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cursory

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj cursory hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough "a casual (or cursory) inspection failed to reveal the house's structural flaws","a passing glance","perfunctory courtesy"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cursory Characterized by haste; hastily or superficially performed; slight; superficial; careless. "Events far too important to be treated in a cursory manner."
    • Cursory Running about; not stationary.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cursory Running about; not stationary.
    • cursory In entomology, adapted for running, as the feet of many terrestrial beetles; cursorial.
    • cursory Hasty; slight; superficial; careless; not exercising or receiving close attention: as, a cursory reader; a cursory view.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Cursory kur′sor-i hasty: superficial: careless
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Quotations

  • Henry Miller
    Henry%20Miller
    “We do not talk -- we bludgeon one another with facts and theories gleaned from cursory readings of newspapers, magazines and digests.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. cursorius, fr. cursor,. See Cursor
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. currĕre, cursum, to run.

Usage

In literature:

The cursory examination we were afforded measures the disadvantage of an itinerary.
"Travels in the Far East" by Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
It took us four days to obtain even a cursory view of Liverpool and Birkenhead.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
He gave them a cursory glance, and then his chair turned to pins.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Psychic inquiry demands a great deal more than cursory study.
"The Mystery of a Turkish Bath" by E.M. Gollan (AKA Rita)
His glance was of a cursory description.
"Sea-Dogs All!" by Tom Bevan
Only a cursory examination was necessary to determine that they were quick firers.
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
It is not possible in a chapter, a book or a five-foot shelf to limn all that is even of cursory interest.
"Royal Palaces and Parks of France" by Milburg Francisco Mansfield
Another instance in connexion with what I term the "cursory glance" may throw light upon this curious ability.
"Lola" by Henny Kindermann
He left the village after the cursory look and plunged again into the unbroken wilderness.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
She noted his cursory glance.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
But I've told you what a mere, cursory glance shows.
"Ravensdene Court" by J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
The book was at first written in a most cursory manner the chapters got up without any order or reference to each other, and afterward arranged.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
Villa's cursory description had not prepared Calvin Full for the reality of the huge beings.
"The Enormous Room" by Horace Leonard Gold
It must be no cursory glance given to get rid of an unwelcome duty.
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook
That cursory investigation ought to have sufficed; but I wanted to know how deep in the earth the Pig-tail had taken root.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
A cursory inspection showed me that he had been murdered with a pick-axe.
"The Three Eyes" by Maurice Leblanc
This brings us, after a view necessarily imperfect and cursory, very nearly to the War of the Rebellion.
"The Outlook: Uncle Sam's Place and Prospects in International Politics" by Newton Macmillan
He was able to make a cursory examination of this door while the light lasted.
"The House of Strange Secrets" by A. Eric Bayly
After a cursory examination of his wounds, I conceived a more hopeful opinion of them.
"The Bandolero" by Mayne Reid
This cursory review, in a single chapter, cannot adequately treat this great subject, for a whole library is needed to cover the field.
"The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century." by Edward W. Byrn
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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 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.
A cursory online search finds judgments rendered by Manitoba courts in cases involving conflict of interest in the rural municipalities of Glenwood, Clanwilliam, Cornwallis and Whitehead in the past decade.
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.
"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.
A cursory glance at its title and attractive cast gives the impression that Blue Valentine might be a great date movie.
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 LetsRun.com turned up nothing.
A cursory read of the topic and list makes us believe we are instant experts.
' One Day ' feels cursory and rushed.
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In science:

As we can observe by cursory comparison there is a total coincidence of eq.(16) with eq.(44).
Physical model of Schrodinger's electron. Heisenberg convenient way for description of its quantum behaviour
We now make a cursory analysis of the algorithmic complexity of the vintage ZQ Shor algorithm.
Quantum Hidden Subgroup Problems: A Mathematical Perspective
By the word “cursory” we mean that our ob jective is to find an asymptotic bound which is by no means the tightest possible.
Quantum Hidden Subgroup Problems: A Mathematical Perspective
While each issue warrants survey in isolation, we only make some cursory remarks here.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
This connection will be spelled out in formal detail in Section 4; here we give only the most cursory preview of multi-level terms, their types, and the connection.
Multi-Level Languages are Generalized Arrows
Perry (1998); Pastor et al. (2003); etc), while endeavouring to be comprehensive, have offered only superficial and cursory inspections of the models presented.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models
These different examples of microstates also permit us to give a cursory introduction to the statistical mechanical definition of entropy.
A First Exposure to Statistical Mechanics for Life Scientists
However, many topics are dealt with in a cursory manner so outside reading would have to be prescribed. A graduate seminar could be set up for the Wiener and Feynman chapters.
Review of "Garden of integrals"
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
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