Origin of coursing
- the line along the earth's surface upon or over which a vessel, an aircraft, etc., proceeds: described by its bearing with relation to true or magnetic north.
- a point of the compass.
verb (used with object), coursed, cours·ing.
verb (used without object), coursed, cours·ing.
- certainly; definitely: Of course I'll come to the party.
- in the usual or natural order of things: Extra services are charged for, of course.
Origin of course
Synonyms for course
Related Words for coursingstream, gallop, spring, dash, follow, speed, chase, scamper, tumble, scoot, dart, hurry, hustle, rush, pursue, hunt, scurry, surge, career, race
Examples from the Web for coursing
Contemporary Examples of coursing
Coursing beneath the polished surface of the love poems is something deep, dark, and defiant.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun
November 8, 2014
It was clear that some information had been received and that it was now coursing through the crowd.Are East Ukraine's Cops in Moscow's Pocket?
April 15, 2014
A simple chart on mortgage activity shows how rising rates are coursing through the economy.Rising interest rates spur drop in mortgage financing activity
July 12, 2013
Historical Examples of coursing
The Fox also successfully uses this method of coursing with relays.The Industries of Animals
Thoughts of supreme grandeur were coursing through his brain."Unto Caesar"
Baroness Emmuska Orczy
And on beyond this first buzzard, coursing above him, were other buzzards.The Escape of Mr. Trimm
Irvin S. Cobb
Amid the confusion my blood was coursing evenly, and I was not afraid.Desert Dust
Edwin L. Sabin
He had come there to get out of the way of the hunting, which he hated as much as he did the coursing.The Mahatma and the Hare
H. Rider Haggard
- the path or channel along which something movesthe course of a river
- (in combination)a watercourse
- a prescribed number of lessons, lectures, etc, in an educational curriculum
- the material covered in such a curriculum
- a hunt by hounds relying on sight rather than scent
- a match in which two greyhounds compete in chasing a hare
- (adverb)as expected; naturally
- (sentence substitute)certainly; definitely
Word Origin for course
late 13c., "onward movement," from Old French cors (12c.) "course; run, running; flow of a river," from Latin cursus "a running race or course," from curs- past participle stem of currere "to run" (see current (adj.)).
Most extended senses (meals, etc.) are present in 14c. Academic meaning "planned series of study" is c.1600 (in French from 14c.). Phrase of course is attested from 1540s; literally "of the ordinary course;" earlier in same sense was bi cours (c.1300).
16c., from course (n.). Related: Coursed; coursing.
In addition to the idiom beginning with course
- course of true love never ran smoothly, the
- crash course
- in due course
- matter of course
- of course
- par for the course
- run its course
- stay the course