cours·​ing ˈkȯr-siŋ How to pronounce coursing (audio)
: the pursuit of running game with dogs that follow by sight instead of by scent
: the act of one that courses

Examples of coursing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Look, Wall Street often doesn’t mind propping up money-losing startups, so long as there’s a good amount of cash coursing through the operation and some kind of well-articulated path to profitability. Allison Morrow, CNN, 2 Apr. 2024 But there was Taylor on Saturday night, trotting back out of the locker room and onto the Indianapolis sideline, pacing back and forth like a gladiator ready to be unleashed, refusing to give in to the pain coursing through his ankle. The Indianapolis Star, 7 Jan. 2024 Lin, who has a degree in bioinformatics, uses a circle motif that likens the four central characters to cells viewed on a microscope slide, and compares the coursing of blood through veins to people’s transit through city streets. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Feb. 2024 So the power coursing through that portion of the lines was cut. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, 25 Jan. 2024 There’s zero doubt someone has to feel rodeo coursing through their bloodstream to sign up. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Jan. 2024 And the Tulare Lake area is now the epicenter of the most rapid subsidence since 2015, part of the reason the 2023 floods sent water coursing into areas that emerged unscathed in previous floods. Susanne Rust, Los Angeles Times, 27 Dec. 2023 In the central city of Deir al-Balah, the storm brought cold winds and flooded a shelter area behind a hospital, sending torrents of water coursing between the tents. Wafaa Shurafa,, 14 Dec. 2023 His albums assembled the bones of rock and roll into an idiosyncratic style coursing with disbelief at just about every aspect of the American zeitgeist: hippies, cars, college, drugs, California, and, eventually, yuppies. Daniel Felsenthal, The Atlantic, 27 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of coursing was in 1538

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Cite this Entry

“Coursing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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