Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


They seemed to have no more chance with her than if they coursed the wind.

She loved the running flame that coursed through her as she listened to him.

The Mona, lost in the waste, coursed without apparent purpose.

Coursed Rubble (fig. 4) is levelled up in courses 12 or 18 in.

He was proud of every drop of Israelitish blood that coursed through his veins.

In her veins there coursed the wild, free, fighting spirit of a true vagabond.

She should not see the scalding tears that coursed down his cheeks.

This is of brick, except the upper stage, which is coursed in brick and stone.

His religion, like the blood that coursed through his veins, was a real part of him.

Whether a hare be found and coursed that day matters little.


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).