• WordNet 3.6
    • adj cursorial (of limbs and feet) adapted for running
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Cursorial (Zoöl) Adapted to running or walking, and not to prehension; as, the limbs of the horse are cursorial . See Illust. of Aves.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cursorial Fitted for running: as, the cursorial legs of a dog.
    • cursorial Having limbs adapted for walking or running, as distinguished from other modes of progression: as, a cursorial isopod; a cursorial orthopteran.
    • cursorial Habitually progressing by walking or running, as distinguished from hopping, leaping, etc.; gradient; gressorial; ambulatory. Specifically
    • cursorial Of or pertaining to the Cursoria, Cursores, or Cursitores.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Cursorial kur-sō′ri-al adapted for running
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  • Henry Miller
    “We do not talk -- we bludgeon one another with facts and theories gleaned from cursory readings of newspapers, magazines and digests.”


In literature:

It was confined to the most cursory reading of the text.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 89, March, 1865" by Various
But his glance for her was merely cursory, and returned at once to the older woman.
"Kildares of Storm" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
Larry and I have found cursory mention of that.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
Our British Museum is only to be seen by interest, & then shewn in a very cursory manner.
"Before and after Waterloo" by Edward Stanley
For the purposes of this work a cursory presentation of the relations between the sexes, since primitive society, is of special importance.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
On which officers I shall make a few cursory remarks.
"Commentaries on the Laws of England" by William Blackstone
But the merest cursory examination showed that these were intact, one and all.
"The Bandbox" by Louis Joseph Vance
Pershing's inspection of that guard was not the cursory one that these honourary affairs usually are.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
I now took a cursory view of the women's yard, in which I found the same appearances of cleanliness and comfort as on the men's side.
"A Morning's Walk from London to Kew" by Richard Phillips
But a very cursory inspection of the two old houses convinced him that they were tenantless.
"The Girl in the Mirror" by Elizabeth Garver Jordan

In poetry:

And on your left you passed the spot
Where eight days later you were to lie,
And be spoken of as one who was not;
Beholding it with a cursory eye
As alien from you, though under its tree
You soon would halt everlastingly.
"Your Last Drive" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

EVEN the most cursory glance at a dessert cart in Germany makes it clear that this nation has yet to discover the perils of cholesterol.
Even the most cursory research turns up evidence of Mr Irving's duplicity.
Cursory answers, glazed expressions, awkward silences and sudden changes.
A cursory look at any wood-turning lathe will reveal the major components that all lathes share.
My cursory research (read: emailing a few friends) has not turned up any leads as to where in Nashville this amazing lip sync video might.
A few years ago, I had just a cursory understanding of diabetes.
A cursory glance reveals a.
He had glanced through this particular issue before, but it had only been a cursory look.
R ecently, a colleague at my radio station asked me, in the most cursory way, as we were waiting for the coffee to finish brewing, how I was.
I won't act like I have more than a very cursory knowledge of what Día de los Inocentes and Día de los Muertos are all about.
"It's very cursory, not very detailed," said Linda Martin of GARDNER, Realtors.
Once the filter list was current, I did some cursory testing and left for the day.
Even a cursory study of the Bible, however, reveals God's much older commands to care for His creation.
But a cursory Google search and a few postings on turned up nothing.
A cursory read of the topic and list makes us believe we are instant experts.

In science:

We now make a cursory analysis of the algorithmic complexity of the vintage ZQ Shor algorithm.
Quantum Hidden Subgroup Problems: A Mathematical Perspective
Here we give a cursory sketch of the gauge action.
New lattice action for heavy quarks
We will now take a cursory view of the method it is proposed to substitute in the place of the one just mentioned.
An Essay on the Application of mathematical Analysis to the theories of Electricity and Magnetism
We have been extremely cursory in this section.
A Simple Introduction to Particle Physics Part II
If one may attribute—without 2. A cursory glance at J. L.
J. L. Doob (27 February 1910--7 June 2004)