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}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

This sweet intercourse Of looks and smiles. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Same as {sexual intercourse}. [PJC]

{Sexual intercourse}, sexual or carnal connection; coition; copulation, especially between humans.

Syn: Communication; connection; commerce; communion; fellowship; familiarity; acquaintance. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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