- 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.
- course of true love never ran smoothly, the,
- course protractor,
- course work,
- 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
Examples from the Web for coursed
The blood that coursed in his veins contained, like wheat, something of eternal youth.Autumn Glory|Ren Bazin
Dalgard summoned up his last rags of energy and coursed after him.Star Born|Andre Norton
But in the veins of Jean Marcel coursed the blood of old coureurs-de-bois.The Whelps of the Wolf|George Marsh
The while coursed Wolfhart / thither and back again, Through Gunther's men before him / hewing wide a lane.The Nibelungenlied|Unknown
These were the thoughts that coursed through my mind as I pondered over her last remark.Piccadilly|Laurence Oliphant
- 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