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excursĭo , ōnis, f. excurro,
I.a running out or forth.
I. Lit.
B. In partic., milit. t. t., a sally, onset, attack; an excursion, inroad, invasion: “crebras ex oppido excursiones faciebant,Caes. B. G. 2, 30, 1: “copiae, quibus fines suos ab excursionibus hostium et latrociniis tueretur,Cic. Deiot. 8, 22: “equitatus,id. de Imp. Pomp. 6, 16: “via excursionibus barbarorum infesta,id. Prov. Cons. 2, 4; cf.: “oram maris infestam regiae naves excursionibus crebris faciebant,Liv. 37, 14, 3; 30, 11, 6; 30, 8, 4; 37, 38, 9 al.—
II. Trop.
A. In gen.: relinquendae erunt vacuae tabellae, in quibus libera adiciendo sit excursio. free room or play for insertions, Quint. 10, 3, 32: “ne qua ex ea narratione fiat excursio,digression, id. 4, 2, 103.—
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