• WordNet 3.6
    • n courser swift-footed terrestrial plover-like bird of southern Asia and Africa; related to the pratincoles
    • n courser a dog trained for coursing
    • n courser formerly a strong swift horse ridden into battle
    • n courser a huntsman who hunts small animals with fast dogs that use sight rather than scent to follow their prey
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Courser (Zoöl) A grallatorial bird of Europe Cursorius cursor, remarkable for its speed in running. Sometimes, in a wider sense, applied to running birds of the Ostrich family.
    • Courser A swift or spirited horse; a racer or a war horse; a charger.
    • Courser One who courses or hunts. "leash is a leathern thong by which . . . a courser leads his greyhound."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n courser A swift horse; a runner; a war-horse: used chiefly in poetry.
    • n courser One who hunts; one who pursues the sport of coursing.
    • n courser A discourser; a disputant.
    • n courser In ornithology: A bird of the genus Cursorius: as, the cream-colored courser, Cursorius isabellinus.
    • n courser plural The birds of the old group Cursores; the struthious birds, as the ostrich, etc.
    • n courser A broker; an agent; a dealer; especially, a dealer in horses.
    • n courser A groom.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Courser a runner: a swift horse: one who courses or hunts
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  • Emily Dickinson
    “There is no Frigate like a book to take us lands away nor any coursers like a page of prancing Poetry.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. coursier,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. cours—L. cursus, from currĕre, cursum, to run.


In literature:

His coat-of-arms, that of the house of Friedwald, was richly emblazoned upon the housings of his courser.
"Under the Rose" by Frederic Stewart Isham
Firm on his courser Veillantif he sits And gores his flanks with spurs of purest gold.
"La Chanson de Roland" by Léon Gautier
The brisk attendants to his aid, with whom He loos'd their foaming coursers from the yoke.
"The Odyssey of Homer" by Homer
Speed on, O favored coursers of the deep, bearing swiftly those suffering exiles to the land of Hope and Freedom!
"Glances at Europe" by Horace Greeley
On the back was painted a courser, at each end a colt, near the bend a sleeping maiden, near the notch a running hare.
"Finnish Legends for English Children" by R. Eivind
On a bay courser, goodly to behold, The trappings of his horse emboss'd with barbarous gold.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 356, June, 1845" by Various
The greyhound can catch the hare; but is left a hopeless laggard by the swift-footed courser.
"The Preacher of Cedar Mountain" by Ernest Thompson Seton
And when her courser's mane it swung, A thousand silver bells were rung.
"Essays in English Literature, 1780-1860" by George Saintsbury
Your dog and your white courser have perished, but that is not the worst.
"Legends & Romances of Brittany" by Lewis Spence
The fleet-footed courser was already going with the speed of the wind.
"Through Apache Lands" by R. H. Jayne
The wooden courser was not to be seen at first glance.
"The Witches of New York" by Q. K. Philander Doesticks
Come, Mont-Dore, to horse, the courser will not run away with you.
"The Poniard's Hilt" by Eugène Sue
There is a row of royal figures on horseback, among them Elizabeth, mounted on a courser and ready to review her troops.
"The Memoirs of Madame Vigée Lebrun" by Marie Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun
In beauty peerless, and unmatched in speed, Its thousand coursers of celestial breed.
"The Birth of the War-God" by Kalidasa
They had imagined they could lead them like two coursers of different tempers, the one to the right and the other to the left.
"Priests, Women, and Families" by J. Michelet
Lancelot chose a white courser, whose size and spirit pleased him most, and this he deftly saddled and bridled.
"Historic Tales, Vol 14 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
On she came, racing like some mad courser, yet riding the gigantic billows buoyantly as a bird.
"Graham's Magazine, Vol XXXIII, No. 6, December 1848" by Various
A three-legged stool makes a courser both slow and noisy.
"The White Plumes of Navarre" by Samuel Rutherford Crockett
She felt as if riding o'er forest and field on a wild courser.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
The saddle of his courser was ornamented with rings and buckles of silver.
"Barbarossa; An Historical Novel of the XII Century." by Conrad von Bolanden

In poetry:

Now by the swelling ocean's side,
He mounts his courser brave!
Spurs him with domineering pride,
And plunges in the wave!
"The Fatal Horse" by William Hayley
Now he hates the sunny plain;
Once he loved its dust and heat.
Now no more he leads the train
Of his peers on coursers fleet.
"To Lydia" by Eugene Field
Who will mount the gallant courser?
Who can ride him to the goal—
Thro' the paths of life uneven,
To the temple of the soul?
"The Steed And The Rider" by Ernest Jones
Thro' the flaming mountain gorges
Lo, the River leaps the plain;
Like a wild god-stridden courser,
Tossing high its foamy mane.
"Daphne" by George Meredith
Earl William felt his palsied arm,
And the vital heat decay;
And the dull, dead eye of his courser nigh ....
He turn'd his eyes away !
"The Black Knight Of The Water" by Anne Bannerman
The baron of Smaylho'me rose with day,
He spurr'd his courser on,
Without stop or stay, down the rocky way,
That leads to Brotherstone.
"The Eve of St. John" by Sir Walter Scott

In news:

There is no frigate like a book To take us lands away, Nor any coursers like a page Of prancing poetry.

In science:

This explains the courser relation defined above, which is typical in the noncommutative case (see d.g. near-rings and pseudohomomorphisms: [F1, F2], [L] p.313).
The nonabelian bar resolution
While the PRO1 TDC resolution is roughly 20 times courser and slower than the digital delay lines method, the PRO1 method is useful in applications with a fast readout duty cycle using deep SCA storage for buffering during the readout deadtime.
The PRO1 ASIC for Fast Wilkinson Encoding