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Meaning of course by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Old French cours, from Latin cursus ( “course of a race” ), from currō ( “run” ) .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /kɔː( ɹ )s/, X-SAMPA: /kO:( r\ )s/
    • ( US ) enPR: kô( r )s, IPA: /kɔː( ɹ )s/, /koʊɹs/, X-SAMPA: /kO:( r )s/, /koUr\s/
    • Homophone: coarse
    • Rhymes: -ɔː( r )s
    • ( Tasmania ) IPA: /kɜːs/
    • Homophone: curse
    • Rhymes: -ɜː( r )s


    course ( plural: courses )

    1. A path, sequence, development, or evolution .
      The normal course of events seems to be just one damned thing after another .
      His illness ran its course .
    2. A normal or customary sequence .
    3. A chosen manner of proceeding .
    4. Any ordered process or sequence or steps
    5. A learning program, as in a school .
      I need to take a French course to pep up .
    6. ( especially in medicine ) A treatment plan
    7. The itinerary of a race .
      The cross-country course passes the canal .
    8. A racecourse .
    9. A part of a meal .
      We offer seafood as the first course .
    10. The path taken by a flow of water; a watercourse .
    11. ( sports ) The trajectory of a ball, frisbee etc .
    12. ( nautical ) The direction of movement of a vessel at any given moment .
      The ship changed its course 15 degrees towards south .
    13. ( navigation ) The intended passage of voyage, such as a boat, ship, airplane, spaceship, etc .
      A course was plotted to traverse the ocean .
    14. ( nautical ) The lowest square sail in a fully rigged mast, often named according to the mast .
      Main course and mainsail are the same thing in a sailing ship .
    15. ( masonry ) A row of bricks or blocks .
      On a building that size, two crews could only lay two courses in a day .
    16. ( roofing ) A row of material that forms the roofing, waterproofing or flashing system .
    17. ( textiles ) In weft knitting, a single row of loops connecting the loops of the preceding and following rows .
    18. ( music ) A string on a lute
    19. ( golf ) A golf course .




    By Wiktionary ( 2010/06/11 01:08 UTC Version )


    'course ( not comparable )

    1. Abbreviation of of course.


Explanation of course by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. hunt with hounds

    2. He often courses hares
    3. move along, of liquids

    4. move swiftly through or over

    5. ships coursing the Atlantic
    1. as might be expected

    1. a mode of action

    2. if you persist in that course you will surely fail
      once a nation is embarked on a course of action it becomes extremely difficult for any retraction to take place
    3. education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings

    4. he took a course in basket weaving
    5. facility consisting of a circumscribed area of land or water laid out for a sport

    6. the course had only nine holes
      the course was less than a mile
    7. a layer of masonry

    8. a course of bricks
    9. part of a meal served at one time

    10. she prepared a three course meal
    11. a body of students who are taught together

    12. a connected series of events or actions or developments

    13. the government took a firm course
    14. general line of orientation

    15. the river takes a southern course
    16. a line or route along which something travels or moves

    17. the course of the river

    Definition of course by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Course ( kōrs ), n. [F. cours, course, L. cursus, fr. currere to run. See Current.]
      1. The act of moving from one point to another; progress; passage.

      And when we had finished our course from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais. Acts xxi. 7.

      2. The ground or path traversed; track; way.

      The same horse also run the round course at Newmarket. Pennant.

      3. Motion, considered as to its general or resultant direction or to its goal; line progress or advance.

      A light by which the Argive squadron steers

      Their silent course to Ilium's well known shore. Dennham.

      Westward the course of empire takes its way. Berkeley.

      4. Progress from point to point without change of direction; any part of a progress from one place to another, which is in a straight line, or on one direction; as, “a ship in a long voyage makes many courses; a course measured by a surveyor between two stations”; also, a progress without interruption or rest; a heat; as, “one course of a race”.

      5. Motion considered with reference to manner; or derly progress; procedure in a certain line of thought or action; as, “the course of an argument”.

      The course of true love never did run smooth. Shak.

      6. Customary or established sequence of events; recurrence of events according to natural laws.

      By course of nature and of law. Davies.

      Day and night,

      Seedtime and harvest, heat and hoary frost,

      Shall hold their course. Milton.

      7. Method of procedure; manner or way of conducting; conduct; behavior.

      My lord of York commends the plot and the general course of the action. Shak.

      By perseverance in the course prescribed. Wodsworth.

      You hold your course without remorse. Tennyson.

      8. A series of motions or acts arranged in order; a succession of acts or practices connectedly followed; as, “a course of medicine; a course of lectures on chemistry”.

      9. The succession of one to another in office or duty; order; turn.

      He appointed . . . the courses of the priests 2 Chron. viii. 14.

      10. That part of a meal served at one time, with its accompaniments.

      He [Goldsmith] wore fine clothes, gave dinners of several courses, paid court to venal beauties. Macaulay.

      11. ( Arch. ) A continuous level range of brick or stones of the same height throughout the face or faces of a building. Gwilt.

      12. ( Naut. ) The lowest sail on any mast of a square-rigged vessel; as, “the fore course, main course, etc.”

      13. pl. ( Physiol. ) The menses.

      In course, in regular succession. -- Of course, by consequence; as a matter of course; in regular or natural order. -- In the course of, at same time or times during. “In the course of human events.” T. Jefferson.

      Syn. -- Way; road; route; passage; race; series; succession; manner; method; mode; career; progress.

    2. Course, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Coursed ( k?rst ) ); p. pr. & vb. n. Coursing.]
      1. To run, hunt, or chase after; to follow hard upon; to pursue.

      We coursed him at the heels. Shak.

      2. To cause to chase after or pursue game; as, “to course greyhounds after deer”.

      3. To run through or over.

      The bounding steed courses the dusty plain. Pope.

    3. Course, v. i.
      1. To run as in a race, or in hunting; to pursue the sport of coursing; as, “the sportsmen coursed over the flats of Lancashire”.

      2. To move with speed; to race; as, “the blood courses through the veins”. Shak.