1 [kawr-ser, kohr-]
a person or thing that courses.
a dog for coursing.

1585–95; course + -er1 Unabridged


2 [kawr-ser, kohr-]
noun Literary.
a swift horse.

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French coursier < Vulgar Latin *cursārius, equivalent to Latin curs(us) course + -ārius -ary; see -er2


3 [kawr-ser, kohr-]
any of several swift-footed, ploverlike birds of the genera Cursorius and Pluvianus, chiefly of the desert regions of Asia and Africa.

1760–70; irregular < Neo-Latin cursōrius fitted for running, equivalent to Latin cur(rere) to run + -sōrius, for -tōrius -tory1; cf. course Unabridged
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courser1 (ˈkɔːsə)
1.  a person who courses hounds or dogs, esp greyhounds
2.  a hound or dog trained for coursing

courser2 (ˈkɔːsə)
literary a swift horse; steed
[C13: from Old French coursier, from courscourse]

courser3 (ˈkɔːsə)
a terrestrial plover-like shore bird, such as Cursorius cursor (cream-coloured courser), of the subfamily Cursoriinae of desert and semidesert regions of the Old World: family Glareolidae, order Charadriiformes
[C18: from Latin cursōrius suited for running, from cursuscourse]

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Word Origin & History

large, powerful horse," c.1300, from O.Fr. corsier, from V.L. *cursarius, from L. cursus (see course).
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any of 9 or 10 species of Old World shorebirds belonging to the family Glareolidae (order Charadriiformes), which also includes the pratincoles. Most live in semideserts, where they chase insects afoot; they can, however, fly strongly with their short wings. The best-known species is the cream-coloured courser (Cursorius cursor) of Africa, a pale-brown bird with white underparts, bold eye stripes, and black wing tips. The Indian courser (C. coromandelicus) is brown with a strong face pattern. The bronze-winged courser (Rhinoptilus chalcopterus), largest of several species in sub-Saharan Africa, frequents woodlands and is chiefly nocturnal. It is about 30 cm (12 inches) long.

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In addition, a roller can be used to specify the scale of the grid, making it finer or courser as needed for the application.
One option is to aggregate areas and to use a much courser zone system for tabulating flows.
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