- 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 coursesdevelopment, series, system, program, plan, way, policy, line, procedure, direction, track, route, trail, circuit, road, progress, term, time, conference, session
Examples from the Web for courses
Contemporary Examples of courses
I was also teaching my courses at UC-Berkeley much of that time, though I had time off in the summers and through a sabbatical.How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America
David Yaffe, Scott Saul
December 10, 2014
In fact, he taught the most intensive artillery course in the South and very likely the equal of courses at West Point.Stonewall Jackson, VMI’s Most Embattled Professor
S. C. Gwynne
November 29, 2014
Gayness passes across my lips and courses through my veins like a 20-year-old scotch.Rick Perry’s Stupid Comment on Booze and Sex(uality)
June 12, 2014
Courses include “A Taste of Italy,” “French Cuisine,” and “Treats to Beat the Heat.”The Wildest Summer Camps for Kids
April 28, 2014
The courses flown on the long haul routes were not the most direct, A to B.The Exemplary Plane at the Heart of the MH370 Mystery
March 27, 2014
Historical Examples of courses
We can turn rivers in their courses, level mountains to the plains.
But the sun already is low in the west, and there will scarce be light for these courses.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
It is said he delivered seventy courses of medical lectures.Cleveland Past and Present
And what was it but want that drove them to both of these courses?Freeland
He felt a little gloomy while the courses went on, and wished he had an evening paper.A Woman Intervenes
- 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