cours·ing | \ˈkȯr-siŋ \

Definition of coursing 

1 : the pursuit of running game with dogs that follow by sight instead of by scent

2 : the act of one that courses

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The conductor Bertrand de Billy led a coursing, richly detailed and colorful account of the score. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "Review: Anna Netrebko Emerges as a Powerful New Tosca at the Met," 22 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of coursing

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of coursing was in 1538

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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