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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The latest storms have sent floodwater coursing through canals and ditches and flowing across farmland toward the old lake bottom. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 18 Mar. 2023 Fluid lights undulated on the field surface, mimicking the coursing of blood. James Poniewozik, New York Times, 23 July 2021 Kritsky said the coursing of male cicadas is now peaking around the low to mid-70s. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, 16 June 2021 Thursday, a very significant slice of that age group already has one vaccine or another coursing through their veins. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Mar. 2021 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, 23 Apr. 2020 Babs and Riley were entered in the outlaw events (for lure coursing and rat hunt). Gabrielle Copeland Schoeffield,, 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,, 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, 28 June 2019 See More

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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 26 Mar. 2023.

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