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[ kawrs ]


  1. a direction or route taken or to be taken.

    Synonyms: passage, track, road, way

  2. the path, route, or channel along which anything moves:

    the course of a stream.

    Synonyms: bearing

  3. advance or progression in a particular direction; forward or onward movement.
  4. the continuous passage or progress through time or a succession of stages:

    in the course of a year;

    in the course of the battle.

  5. the track, ground, water, etc., on which a race is run, sailed, etc.:

    One runner fell halfway around the course.

  6. a particular manner of proceeding:

    a course of action.

    Synonyms: mode, method

  7. a customary manner of procedure; regular or natural order of events:

    the course of a disease.

    Synonyms: career, process

  8. a mode of conduct; behavior.
  9. a systematized or prescribed series:

    a course of lectures;

    a course of medical treatments.

  10. a program of instruction, as in a college or university:

    a course in economics.

  11. a prescribed number of instruction periods or classes in a particular field of study.
  12. a part of a meal served at one time:

    The main course was roast chicken with mashed potatoes and peas.

  13. Navigation.
    1. the line along the earth's surface upon or over which a ship, an aircraft, etc., proceeds: described by its bearing with relation to true or magnetic north.
    2. a point of the compass.
  14. Nautical. the lowermost sail on a fully square-rigged mast: designated by a special name, as foresail or mainsail, or by the designation of the mast itself, as fore course or main course.
  15. Building Trades. a continuous and usually horizontal row of bricks, shingles, etc., as in a wall or roof.

    Synonyms: layer, row

  16. one of the pairs of strings on an instrument of the lute family, tuned in unison or in octaves to increase the volume.
  17. the row of stitches going across from side to side in knitting and other needlework ( wale ).
  18. Often courses. Older Use. the periodic flow of blood and mucosal tissue from the uterus; a menstrual period.
  19. a charge by knights in a tournament.
  20. a pursuit of game with dogs by sight rather than by scent.
  21. a race.

verb (used with object)

, coursed, cours·ing.
  1. to run through or over.
  2. to chase; pursue.
  3. to hunt (game) with dogs by sight rather than by scent.
  4. to cause (dogs) to pursue game by sight rather than by scent.
  5. Masonry. to lay (bricks, stones, etc.) in continuous rows.

verb (used without object)

, coursed, cours·ing.
  1. to follow a direction, route, or path; direct one's path.
  2. to run, race, or move swiftly:

    The blood of ancient emperors courses through his veins.

  3. to take part in a hunt with hounds, a tilting match, etc.


/ kɔːs /


  1. a continuous progression from one point to the next in time or space; onward movement

    the course of his life

  2. a route or direction followed

    they kept on a southerly course

    1. the path or channel along which something moves

      the course of a river

    2. ( in combination )

      a watercourse

  3. an area or stretch of land or water on which a sport is played or a race is run

    a golf course

  4. a period of time; duration

    in the course of the next hour

  5. the usual order of and time required for a sequence of events; regular procedure

    the illness ran its course

  6. a mode of conduct or action

    if you follow that course, you will certainly fail

  7. a connected series of events, actions, etc
    1. a prescribed number of lessons, lectures, etc, in an educational curriculum
    2. the material covered in such a curriculum
  8. a prescribed regimen to be followed for a specific period of time

    a course of treatment

  9. a part of a meal served at one time

    the fish course

  10. a continuous, usually horizontal, layer of building material, such as a row of bricks, tiles, etc
  11. nautical any of the sails on the lowest yards of a square-rigged ship
  12. knitting the horizontal rows of stitches Compare wale 1
  13. (in medieval Europe) a charge by knights in a tournament
    1. a hunt by hounds relying on sight rather than scent
    2. a match in which two greyhounds compete in chasing a hare
  14. the part or function assigned to an individual bell in a set of changes
  15. archaic.
    a running race
  16. as a matter of course
    as a natural or normal consequence, mode of action, or event
  17. the course of nature
    the ordinary course of events
  18. in course of
    in the process of

    the ship was in course of construction

  19. in due course
    at some future time, esp the natural or appropriate time
  20. of course
    1. adverb as expected; naturally
    2. sentence substitute certainly; definitely
  21. run its course or take its course
    (of something) to complete its development or action
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012


  1. intr to run, race, or flow, esp swiftly and without interruption
  2. to cause (hounds) to hunt by sight rather than scent or (of hounds) to hunt (a quarry) thus
  3. tr to run through or over; traverse
  4. intr to take a direction; proceed on a course
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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  • un·der·course verb undercoursed undercoursing noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of course1

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English co(u)rs (noun), from Anglo-French co(u)rs(e), Old French cours, from Latin cursus “race, path, orbit,” noun use of past participle of currere “to run”; current ( def )
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Word History and Origins

Origin of course1

C13: from Old French cours, from Latin cursus a running, from currere to run
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Idioms and Phrases

  1. in due course, in the proper or natural order of events; eventually:

    They will get their comeuppance in due course.

    1. certainly; definitely:

      Of course I'll come to the party.

    2. (used to convey that something is expected, unsurprising, or previously known):

      The language of the Romans was, of course, Latin.

More idioms and phrases containing course

In addition to the idiom beginning with course , also see crash course ; in due course ; matter of course ; of course ; par for the course ; run its course ; stay the course .
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Example Sentences

And, that can hamper a site owner’s ability to fully identify patterns of problems across the entire site, export more URLs by category, and then of course, address all of those problems in a timely manner.

A relatively tiny spend for someone like Bezos could alter the course of how we address climate change and what we focus on globally.

If you enter any keywords into Google Trends, you get to see how interest in that topic has increased or decreased over the course of time.

Home wins over Nebraska would not do much to help Maryland’s tournament résumé, but over the course of just a few days, the Terps could significantly improve their 4-9 Big Ten record.

Over the course of 2020, the paid search team drove a 137 percent year-over-year increase in CTR through keyword audits, URL audits, ongoing performance optimizations, and flexible allocation of budget to the most efficient keywords.

Its biggest asset, of course, is the steely Atwell, who never asks you to feel sorry for Carter despite all the sexism around her.

The U.S. military has said it is too early to make any conclusions, other than the war is on course.

“Competition is there, of course, but I think there is enough business for everyone as long as the demand is there,” he says.

All of these far future speculations, of course, depend on a series of “ifs.”

And of course, Rod, being Rod, goes for it a hundred percent; his mouth drops open and he says, ‘What?’

And she would be wearing some of the jewels with the white dress—just a few, not many, of course.

Of course, considerations of weight have to be taken into account, but the more mould round the roots the better.

Of course the expression of this value is modified and characterized by the nature of the thing spoken of.

What course was taken to supply that assembly when any noble family became extinct?

Of course it is only the hardiest Ferns which can be expected to grow well in the town garden.


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