- 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 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|DAILY BEAST
In fact, he taught the most intensive artillery course in the South and very likely the equal of courses at West Point.
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)|Sally Kohn|June 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Courses include “A Taste of Italy,” “French Cuisine,” and “Treats to Beat the Heat.”
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|Clive Irving|March 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The dinner went on through its courses, and by degrees the red wine flew from the glasses to the faces.Dorothy and other Italian Stories|Constance Fenimore Woolson
We each followed our courses, and did not meet again for some hours, when the captain came down to see how I was getting on.Cruisings in the Cascades|George O. Shields
Only one college of the 38 which we had under investigation offered no credit for courses in Bible or correlated subjects.
She included chemistry and other sciences in her courses, and in addition to embroidery she had her girls taught bookkeeping.My Own Story|Emmeline Pankhurst
The other courses are also going on for those who are able to pay high fees, and attend during the day.
- 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