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 for expedition
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Expedition \Ex`pe*di"tion\, n. [L. expeditio: cf.F.
     1. The quality of being expedite; efficient promptness;
        haste; dispatch; speed; quickness; as to carry the mail
        with expedition.
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              With winged expedition
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              Swift as the lightning glance. ?
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     2. A sending forth or setting forth the execution of some
        object of consequence; progress.
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              Putting it straight in expedition. ?
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     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.
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              The expedition miserably failed.      --Prescott.
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              Narrative of the exploring expedition to the Rocky
              Mountains. --J. C. Fremont.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a military campaign designed to achieve a specific
           objective in a foreign country [syn: expedition,
           military expedition, hostile expedition]
      2: an organized group of people undertaking a journey for a
         particular purpose; "an expedition was sent to explore Mars"
      3: a journey organized for a particular purpose
      4: a journey taken for pleasure; "many summer excursions to the
         shore"; "it was merely a pleasure trip"; "after cautious
         sashays into the field" [syn: excursion, jaunt, outing,
         junket, pleasure trip, expedition, sashay]
      5: the property of being prompt and efficient; "it was done with
         dispatch" [syn: dispatch, despatch, expedition,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  106 Moby Thesaurus words for "expedition":
     advance, advancement, adventure, agility, air speed, alacrity,
     briskness, campaign, celerity, circuit, clarification, course,
     crusade, decisiveness, dispatch, drive, easing, emprise,
     enterprise, excursion, expediting, expeditiousness, exploration,
     facilitation, fastness, flight, flit, flurry, forwarding,
     furtherance, goodwill, grand tour, ground speed, haste, hastening,
     helping along, holy war, hurry, hustle, immediacy, immediateness,
     instantaneousness, jaunt, jihad, journey, junket, knots,
     lightning speed, miles per hour, mission, nimbleness, outing,
     package tour, peregrination, peregrinations, pilgrimage,
     pleasure trip, precipitation, preferential treatment, progress,
     promotion, promptitude, promptness, punctuality, punctualness,
     quest, quickening, quickness, rapidity, readiness, round pace,
     round trip, rpm, rubberneck tour, run, rush, rushing, rustle,
     safari, sally, sharpness, shoot, simplification, simplifying,
     smartness, smoothing, snappiness, special treatment, speed,
     speediness, speeding, spryness, stalk, streamlining, summariness,
     swift rate, swiftness, tour, travels, trek, trip, turn,
     undertaking, velocity, voyage, war

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