course

n. & v.
—n.
1 a continuous onward movement or progression.
2 a a line along which a person or thing moves; a direction taken (has changed course; the course of the winding river). b a correct or intended direction or line of movement. c the direction taken by a ship or aircraft.
3 a the ground on which a race (or other sport involving extensive linear movement) takes place. b a series of fences, hurdles, or other obstacles to be crossed in a race etc.
4 a a series of lectures, lessons, etc., in a particular subject. b a book for such a course (A Modern French Course).
5 any of the successive parts of a meal.
6 Med. a sequence of medical treatment etc. (prescribed a course of antibiotics).
7 a line of conduct (disappointed by the course he took).
8 Archit. a continuous horizontal layer of brick, stone, etc., in a building.
9 a channel in which water flows.
10 the pursuit of game (esp. hares) with hounds, esp. greyhounds, by sight rather than scent.
11 Naut. a sail on a square-rigged ship (fore course; main course).
—v.
1 intr. (esp. of liquid) run, esp. fast (blood coursed through his veins).
2 tr. (also absol.) a use (hounds) to hunt. b pursue (hares etc.) in hunting.
Phrases and idioms:
the course of nature ordinary events or procedure. in course of in the process of. in the course of during. in the course of time as time goes by; eventually. a matter of course the natural or expected thing. of course naturally; as is or was to be expected; admittedly. on (or off) course following (or deviating from) the desired direction or goal. run (or take) its course (esp. of an illness) complete its natural development.
Derivatives:
courser n. (in sense 2 of v.).
Etymology: ME f. OF cours f. L cursus f. currere curs- run

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • course — [ kurs ] n. f. • 1553; corse 1213; forme fém. de cours, d apr. it. corsa I ♦ 1 ♦ Action de courir; mode de locomotion dans lequel les phases d appui unilatéral sont séparées par un intervalle. ⇒ courir. Une course rapide. ⇒ galopade. Au pas de… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • course — [kɔːs ǁ kɔːrs] noun [countable] especially BrE a series of classes or studies in a particular subject: • a one year journalism course correˈspondence ˌcourse a course in which the student works at home and sends completed work to their teacher by …   Financial and business terms

  • course — COURSE. s. f. Action, mouvement de celui qui court. Course légère. Longue course. Course pénible. Il est léger à la course, vite à la course. Prendre les lièvres, les chevreuils à la course. Les courses des Jeux Olympiques, etc. La course des… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • course — Course. s. f. v. Action, mouvement de celuy qui court. Course legere. longue course. course penible. il est leger à la course. viste à la course. prendre les liévres, les chevreuils à la course. les courses des jeux olympiques &c. la course des… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Course — (k[=o]rs), n. [F. cours, course, L. cursus, fr. currere to run. See {Current}.] 1. The act of moving from one point to another; progress; passage. [1913 Webster] And when we had finished our course from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais. Acts xxi. 7.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • course — Course, f. penac. Est tant l acte hastif du Courier, Cursus. comme, Il est venu à grande course de cheval, AEqui cursu agitato aduolauit, que pour l espace et longitude du lieu où il a esté couru, comme, La course est longue et grande, Curriculum …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Course — can refer to: Course (navigation), the path of travel Course (sail), the principal sail on a mast of a sailing vessel Course (education), in the United States, a unit of instruction in one subject, lasting one academic term Course Atlas… …   Wikipedia

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  • course — [kôrs] n. [ME cours & Fr course, both < OFr cours < L cursus, pp. of currere, to run: see CURRENT] 1. an onward movement; going on from one point to the next; progress 2. the progress or duration of time [in the course of a week] 3. a way,… …   English World dictionary

  • course — ► NOUN 1) a direction followed or intended: the aircraft changed course. 2) the way in which something progresses or develops: the course of history. 3) a procedure adopted to deal with a situation. 4) a dish forming one of the successive parts… …   English terms dictionary

  • course — late 13c., onward movement, from O.Fr. cors (12c.) course; run, running; flow of a river, from L. cursus a running race or course, from curs pp. stem of currere to run (see CURRENT (Cf. current)). Most extended senses (meals, etc.) are present in …   Etymology dictionary


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