pursuit

Definitions

  • Behind him a fierce roar indicated that the lion was in pursuit
    Behind him a fierce roar indicated that the lion was in pursuit
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pursuit the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture "the culprit started to run and the cop took off in pursuit"
    • n pursuit a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly) "sailing is her favorite pastime","his main pastime is gambling","he counts reading among his interests","they criticized the boy for his limited pursuits"
    • n pursuit an auxiliary activity
    • n pursuit a search for an alternative that meets cognitive criteria "the pursuit of love","life is more than the pursuance of fame","a quest for wealth"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Canadians Scott Abbott and Chris Haney invented Trivial Pursuit. They were planning on playing Scrabble and realized that some of the pieces were missing so they came up with the idea of making their own game; Trivial Pursuit
    • Pursuit A following with a view to reach, accomplish, or obtain; endeavor to attain to or gain; as, the pursuit of knowledge; the pursuit of happiness or pleasure.
    • Pursuit Course of business or occupation; continued employment with a view to same end; as, mercantile pursuits; a literary pursuit.
    • Pursuit (Law) Prosecution. "That pursuit for tithes ought, and of ancient time did pertain to the spiritual court."
    • Pursuit The act of following or going after; esp., a following with haste, either for sport or in hostility; chase; prosecution; as, the pursuit of game; the pursuit of an enemy. "Weak we are, and can not shun pursuit ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Golf was banned in England in 1457 because it was considered a distraction from the serious pursuit of archery.
    • n pursuit The act of pursuing, or of following briskly for the purpose of overtaking; a following hastily, either for sport or in hostility; the chase, or a chasing: as, the pursuit of game, or of an enemy.
    • n pursuit The act of following with a view to reach, accomplish, or obtain; the endeavor to attain to or gain: as, the pursuit of happiness.
    • n pursuit The object of one's endeavors or continued exertions or application; that which one systematically engages in or follows as a recreation, occupation, profession, or trade, or with some similar end in view; course of occupation or employment: as, literary pursuits; mercantile pursuits.
    • n pursuit A following up or out; a carrying out; prosecution: as, the pursuit of a design.
    • n pursuit Persecution.
    • n pursuit Pursuit, Pursuance. Pursuit is free in either physical or moral uses: as, the pursuit of a tiger, a profession, an ambition. Pursuance is not now used except in the moral sense, and then generally in the sense of following out: as, pursuance of his original intention; in pursuance of a peculiar theory. We speak of the pursuit of pleasure.
    • n pursuit Calling, Employment, etc. See occupation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pursuit pur-sūt′ the act of pursuing: endeavour to attain: occupation: employment.
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Quotations

  • St. Thomas Aquinas
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    “Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “The pursuit of happiness is the chase of a life time.”
  • William Cowper
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    “The life of ease is a difficult pursuit.”
  • William Cowper
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    “A life of ease is a difficult pursuit.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
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    “The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil.”
  • Laurence Sterne
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    “Men tire themselves in pursuit of rest.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. poursuite, fr. poursuivre,. See Pursue (v. t.)

Usage

In literature:

With this mare under him, he always felt safe from pursuit.
"Stories Of Georgia" by Joel Chandler Harris
They must devise some other method to elude the pursuit.
"The Eyes of the Woods" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The pursuit was not continued far beyond the straits.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
They had not been there long when the Spaniards returned in high glee from their pursuit.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 2 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
We dare not try to by-pass it if we would follow on in this holy pursuit.
"The Pursuit of God" by A. W. Tozer
But Wheeler was on the alert, and by pushing forward at his utmost speed, managed to pass between those in his pursuit.
"An Undivided Union" by Oliver Optic
Orme, dazed and breathing hard, attempted no immediate pursuit.
"The Girl and The Bill" by Bannister Merwin
The Wyandots now pursued in silence, and it would be a pursuit long and tenacious.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
I will organize and lead the pursuit.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
Arthur Sloane rejected his proffered help in the pursuit of the man who had brought murder to the doors of Sloanehurst.
"No Clue" by James Hay
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In poetry:

Would that Love's fond pursuit
Were crownèd never,
Or that his virgin kiss
Lasted for ever!
"Coquette et Froide" by Julia Ward Howe
Lovely, too, divine Apollo
In the speed of his pursuit;
With his eye an azure lustre,
And his voice a summer lute!
"Daphne" by George Meredith
Each from his pursuit departs,
Suffering, dying Man to see;
Surely there are human hearts
That joy in human misery.
"The Culprit" by Nathaniel Bloomfield
Even while your glow is on the cheek,
And scarce the high pursuit begun,
The heart grows faint, the hand grows weak,
The task of life is left undone.
"The Waning Moon" by William Cullen Bryant
And seeking still, with fond pursuit,
The phantom Health, which lures and wiles
Its followers to the shores and isles
Of amber waves, and golden fruit.
"The Meetings Of The Flowers" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
The music mute,
The darkling lamps, the festal tables clear:--
Then,--glad as one who from pursuit
Breathes safe, and lets himself himself appear,--
Turns to the fireside jest, the laughing eyes,
The love without disguise,--
"A Home In The Palace" by Francis Turner Palgrave

In news:

Clint Dempsey's future with Fulham remains in limbo while the club has launched an official complaint to the Premier League over Liverpool's conduct in its pursuit of American attacker.
Over 450 miles in pursuit of flaky biscuits and steaming gravy.
All photos by M. A Gentlemanly Pursuit.
"There is no plan B for passion," Chris Gardner ­­­writes in his new book, Start Where You Are: Life Lessons in the Pursuit of Happyness (Amistad.
The Pursuit of a New International Politics.
The Lion defense in pursuit of an unidentified Hoxie Mustang in junior high football action Thursday night at Manila.
Churchill Downs crossed the finish line a winner Tuesday in its pursuit of September racing, as Kentucky horse racing regulators awarded the track a third meet next year for the first time in its history.
Ryan Holiday explains how the singular pursuit of traffic makes online media suckers for fake news.
Sometimes the pursuit of knowledge takes you to some very strange places.
2013 Dodge Charger Pursuit, in a typical shady alley and without all-wheel drive.
As bad-ass as Dodge's Charger Pursuit police car looks, the rear-drive cop car's, ahem, pursuit skills potentially face limitations in inclement weather—until now.
It was a busy scene at North Beaton and Mall Drive, where a motorcycle crashed out after a pursuit from East State Highway 31, north on I-45, then back into town.
Fans cheer as the British team competes in a track cycling men's 4,000-meter team pursuit qualifying race at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Thursday.
In an industry dominated by big firms, Grove/Atlantic chief Morgan Entrekin is a small-house standard bearer for an earlier age, a writers' hero in pursuit of real literature (and an artful blockbuster or two along the way).
Solitary maker of world-class violins CURRENT PURSUIT: Keeping his violin business going while building a paychotherapy practice.
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In science:

Since in this case the basis is non-orthogonal, in order to approximate the signal by a subset of basis functions we applied the same pursuit strategy as in the previous example.
Cardinal B-spline dictionaries on a compact interval
MATLAB codes for generating the proposed dictionaries and implementing pursuit strategies are available at .
Cardinal B-spline dictionaries on a compact interval
Dalmau. (Smart) Look-Ahead Arc Consistency and the Pursuit of CSP Tractability.
Generalized Majority-Minority Operations are Tractable
The analysis is based on techniques developed in for the recovery of sparse trigonometric polynomials from random samples by basis pursuit (ℓ1 -minimization) and orthogonal matching pursuit.
Learning Trigonometric Polynomials from Random Samples and Exponential Inequalities for Eigenvalues of Random Matrices
Random sampling of sparse trigonometric polynomials II - Orthogonal Matching Pursuit versus Basis Pursuit.
Learning Trigonometric Polynomials from Random Samples and Exponential Inequalities for Eigenvalues of Random Matrices
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