Ex`pe*di"tion (?), n. [L. expeditio: cf.F. exp'edition.]

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.

 

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