Definition of course
(Entry 1 of 2)
1 : the act or action of moving in a path from point to point the planets in their courses
2 : the path over which something moves or extends: such as
a : racecourse
b(1) : the direction of travel of a vehicle (such as a ship or airplane) usually measured as a clockwise angle from north also : the projected path of travel
(2) : a point of the compass
c : watercourse
d : golf course
3a : accustomed procedure or normal action the law taking its course
b : a chosen manner of conducting oneself : way of acting Our wisest course is to retreat.
4 : an ordered process or succession: such as
a : a number of lectures or other matter dealing with a subject took a course in zoology also : a series of such courses constituting a curriculum a premed course
b : a series of doses or medications administered over a designated period
5a : a part of a meal served at one time the main course
b : layer especially : a continuous level range of brick or masonry throughout a wall
c : the lowest sail on a square-rigged mast
in due courseof course
: after a normal passage of time : in the expected or allotted time His discoveries led in due course to new forms of treatment.
1 : following the ordinary way or procedure will be done as a matter of course
2 : as might be expected Of course we will go.
Definition of course (Entry 2 of 2)
1 : to follow close upon : pursue
2a : to hunt or pursue (game) with hounds
b : to cause (dogs) to run (as after game)
3 : to run or move swiftly through or over : traverse Jets coursed the area daily.
: to run or pass rapidly along or as if along an indicated path blood coursing through the veins
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