• Course


    • UK IPA: /kɔːs/
    • US enPR: kōrs, IPA: /koɹs/, /kɔəɹs/
    • Homophones: coarse
    • Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)s
    • Tasmania IPA: /kɜːs/
    • Homophones: curse
    • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)s


    From Old French cours, from Latin cursus ("course of a race"), from currō ("run").

    Full definition of course



    (plural courses)
    1. A sequence of events.
      The normal course of events seems to be just one damned thing after another.
      1. A normal or customary sequence.
        • ShakespeareThe course of true love never did run smooth.
        • MiltonDay and night,
          Seedtime and harvest, heat and hoary frost,
          Shall hold their course.
      2. A programme, a chosen manner of proceeding.
      3. Any ordered process or sequence or steps.
      4. A learning program, as in a school.
        I need to take a French course.
        • 1661, John Fell, The Life of the most learned, reverend and pious Dr. H. HammondDuring the whole time of his abode in the university he generally spent thirteen hours of the day in study; by which assiduity besides an exact dispatch of the whole course of philosophy, he read over in a manner all classic authors that are extant...
        • 2013-07-20, The attack of the MOOCs, Since the launch early last year of  two Silicon Valley start-ups offering free education through MOOCs, massive open online courses, the ivory towers of academia have been shaken to their foundations. University brands built in some cases over centuries have been forced to contemplate the possibility that information technology will rapidly make their existing business model obsolete.
      5. (especially in medicine) A treatment plan.
      6. A stage of a meal.
        We offer seafood as the first course.
      7. The succession of one to another in office or duty; order; turn.
        • Bible, 2 Chron. viii. 14He appointed ... the courses of the priests.
    2. A path that something or someone moves along.
      His illness ran its course.
      1. The itinerary of a race.
        The cross-country course passes the canal.
      2. A racecourse.
      3. The path taken by a flow of water; a watercourse.
      4. (sports) The trajectory of a ball, frisbee etc.
      5. (golf) A golf course.
      6. (nautical) The direction of movement of a vessel at any given moment.
        The ship changed its course 15 degrees towards south.
      7. (navigation) The intended passage of voyage, such as a boat, ship, airplane, spaceship, etc.
        A course was plotted to traverse the ocean.
    3. (nautical) 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.
    4. (in the plural, courses, obsolete, euphemistic) Menses.
    5. A row or file of objects.
      1. (masonry) A row of bricks or blocks.
        On a building that size, two crews could only lay two courses in a day.
      2. (roofing) A row of material that forms the roofing, waterproofing or flashing system.
      3. (textiles) In weft knitting, a single row of loops connecting the loops of the preceding and following rows.
    6. (music) A string on a lute.
    7. (music) A pair of strings played together in some musical instruments, like the vihuela.


    1. To run or flow (especially of liquids and more particularly blood).The oil coursed through the engine.Blood pumped around the human body courses throughout all its veins and arteries.
    2. To run through or over.
      • Alexander PopeThe bounding steed courses the dusty plain.
    3. To pursue by tracking or estimating the course taken by one's prey; to follow or chase after.
      • ShakespeareWe coursed him at the heels.
    4. To cause to chase after or pursue game.to course greyhounds after deer



    1. (colloquial) Alternative form of of course


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