Hypertext Webster Gateway: "intercourse"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Intercourse \In"ter*course\, n. [Formerly entercourse, OF.
entrecours commerce, exchange, F. entrecours a reciprocal
right on neighboring lands, L. intercursus a running between,
fr. intercurrere to run between. See {Inter-}, and {Course}.]
A commingling; intimate connection or dealings between
persons or nations, as in common affairs and civilities, in
correspondence or trade; communication; commerce; especially,
interchange of thought and feeling; association; communion.

This sweet intercourse Of looks and smiles. --Milton.

{Sexual intercourse}, sexual or carnal connection; coition.

Syn: Communication; connection; commerce; communion;
fellowship; familiarity; acquaintance.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: communication between individuals [syn: {social intercourse}]
2: the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman; the
man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and
excited until orgasm and ejaculation occur [syn: {sexual
intercourse}, {sex act}, {copulation}, {coitus}, {coition},
{sexual congress}, {congress}, {sexual relation}, {relation},
{carnal knowledge}]

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