• 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
Then the young man looses the rope, and, having done so, casts a cursory glance at the boat to which it is attached.
"Rossmoyne" by Unknown
He gave a cursory look at it, bowed, and returned it to me.
"Romantic Spain" by John Augustus O'Shea
In the excitement no one seemed to give him more than a cursory glance.
"Astounding Stories, June, 1931" by Various
Even a cursory glance at the institutional history of Christianity is instructive.
"The Next Step in Religion" by Roy Wood Sellars
Perhaps the disappointment of my cursory reconnoiter showed itself in my expression.
"The Portal of Dreams" by Charles Neville Buck
No others need apply for even cursory notice, much less respect.
"The Book of Susan" by Lee Wilson Dodd
However, even a cursory examination of a modern treatise on geometry makes clear what has taken place.
"Creative Intelligence" by John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
He too gave me a very cursory greeting, stretched himself out as usual in my arm chair, and began to smoke a short-pipe.
"Barbarossa and Other Tales" by Paul Heyse
Loud based his data on interviews with numerous informants together with a rather cursory visual inspection of the region.
"The Aboriginal Population of the North Coast of California" by Sherburne Friend Cook
A cursory glance at it will appear to the youth of the present generation like a peep into a strange and fearful world.
"Pictures of German Life in the XVIIIth and XIXth Centuries, Vol. I." by Gustav Freytag

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)
This is not only apparent from the star formation rates and/or a cursory examination of the resulting gas morphologies - which are determined mostly through feedback processes - but also borne out by the quantitative aspects of the SF behavior as revealed by the emergent K-S and B-R relations in our models.
Molecular gas, CO, and star formation in galaxies: emergent empirical relations, feedback, and the evolution of very gas-rich systems
Despite the attempt for scientific rigor, important sources may have been missed during the cursory analysis of the initial sample, and the identification of the themes and their categorization is subjective.
Collective Intelligence in Humans: A Literature Review
Publication counts indicate significant and rapidly growing use of Bayesian met hods in both astronomy and physics.3 Cursory examination of the publications reveals that Bayesian methods are being developed across a wide range of astronomical subdisciplines.
Bayesian astrostatistics: a backward look to the future
If the introduction of some notation is found too cursory, the reader is referred to TB95 for more details.
A method for extracting maximum resolution power spectra from microwave sky maps
We shall be very cursory in the description of this model as it was originally motivated and discussed in Ref. .
Testing a Model with extra Vector Fermions at the LEP2 Collider
As this article is dedicated to the use of SBF as a distance indicator, we here provide only a cursory treatment of stellar population issues.
Distances from Surface Brightness Fluctuations
Clearly the low-energy particles interact more weakly than would be expected given a cursory inspection of the scalar potential, eq. (2), since at tree level the low-energy scattering rate is suppressed by at least eight powers of the small energy ratio r = E /mR .
An Ode to Effective Lagrangians
We are now in a position to study many of the important dualities of M-theory, at least at a cursory level.
M Theory and Cosmology
However, a cursory investigation of forecasts shows that they show a larger variance in winter, corresponding to the larger variance of temperatures at that time.
Weather forecasts, Weather derivatives, Black-Scholes, Feynmann-Kac and Fokker-Planck
In particular, the results obtained using the Navarro et al. (1997) density profile are shown in table 7, and it is evident from a cursory inspection that the results do not differ much from those shown in table 3.
Monte Carlo simulations of the halo white dwarf population