from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of traveling from one place to another; a trip.
  • n. A distance to be traveled or the time required for a trip: a 2,000-mile journey to the Pacific; the three-day journey home.
  • n. A process or course likened to traveling; a passage: the journey of life.
  • intransitive v. To make a journey; travel.
  • transitive v. To travel over or through.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A set amount of travelling, seen as a single unit; a discrete trip, a voyage.
  • n. A day.
  • n. A day's travelling; the distance travelled in a day.
  • n. A day's work.
  • v. To travel, to make a trip or voyage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The travel or work of a day.
  • n. Travel or passage from one place to another, especially one covering a large distance or taking a long time.
  • n. A passage through life, or a passage through any significant experience, or from one state to another.
  • n. The distance that is traveled in a journey{2}, or the time taken to complete a journey{2}.
  • intransitive v. To travel from place to place; to go from home to a distance.
  • transitive v. To traverse; to travel over or through.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a journey; travel; go from place to place.
  • n. A day's work, occupation, or travel; a day of battle or of toil of any kind; hence, labor; work; service; task; trouble.
  • n. A course of travel or transit, as from one place to another, or indefinitely from point to point in space or time: as, a journey; from London to Paris or to Rome; a week's journey; the journey of life.
  • n. In glass-making, a single cycle or round of work, in which the raw materials are converted into glass, and the glass is withdrawn from the pots in which it has been melted; the time employed in converting a certain quantity of material into glass.
  • n. The weight of finished coins delivered simultaneously to the master of the British mint.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of traveling from one place to another
  • v. travel upon or across
  • v. undertake a journey or trip


Middle English journei, day, day's travel, journey, from Old French jornee, from Vulgar Latin *diurnāta, from Late Latin diurnum, day, from neuter of Latin diurnus, of a day, from diēs, day; see diary.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English journee, from Old French jornee, from Medieval Latin diurnata ("a day's work, a day's journey, a fixed day, a day"), from Latin diurnus ("daily"), from diēs ("day"). (Wiktionary)



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    Don't ever want to find the culprit
    That remains the object
    Of their long relentless quest -
    The obsession's in the chasing
    And not the apprehending -
    Its the pursuit you seek and never the arrest
    from Tom Waits' Foreign Affair

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  • I do not resemble your other lovers, my lady
    should another give you a cloud
    I give you rain
    Should he give you a lantern, I
    will give you the moon
    Should he give you a branch
    I will give you the trees
    And if another gives you a ship
    I shall give you the journey.

    - Nizar Qabbani, 'Love Compared'.

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