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course

Noun

1 education imparted in a series of lessons or class meetings; "he took a course in basket weaving"; "flirting is not unknown in college classes" [syn: course of study, course of instruction, class]
2 a connected series of events or actions or developments; "the government took a firm course"; "historians can only point out those lines for which evidence is available" [syn: line]
3 facility consisting of a circumscribed area of land or water laid out for a sport; "the course had only nine holes"; "the course was less than a mile"
4 a mode of action; "if you persist in that course you will surely fail"; "once a nation is embarked on a course of action it becomes extremely difficult for any retraction to take place" [syn: course of action]
5 a line or route along which something travels or moves; "the hurricane demolished houses in its path"; "the track of an animal"; "the course of the river" [syn: path, track]
6 general line of orientation; "the river takes a southern course"; "the northeastern trend of the coast" [syn: trend]
7 part of a meal served at one time; "she prepared a three course meal"
8 (construction) a layer of masonry; "a course of bricks" [syn: row] adv : as might be expected; "naturally, the lawyer sent us a huge bill" [syn: naturally, of course] [ant: unnaturally]

Verb

1 move swiftly through or over; "ships coursing the Atlantic"
2 move along, of liquids; "Water flowed into the cave"; "the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi" [syn: run, flow, feed]
3 hunt with hounds; "He often courses hares"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From cours, from cursus, past participle of correre to run.

Pronunciation

  • kôrs, /kɔː(r)s/, /kO:(r)s/
  • Rhymes: -ɔː(r)s

Homophones

Noun

  1. An onward movement, progress.
    The course of events
  2. The itinerary of a race.
    The cross-country course passes the canal.
  3. A period of learning.
    I need to take a French course to pep up.
  4. A part of a meal.
    We offer seafood as the first course.
  5. The trajectory of a ball, frisbee etc.
  6. In the context of "navigation": The direction of movement of a vessel at any given moment.
    The ship changed its course 15 degrees towards south.
  7. In the context of "navigation": The intended passage of voyage, such as a boat, ship, airplane, spaceship, etc.
    A course was plotted to traverse the ocean.
  8. The lowest square sail in a fully rigged mast, often named according to the mast.
    Main course and mainsail are the same thing in a sailing ship.
  9. In the context of "masonry": A row of bricks or blocks.
    On a building that size, two crews could only lay two courses in a day.
  10. The path taken by a waterway.
  11. A string on a lute
  12. jargon textiles In weft knitting, a single row of loops connecting the loops of the preceding and following rows.

Translations

onward movement
itinerary of a race
period of learning
part of a meal
trajectory of a ball etc.
direction of movement of a vessel
intended passage for ship
lowest square sail in a fully rigged mast
row of bricks
path taken by a waterway

Verb

  1. To run or flow (especially of liquids and more particularly blood).
    The oil coursed through the engine.
  2. To pursue by tracking or estimating the course taken by one's prey.

Translations

Flow
Pursue

French

Etymology

Feminine of cours.

Pronunciation

Noun

fr-noun f

Extensive Definition

The word course can mean:
  • Course (navigation), the direction of travel
  • Course (sail), the principal sail on a mast of a sailing vessel
  • Course (education), in the United States, a unit of instruction in one subject, lasting one academic term
  • Course of study, in the British Commonwealth, a programme of education leading to a degree or diploma
  • Course of employment, a legal consideration of all circumstances which may occur in the performance of a person's job
  • Course (medicine), a regime of medical drugs, or the speed of evolution of a disease
  • Course (music), a pair of adjacent strings tuned to unison or an octave, in a stringed instrument
  • Course (dining), a single dish in a series of subsequently served dishes, constituting, for example, a three-course menu.
    • Main course, the primary dish in a meal consisting of several courses
  • Course (architecture), a continuous horizontal layer of similarly-sized building material, in a wall
    • String course, a continuous narrow horizontal course or moulding which projects slightly from the surface of a wall
Course may also refer to:
  • Golf course, an area of land designated for the play of golf
  • Obstacle course, a series of challenging physical obstacles an individual or team must navigate for sport

See also

course in German: Kurs
course in French: Course
course in Dutch: Koers
course in Simple English: Course

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