cours·​ing | \ ˈkȯr-siŋ How to pronounce coursing (audio) \

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

Examples of coursing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Releasing the brake sends the engine's full power coursing through the all-wheel-drive system, which shuffles torque to all four wheels. David Beard, Car and Driver, "2020 BMW M340i xDrive: Drivers and Passengers Might Not Agree on How to Enjoy It," 23 Apr. 2020 Babs and Riley were entered in the outlaw events (for lure coursing and rat hunt). Gabrielle Copeland Schoeffield,, "Taneytown Terrier Trials bring ‘great little’ dogs — 188 of them — to Carroll County," 18 July 2019 Both days saw a full schedule of events, including categories for racing, conformation, trailing and locating, GTG/SE, rat roundup, agility, lure coursing, and Outlaw Terrier games. Gabrielle Copeland Schoeffield,, "Taneytown Terrier Trials bring ‘great little’ dogs — 188 of them — to Carroll County," 18 July 2019 The United States scored early, but France did not wilt, the rhythm of the game beating ever faster, its pulse racing and its blood coursing. New York Times, "With an Abundance of Confidence, U.S. Gives an Advanced Class in Cool," 28 June 2019 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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“Coursing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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