- 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.
- 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.
- 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 of courseMiddle English cours and amp; French course, both ; from Old French cours ; from Classical Latin cursus, past participle of currere, to run: see current
transitive verbcoursed, coursing
- to run or chase after; pursue
- to cause (esp. hunting hounds) to chase
- to run through or over; traverse
in due course
in the course of
- as is or was to be expected; naturally
- certainly; without doubt
on (or off) course
- a. Development in a particular way; progress: the course of events.b. Movement in time; duration: in the course of a year.
- a. The direction of continuing movement: The boat took a northern course.b. The route or path taken by something that moves, such as a stream or vehicle.
- Sports a. A designated route or area on which a race is held: the course of a marathon.b. See golf course.
- A mode of action or behavior: followed the best course and invested her money.
- A typical, natural, or customary manner of proceeding or developing: 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.
verbcoursed coursed, cours·ing, cours·es
- 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 in a certain direction or along a course: “Big tears now coursed down her face” (Iris Murdoch).
- To hunt game with hounds.
Origin of courseMiddle English, from Old French cours, from Latin cursus, from past participle of currere, to run; see kers- in Indo-European roots.
- A sequence of events.
- The normal course of events seems to be just one damned thing after another.
- A normal or customary sequence.
- A programme, a chosen manner of proceeding.
- Any ordered process or sequence or steps.
- A learning program, as in a school.
- I need to take a French course.
- (especially in medicine) A treatment plan.
- A stage of a meal.
- We offer seafood as the first course.
- The succession of one to another in office or duty; order; turn.
- A path that something or someone moves along.
- His illness ran its course.
- The itinerary of a race.
- The cross-country course passes the canal.
- A racecourse.
- The path taken by a flow of water; a watercourse.
- (sports) The trajectory of a ball, frisbee etc.
- (golf) A golf course.
- (nautical) The direction of movement of a vessel at any given moment.
- The ship changed its course 15 degrees towards south.
- (navigation) The intended passage of voyage, such as a boat, ship, airplane, spaceship, etc.
- A course was plotted to traverse the ocean.
- (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.
- A row or file of objects.
- (masonry) A row of bricks or blocks.
- On a building that size, two crews could only lay two courses in a day.
- (roofing) A row of material that forms the roofing, waterproofing or flashing system.
- (textiles) In weft knitting, a single row of loops connecting the loops of the preceding and following rows.
- (masonry) A row of bricks or blocks.
- (music) A string on a lute.
- (music) A pair of strings played together in some musical instruments, like the vihuela.
(third-person singular simple present courses, present participle coursing, simple past and past participle coursed)
- To run or flow (especially of liquids and more particularly blood).
- The oil coursed through the engine.
- Blood pumped around the human body courses throughout all its veins and arteries.
- To run through or over.
- To pursue by tracking or estimating the course taken by one's prey; to follow or chase after.
- To cause to chase after or pursue game.
- to course greyhounds after deer
- (colloquial) Alternative form of of course.