- the line along the earth's surface upon or over which a vessel, an aircraft, etc., proceeds: described by its bearing with relation to true or magnetic north.
- a point of the compass.
verb (used with object), coursed, cours·ing.
verb (used without object), coursed, cours·ing.
- certainly; definitely: Of course I'll come to the party.
- in the usual or natural order of things: Extra services are charged for, of course.
Origin of course
Synonyms for course
Related Words for coursedevelopment, series, system, program, plan, way, policy, line, procedure, direction, track, route, trail, circuit, road, progress, term, time, conference, session
Examples from the Web for course
Contemporary Examples of course
Its biggest asset, of course, is the steely Atwell, who never asks you to feel sorry for Carter despite all the sexism around her.Marvel’s ‘Agent Carter’ Stomps on the Patriarchy
January 7, 2015
The U.S. military has said it is too early to make any conclusions, other than the war is on course.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War
Nancy A. Youssef
January 7, 2015
“Competition is there, of course, but I think there is enough business for everyone as long as the demand is there,” he says.Ghost Ships of the Mediterranean
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 6, 2015
All of these far future speculations, of course, depend on a series of “ifs.”Men Will Someday Have Kids Without Women
January 3, 2015
And of course, Rod, being Rod, goes for it a hundred percent; his mouth drops open and he says, ‘What?’The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
Historical Examples of course
The prize was bestowed on him who ran the course without extinguishing his torch.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
In the course of this process he fell into adventures, some of them, perhaps, unedifying.
But of course it will be only fair to sis to lay the matter before her just as it is.
Of course this isn't all mine; it includes ma's and Psyche's.
Why, of course not, Uncle Peter; only I had to look around some at first,—for a year or so.
- the path or channel along which something movesthe course of a river
- (in combination)a watercourse
- a prescribed number of lessons, lectures, etc, in an educational curriculum
- the material covered in such a curriculum
- a hunt by hounds relying on sight rather than scent
- a match in which two greyhounds compete in chasing a hare
- (adverb)as expected; naturally
- (sentence substitute)certainly; definitely
Word Origin for course
late 13c., "onward movement," from Old French cors (12c.) "course; run, running; flow of a river," from Latin cursus "a running race or course," from curs- past participle stem of currere "to run" (see current (adj.)).
Most extended senses (meals, etc.) are present in 14c. Academic meaning "planned series of study" is c.1600 (in French from 14c.). Phrase of course is attested from 1540s; literally "of the ordinary course;" earlier in same sense was bi cours (c.1300).
16c., from course (n.). Related: Coursed; coursing.
In addition to the idiom beginning with course
- course of true love never ran smoothly, the
- crash course
- in due course
- matter of course
- of course
- par for the course
- run its course
- stay the course