expedition

An expedition is an organized journey that is undertaken for a particular purpose, like a group of scientists launching an expedition to South America to seek out a new medicinal herb.

An expedition is no walk in the park. It's a serious journey, often with a very specific purpose undertaken by several people and lots of equipment. Sometimes, it can even be dangerous, like when the arctic adventurer was attacked by polar bears during an expedition to the Arctic. Needless to say, he hung up his explorer's hat after that expedition.

Primary Meanings of expedition

1.
n
an organized group of people undertaking a journey for a particular purpose
2.
n
a military campaign designed to achieve a specific objective in a foreign country
3.
n
the property of being prompt and efficient
Full Definitions of expedition
1

n an organized group of people undertaking a journey for a particular purpose

“an expedition was sent to explore Mars”
Examples:
Lewis and Clark Expedition
an expedition sent by Thomas Jefferson to explore the northwestern territories of the United States; led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark; traveled from St. Louis to the mouth of the Columbia River from 1803 to 1806
Type of:
working group, working party
a group of people working together temporarily until some goal is achieved

n a journey organized for a particular purpose

Types:
scouting trip
an expedition undertaken to gain information
campaign, hunting expedition, safari
an overland journey by hunters (especially in Africa)
exploration, geographic expedition
to travel for the purpose of discovery
Type of:
journey, journeying
the act of traveling from one place to another

n a journey taken for pleasure

Synonyms:
excursion, jaunt, junket, outing, pleasure trip, sashay
Types:
airing
a short excursion (a walk or ride) in the open air
field trip
a group excursion (to a museum or the woods or some historic place) for firsthand examination
Type of:
journey, journeying
the act of traveling from one place to another
2

n a military campaign designed to achieve a specific objective in a foreign country

Synonyms:
hostile expedition, military expedition
Examples:
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First Crusade
a Crusade from 1096 to 1099; captured Jerusalem and created a theocracy there
Second Crusade
a Crusade from 1145 to 1147 that failed because of internal disagreements among the crusaders and led to the loss of Jerusalem in 1187
Third Crusade
a Crusade from 1189 to 1192 led by Richard I and the king of France that failed because an army torn by dissensions and fighting on foreign soil could not succeed against forces united by religious zeal
Fourth Crusade
a Crusade from 1202 to 1204 that was diverted into a battle for Constantinople and failed to recapture Jerusalem
Fifth Crusade
a Crusade under papal control from 1218 to 1221 that achieved military victories but failed when dissension arose over accepting the terms they had been offered
Sixth Crusade
a Crusade from 1228 to 1229 led by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II who fell ill and was excommunicated by the Pope; by negotiation Frederick II was able to crown himself king of Jerusalem
Seventh Crusade
a Crusade initiated in 1248 after the loss of Jerusalem in 1244 and defeated in 1249
Types:
Crusade
any of the more or less continuous military expeditions in the 11th to 13th centuries when Christian powers of Europe tried to recapture the Holy Land from the Muslims
Type of:
campaign, military campaign
several related operations aimed at achieving a particular goal (usually within geographical and temporal constraints)
3

n the property of being prompt and efficient

Synonyms:
despatch, dispatch, expeditiousness
Type of:
celerity, quickness, rapidity, rapidness, speediness
a rate that is rapid