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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


From Middle French expédition, from Latin expeditio



expedition (plural expeditions)

  1. (obsolete) The quality of being expedite; efficient promptness; haste; dispatch; speed; quickness; as to carry the mail with expedition.
    • 1719: Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
      one of them began to come nearer our boat than at first I expected; but I lay ready for him, for I had loaded my gun with all possible expedition...
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 331:
      he presently exerted his utmost agility, and with surprizing expedition ascended the hill.
  2. A sending forth or setting forth the execution of some object of consequence; progress.
  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.
  4. The body of persons making such excursion.





expedition c

  1. an expedition, a journey, a mission
  2. an office


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