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EXPEDI'TION, noun [Latin expeditio.] Haste; speed; quickness; dispatch. The mail is conveyed with expedition

1. The march of an army, or the voyage of a fleet, to a distant place, for hostile purposes; as the expedition of the French to Egypt; the expedition of Xerxes into Greece.

2. Any enterprize, undertaking or attempt by a number of persons; or the collective body which undertakes. We say, our government sent an expedition to the Pacific; the expedition has arrived.