 2014
Going to the library was like a treasure hunt, an expedition.The Singular Artist of New Yorkistan
November 14, 2014
Companies across the country donated supplies and equipment to assist him with his expedition.Victor Mooney’s Epic Adventure for His Dead Brother
October 19, 2014
I thanked them for their loyalty and all the innovation and expertise they brought to the Expedition through the years.From Havana to Hero: Diana Nyad’s 35-Year Quest
September 2, 2014
That happened several years ago during an expedition up and down the San Diego shore in search of the best fish tacos.Finding Food Heaven on the Cali Coast
Jane & Michael Stern
August 17, 2014
The pails were provided, and Robert started on his expedition.Brave and Bold
Lake Torrens was reached, and then the difficulties of the expedition began.
It was a very good season, but the expedition was too late in starting.
His expedition, which left Copenhagen in 1761, lasted six years.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
That clinging mist seemed of evil bodement for our expedition.The Roof of France
- an organized journey or voyage for a specific purpose, esp for exploration or for a scientific or military purpose
- the people and equipment comprising an expedition
- a pleasure trip; excursion
- promptness in acting; dispatch
Word Origin and History for expedition
early 15c., "military campaign; the act of rapidly setting forth," from Middle French expédition (13c.) and directly from Latin expeditionem (nominative expeditio), noun of action from past participle stem of expedire (see expedite). Meaning "journey for some purpose" is from 1590s. Sense by 1690s also included the body of persons on such a journey. Related: Expeditionary.
Idioms and Phrases with expedition
see fishing expedition.