- The definition of course is a class you take in school to study a particular subject.
An example of a course is a business law class.
- Course is defined as a specific path that something follows or the way in which something develops.
- An example of course is the route taken by an airplane.
- An example of course is the way your life progresses.
course definition by Webster's New World
- an onward movement; going on from one point to the next; progress
- the progress or duration of time: in the course of a week
- a way, path, or channel of movement; specif.,
- the course to be followed by participants in a race
- golf course
- the direction taken, esp. that taken or to be taken by a ship or plane, expressed in degrees measured clockwise from north or by points of the compass
- a regular manner of procedure: the law must take its course
- a way of behaving; mode of conduct: our wisest course
- a series of like things in some regular order
- a particular succession of events or actions
- regular or natural order or development: the course of true love
- a part of a meal served at one time: the main course was roast beef
- an encounter of knights contesting in a tournament
- a horizontal row or layer, as of bricks in a wall or shingles on a roof
- a complete series of studies leading to graduation or a degree
- any of the separate units of instruction in a subject, made up of recitations, lectures, etc.
- Naut. a sail on any of the lowest yards of a square-rigged ship
Origin: Middle English cours and amp; French course, both ; from Old French cours ; from Classical Latin cursus, past participle of currere, to run: see current
- to run or chase after; pursue
- to cause (esp. hunting hounds) to chase
- to run through or over; traverse
course definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. Onward movement in a particular direction; progress: the course of events.b. Movement in time; duration: in the course of a year.
- The direction of continuing movement: took a northern course.
- The route or path taken by something, such as a stream, that moves. See Synonyms at way.
- Sports a. A designated area of land or water on which a race is held: the course of a marathon.b. A golf course.
- A mode of action or behavior: followed the best course and invested her money.
- A typical or natural manner of proceeding or developing; customary passage: a fad that ran its course.
- A systematic or orderly succession; a sequence: a course of medical treatments.
- A continuous layer of building material, such as brick or tile, on a wall or roof of a building.
- a. A complete body of prescribed studies constituting a curriculum: a four-year course in engineering.b. A unit of such a curriculum: took an introductory course in chemistry; passed her calculus course.
- A part of a meal served as a unit at one time: The first course was a delicious soup.
- Nautical The lowest sail on a mast of a square-rigged ship.
- A point on the compass, especially the one toward which a vehicle, such as a ship, is moving.
- To move swiftly through or over; traverse: ships coursing the seas.
- a. To hunt (game) with hounds.b. To set (hounds) to chase game.
- To proceed or move swiftly along a specified course: “Big tears now coursed down her face” (Iris Murdoch).
- To hunt game with hounds.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French cours, from Latin cursus, from past participle of currere, to run; see kers- in Indo-European roots.
course - Phrases/Idioms
in due course
in the course of
- as is or was to be expected; naturally
- certainly; without doubt
on (or off) course
in due course
- In the natural or expected order of things; naturally.
- Without any doubt; certainly.