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midcourse

[mid-kawrs, -kohrs]
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noun
  1. the middle of a course.
  2. Rocketry. the portion of a ballistic trajectory between the end of powered flight and the beginning of the reentry phase.
  3. Aerospace. the portion of a space trajectory between leaving the earth's vicinity and arrival at the desired destination, as another planet.
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Origin of midcourse

First recorded in 1555–65; mid- + course
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Examples from the Web for mid-course

Historical Examples

  • The "Dialogues of the Damned" are an incomplete series, arrested in mid-course at No.

    Sonia Between two Worlds

    Stephen McKenna

  • Our planet, for example, is in the mid-course of its experience.

    Amiel's Journal

    Henri-Frdric Amiel

  • None, no none, could get anywhere near it; even Martin was left many yards behind in mid-course.

  • The interior table-land, especially towards the mid-course of the Zambesi, is intersected by lofty mountain-chains.

    The Desert World

    Arthur Mangin

  • The daughter's hand, which had just resumed the needle, stood still in mid-course with the white thread half-drawn.

    The Grandissimes

    George Washington Cable


Word Origin and History for mid-course

1560s, from mid + course (n.).

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