• WordNet 3.6
    • adj coarse lacking refinement or cultivation or taste "he had coarse manners but a first-rate mind","behavior that branded him as common","an untutored and uncouth human being","an uncouth soldier--a real tough guy","appealing to the vulgar taste for violence","the vulgar display of the newly rich"
    • adj coarse of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles "coarse meal","coarse sand","a coarse weave"
    • adj coarse of low or inferior quality or value "of what coarse metal ye are molded"- Shakespeare","produced...the common cloths used by the poorer population"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Coarse Large in bulk, or composed of large parts or particles; of inferior quality or appearance; not fine in material or close in texture; gross; thick; rough; -- opposed to fine; as, coarse sand; coarse thread; coarse cloth; coarse bread.
    • Coarse Not refined; rough; rude; unpolished; gross; indelicate; as, coarse manners; coarse language. "I feel
      Of what coarse metal ye are molded."
      "To copy, in my coarse English, his beautiful expressions."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • coarse Of inferior or faulty quality; poor in kind or character; not pure or choice; not soft or dainty; rude; common; base.
    • coarse Wanting in fineness of texture or delicacy of structure, or in elegance of form; composed of large parts or particles; thick and rough in texture: as, coarse thread or yarn; coarse hair; coarse sand; coarse cloth; coarse paper.
    • coarse Exhibiting or characterized by lack of refinement; rude; vulgar; of manners or speech, unpolished, uncivil, or ill-bred: as, a coarse face; coarse manners.
    • coarse Gross; indelicate; offensive: as, coarse language; a coarse gesture.
    • coarse Rough; inclement; unpleasant: said of the weather: as, it's a coarse day.
    • coarse In pathology, rough; hoarse: said of the respiratory note or of râles heard in auscultation of the chest.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Coarse kōrs rough: rude: uncivil: vulgar: harsh: gross
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  • Lord Byron
    “America is a model of force and freedom and moderation -- with all the coarseness and rudeness of its people.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “I have found it to be the most serious objection to coarse labors long continued, that they compelled me to eat and drink coarsely also.”
  • Cyril Connolly
    “Idleness is only a coarse name for my infinite capacity for living in the present.”
  • Confucius
    “With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bent arm for a pillow -- I have still joy in the midst of all these things.”
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
    “Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.”
  • Thomas De Quincey
    Thomas De Quincey
    “Tea, though ridiculed by those who are naturally coarse in their nervous sensibilities will always be the favorite beverage of the intellectual.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
As this word was anciently written course, or cours, it may be an abbreviation of of course, in the common manner of proceeding, common, and hence, homely, made for common domestic use, plain, rude, rough, gross, e. g., “Though the threads be course,.” Gascoigne. See Course
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From phrase 'in course,' hence ordinary.


In literature:

Coarse and fine net are all darned in the same way.
"Encyclopedia of Needlework" by Thérèse de Dillmont
The coarseness of the tooth is indicated by the number of "points" to the inch.
"Handwork in Wood" by William Noyes
Graham flour is coarsely granulated wheat meal.
"Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value" by Harry Snyder
The one prudence in life is concentration; the one evil is dissipation; and it makes no difference whether our dissipations are coarse or fine.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
In the basket weave, both warp and filling are run double or treble, giving a coarse texture.
"Textiles and Clothing" by Kate Heintz Watson
The application of coarse, undigested, strawy manure, tends to the production of forked and misshapen roots, and should be avoided.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
A man lay, face downwards, in the coarse and scanty grass.
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston
Yet she had a suave, flattering manner and a coarse wit that captured the crowd.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
It is coarse and lumpy, and somewhat shapeless, with animal qualities strongly marked in it.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Our mattresses was wheat straw put in ticks made out of coarse cloth what was wove on de loom right dar on de plantation.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration

In poetry:

All that I ever did
For you seemed coarse
Compared with what I hid
Nor put in force.
"No One So Much As You" by Edward Thomas
Not coarsely eager for his food,
He seem'd his love to court,
And oft delighted, as he stood.
To yield his children sport.
"The Elephant" by William Hayley
Ah, Lord, Who hast created all,
How hast Thou made Thee weak and small,
To lie upon the coarse dry grass,
The food of humble ox and ass.
"From Heaven Above to Earth I Come" by Martin Luther
BOB POLTER was a navvy, and
His hands were coarse, and dirty too,
His homely face was rough and tanned,
His time of life was thirty-two.
"Bob Polter" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Then in the dreary winter nights
He sits him down 'neath my roof tree,
And in a coarse, ungently voice
He tells those stories back to me.
"The Bore" by C J Dennis
I love not yon gay, painted flower,
Of bold and coarsely blended dye,
But one, whose nicely varied power
May long detain the curious eye.
"To Mrs. T. Fancourt" by Matilda Betham

In news:

Cup coarsely chopped dry-roasted unsalted peanuts.
Drain again and pat dry, then peel and coarsely chop .
6 medium cucumbers, peeled 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt 2 tablespoons freshly squeeze.
No hatchet job, 'The Conquest ' biopic about Nicolas Sarkozy still doesn't shy from showing the French president's coarseness and temper.
3/4 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt.
Coarse sea salt and cracked pepper.
8 cinnamon graham crackers, coarsely chopped.
Hawaiian salt (or coarse kosher salt).
Next coarsely chop tomatoes and cucumbers into bite size pieces.
One 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, coarsely chopped.
1 pound cucumbers , peels on, thinly sliced crosswise 1 tablespoon coarse salt 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill 2 teaspoons vinegar.
3/4 pound cucumbers (1 European or 4 Persian), peeled and seeded if using regular cucumbers , coarsely chopped.
It's a very graphic and coarse word that many believe shouldn't be a part of civilized discourse, but it's often hard to avoid.
Politicians trying to "connect" with the public are apparently following in the tracks of comedians, the entertainment industry and R-rated singers by lacing their rhetoric with an old-fashioned dose of coarseness.
4 cloves garlic, peeled, coarsely chopped.

In science:

While the coarse structures are identical, finer structures appear in the eigenfunction with the higher resolution. (c) Magnification of the region of large amplitude in figure 2b.
Frobenius-Perron Resonances for Maps with a Mixed Phase Space
That is, f coarsely respects several foliations arising from the partially hyperbolic dynamics of the flow Ψ, starting with the weak stable, weak unstable, and center-leaf foliations.
Problems on the geometry of finitely generated solvable groups
Using time rigidity and an inductive argument it is shown that these flags are coarsely respected by f as well.
Problems on the geometry of finitely generated solvable groups
However, the methods of microscopic derivation of such coarse-grained descriptions (e.g. starting with a Hamiltonian), remain essentially limited to traditional kinetic theory and linear response scheme .
Generalized Entropy approach to far-from-equilibrium statistical mechanics
The coarse grid has size M = 9, the subvolume has size Ms = 3, and the refinement factor is r = 4.
Multiscale Gaussian Random Fields for Cosmological Simulations