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course

noun \ ˈkȯrs \
Updated on: 11 Nov 2017

Definition of course

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
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
3 a :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.
c (1) :progression through a development or period or a series of acts or events
  • the course of history
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
5 a :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 course
:after a normal passage of time :in the expected or allotted time
  • His discoveries led in due course to new forms of treatment.
of course
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.

Examples of course in a Sentence

  1. the course of a river

  2. The pilot brought the plane back on course.

  3. The ship was blown off course by a storm.

  4. She's taking a chemistry course this semester.

  5. Students earn the degree after a two-year course of study.

  6. There is no cure, but the treatment will slow the course of the disease.

Recent Examples of course from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of course

Middle English, from Anglo-French curs, course, from Latin cursus, from currere to run — more at car


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course

verb

Definition of course

coursed; coursing
transitive verb
1 :to follow close upon :pursue
2 a :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.
intransitive verb
:to run or pass rapidly along or as if along an indicated path
  • blood coursing through the veins

Examples of course in a Sentence

  1. the blood coursing through my veins

  2. Tears were coursing down his cheeks.

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Origin and Etymology of course

course Synonyms

Synonyms
bird-dog, chase, follow, dog, hound, pursue, run, shadow, tag, tail, trace, track, trail
Antonyms
guide, lead, pilot
Related Words
accompany, chaperone (or chaperon), escort; hunt, search (for), seek; eye, observe, watch
Near Antonyms
head

COURSE Defined for English Language Learners

course

noun

Definition of course for English Language Learners

  • : the path or direction that something or someone moves along

  • : a path or route that runners, skiers, bikers, etc., move along especially in a race

  • : a series of classes about a particular subject in a school


course

verb

Definition of course for English Language Learners

  • : to move or flow quickly


COURSE Defined for Kids

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course

noun \ ˈkȯrs \

Definition of course for Students

1 :motion from one point to another :progress in space or time
  • The earth makes its course around the sun in 365 days.
  • During the course of a year he meets dozens of people.
2 :the path over which something moves
  • The ship was blown off course.
3 :a natural channel for water
  • A trail follows the river's course.
4 :a way of doing something
  • Choose a course of action.
5 :the ordinary way something happens over time
  • the course of business
6 :a series of acts or proceedings arranged in regular order
  • a course of therapies
7 :a series of classes in a subject
  • a geography course
8 :a part of a meal served separately
  • We ate a three course dinner.
of course
:as might be expected
  • You know, of course, that I like you.

Word Root of course

The Latin word currere, meaning “to run,” and its form cursus give us the roots curr and curs. Words from the Latin currere have something to do with running. A current is the direction in which a river runs or flows. When two people concur, their ideas or opinions run together in agreement. A course is the path over which something moves or runs.


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course

verb

Definition of course for Students

coursed; coursing
1 :to run through or over
2 :to move rapidly :race

Medical Dictionary

course

noun \ ˈkō(ə)rs, ˈkȯ(ə)rs \

medical Definition of course

1 :the series of events or stages comprising a natural process
  • the course of a disease
2 :a series of doses or medications administered over a designated period
  • a course of three doses daily for five days


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