from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Onward movement in a particular direction; progress: the course of events.
  • n. Movement in time; duration: in the course of a year.
  • n. The direction of continuing movement: took a northern course.
  • n. The route or path taken by something, such as a stream, that moves. See Synonyms at way.
  • n. Sports A designated area of land or water on which a race is held: the course of a marathon.
  • n. Sports A golf course.
  • n. A mode of action or behavior: followed the best course and invested her money.
  • n. A typical or natural manner of proceeding or developing; customary passage: a fad that ran its course.
  • n. A systematic or orderly succession; a sequence: a course of medical treatments.
  • n. A continuous layer of building material, such as brick or tile, on a wall or roof of a building.
  • n. A complete body of prescribed studies constituting a curriculum: a four-year course in engineering.
  • n. A unit of such a curriculum: took an introductory course in chemistry; passed her calculus course.
  • n. A part of a meal served as a unit at one time: The first course was a delicious soup.
  • n. Nautical The lowest sail on a mast of a square-rigged ship.
  • n. A point on the compass, especially the one toward which a vehicle, such as a ship, is moving.
  • transitive v. To move swiftly through or over; traverse: ships coursing the seas.
  • transitive v. To hunt (game) with hounds.
  • transitive v. To set (hounds) to chase game.
  • intransitive v. To proceed or move swiftly along a specified course: "Big tears now coursed down her face” ( Iris Murdoch).
  • intransitive v. To hunt game with hounds.
  • idiom in due course At the proper or right time.
  • idiom of course In the natural or expected order of things; naturally.
  • idiom of course Without any doubt; certainly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A path, sequence, development, or evolution.
  • n. A normal or customary sequence.
  • n. A chosen manner of proceeding.
  • n. Any ordered process or sequence or steps
  • n. A learning program, as in a school.
  • n. A treatment plan
  • n. The itinerary of a race.
  • n. A racecourse.
  • n. A part of a meal.
  • n. The path taken by a flow of water; a watercourse.
  • n. Menses.
  • n. The trajectory of a ball, frisbee etc.
  • n. The direction of movement of a vessel at any given moment.
  • n. The intended passage of voyage, such as a boat, ship, airplane, spaceship, etc.
  • n. The lowest square sail in a fully rigged mast, often named according to the mast.
  • n. A row of bricks or blocks.
  • n. A row of material that forms the roofing, waterproofing or flashing system.
  • n. In weft knitting, a single row of loops connecting the loops of the preceding and following rows.
  • n. A string on a lute
  • n. A golf course.
  • v. To run or flow (especially of liquids and more particularly blood).
  • v. To pursue by tracking or estimating the course taken by one's prey.
  • adv. colloquial variant of of course

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of moving from one point to another; progress; passage.
  • n. The ground or path traversed; track; way.
  • n. Motion, considered as to its general or resultant direction or to its goal; line progress or advance.
  • n. 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; ; also, a progress without interruption or rest; a heat.
  • n. Motion considered with reference to manner; or derly progress; procedure in a certain line of thought or action.
  • n. Customary or established sequence of events; recurrence of events according to natural laws.
  • n. Method of procedure; manner or way of conducting; conduct; behavior.
  • n. A series of motions or acts arranged in order; a succession of acts or practices connectedly followed.
  • n. The succession of one to another in office or duty; order; turn.
  • n. That part of a meal served at one time, with its accompaniments.
  • n. A continuous level range of brick or stones of the same height throughout the face or faces of a building.
  • n. The lowest sail on any mast of a square-rigged vessel
  • n. The menses.
  • intransitive v. To run as in a race, or in hunting; to pursue the sport of coursing.
  • intransitive v. To move with speed; to race.
  • transitive v. To run, hunt, or chase after; to follow hard upon; to pursue.
  • transitive v. To cause to chase after or pursue game.
  • transitive v. To run through or over.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To hunt; pursue; chase.
  • To cause to run; force to move with speed.
  • To run through or over: as, the blood courses the winding arteries.
  • To run; pass over or through a course; run or move about: as, the blood courses.
  • To engage in the sport of coursing. See coursing.
  • To dispute in the schools.
  • An obsolete spelling of coarse.
  • To groom.
  • n. A running or moving forward or onward; motion forward; a continuous progression or advance.
  • n. A running in a prescribed direction, or over a prescribed distance; a race; a career.
  • n. The path, direction, or distance prescribed or laid out for a running or race; the ground or distance walked, run, or sailed over, or to be walked, run, or sailed over, in a race: as, there being no competition, he walked over the course.
  • n. Hence The space of distance or time, or the succession of stages, through which anything passes or has to pass in its continued progress from first to last; the period or path of progression from begiuning to end: as, the course of a planet, or of a human life.
  • n. The line or direction of motion; the line in which anything moves: as, the course of a projectile through the air; specifically (nautical), the direction in which a ship is steered in making her way from point to point during a voyage; the point of the compass on which a ship sails.
  • n. In surveying, a line run with a compass or transit.
  • n. The continual or gradual advance or progress of anything; the series of phases of a process; the whole succession of characters which anything progressive assumes: as, the course of an argument or a debate; the course of a disease.
  • n. In tilting, a charge or career of the contestants in the lists; about or round in a tournament; hence, a round at anything, as in a race; a bout or set-to.
  • n. Order; sequence; rotation; succession of one to another in office, property, dignity, duty, etc.
  • n. Methodical or regulated motion or procedure; customary or probable sequence of events; recurrence of events according to certain laws.
  • n. A round or succession of prescribed acts or procedures intended to bring about a particular result: as, a course of medical treatment; a course of training.
  • n. A series or succession in a specified or systematized order; in schools and colleges, a prescribed order and succession of lectures or studies, or the lectures or studies themselves; curriculum: as, a course of lectures in chemistry, or of study in law.
  • n. A line of procedure; method; way; manner of proceeding; measure: as, it will be necessary to try another course with him.
  • n. A line of conduct or behavior; way of life; personal behavior or conduct: usually in the plural, implying reprehensible conduct.
  • n. That part of a meal which is served at once and separately, with its accompaniments, whether consisting of one dish or of several: as, a course of fish; a course of game; a dinner of four courses.
  • n. A row, round, or layer. Specifically— In building, a continuous range of stones or bricks of the same height throughout the face or faces, or any smaller architectural division of a building.
  • n. In cutlers' work, each stage of grinding or polishing on the cutler's lap or wheel.
  • n. In mining, a lode or vein.
  • n. Each series of teeth or burs along the whole length of a file. The first cutting forms a series of sharp ridges called the first course; the second cutting, across these ridges, forms a series of teeth called the second course.
  • n. In musical instruments, a set of strings tuned in unison. They are so arranged as to be struck one or more at a time, according to the fullness of tone desired.
  • n. Nautical, one of the sails bent to a ship's lower yards: as, the mainsail, called the main course, the foresail or fore course, and the cross-jack or mizzen course. See cut under sail.
  • n. plural The menstrual flux; catamenia.
  • n. In coursing, a single chase; the chase of a hare, as by greyhounds.
  • n. Line of business or business transactions.
  • n. The regular succession of events in the conduct of business.
  • n. The tendency or direction of trade or of the markets.
  • n. Of course.
  • n. Synonyms Way, road, route, passage. Rotation. Series, succession. Procedure, manner, method, mode.
  • n. An obsolete variant of curse.
  • n. In mining: An influx of water from one direction.
  • n. The direction of a lode or vein.
  • n. A passage-way.
  • n. The direction of a mine working.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. move swiftly through or over
  • n. facility consisting of a circumscribed area of land or water laid out for a sport
  • n. a connected series of events or actions or developments
  • n. a mode of action
  • adv. as might be expected
  • v. hunt with hounds
  • n. a line or route along which something travels or moves
  • n. (construction) a layer of masonry
  • v. move along, of liquids
  • n. a body of students who are taught together
  • n. part of a meal served at one time
  • n. general line of orientation
  • n. education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old French cours, from Latin cursus, from past participle of currere, to run; see kers- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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


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