Definitions for: Course

[n] a mode of action; "if you persist in that course you will surely fail"
[n] education imparted in a series of lessons or class meetings; "he took a course in basket weaving"; "flirting is not unknown in college classes"
[n] 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"
[n] (construction) a layer of masonry; "a course of bricks"
[n] part of a meal served at one time; "she prepared a three course meal"
[n] 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"
[n] general line of orientation; "the river takes a southern course"; "the northeastern trend of the coast"
[n] 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"
[adv] as might be expected; "naturally, the lawyer sent us a huge bill"
[v] hunt (game) with hounds; "He often courses hares"
[v] move along, of liquids; "Water flowed into the cave"

Webster (1913) Definition: Course (k?rs), n. [F. cours, course, L. cursus, fr.
currere to run. See Current.]
1. The act of moving from one point to another; progress;

And when we had finished our course from Tyre, we
came to Ptolemais. --Acts xxi. 7.

2. The ground or path traversed; track; way.

The same horse also run the round course at
Newmarket. --Pennant.

3. Motion, considered as to its general or resultant
direction or to its goal; line progress or advance.

A light by which the Argive squadron steers Their
silent course to Ilium's well known shore.

Westward the course of empire takes its way.

4. Progress from point to point without change of direction;
any part of a progress from one place to another, which is
in a straight line, or on one direction; as, a ship in a
long voyage makes many courses; a course measured by a
surveyor between two stations; also, a progress without
interruption or rest; a heat; as, one course of a race.

5. Motion considered with reference to manner; or derly
progress; procedure in a certain line of thought or
action; as, the course of an argument.

The course of true love never did run smooth.

6. Customary or established sequence of events; recurrence of
events according to natural laws.

By course of nature and of law. --Davies.

Day and night, Seedtime and harvest, heat and hoary
frost, Shall hold their course. --Milton.

7. Method of procedure; manner or way of conducting; conduct;

My lord of York commends the plot and the general
course of the action. --Shak.

By perseverance in the course prescribed.

You hold your course without remorse. --Tennyson.

8. A series of motions or acts arranged in order; a
succession of acts or practices connectedly followed; as,
a course of medicine; a course of lectures on chemistry.

9. The succession of one to another in office or duty; order;

He appointed . . . the courses of the priests --2
Chron. viii.

10. That part of a meal served at one time, with its

He [Goldsmith] wore fine clothes, gave dinners of
several courses, paid court to venal beauties.

11. (Arch.) A continuous level range of brick or stones of
the same height throughout the face or faces of a
building. --Gwilt.

12. (Naut.) The lowest sail on any mast of a square-rigged
vessel; as, the fore course, main course, etc.

13. pl. (Physiol.) The menses.

In course, in regular succession.

Of course, by consequence; as a matter of course; in
regular or natural order.

In the course of, at same time or times during. ``In the
course of human events.'' --T. Jefferson.

Syn: Way; road; route; passage; race; series; succession;
manner; method; mode; career; progress.

Course, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Coursed (k?rst)); p. pr.
& vb. n. Coursing.]
1. To run, hunt, or chase after; to follow hard upon; to

We coursed him at the heels. --Shak.

2. To cause to chase after or pursue game; as, to course
greyhounds after deer.

3. To run through or over.

The bounding steed courses the dusty plain. --Pope.

Course, v. i.
1. To run as in a race, or in hunting; to pursue the sport of
coursing; as, the sportsmen coursed over the flats of

2. To move with speed; to race; as, the blood courses through
the veins. --Shak.

Synonyms: class, course of action, course of instruction, course of study, flow, line, naturally, of course, path, row, run, track, trend

Antonyms: unnaturally

See Also: action, adult education, aliment, alimentation, appetiser, appetizer, art class, be due, belt, brim over, childbirth-preparation class, circulate, class period, collision course, collision course, correspondence course, course of lectures, course session, coursework, current, damp course, damp-proof course, dessert, direction, drain, dribble, eddy, education, educational activity, entree, extension course, facility, filter, flow, flow from, flush, golf course, golf links, gush, gutter, hunt, hunt down, inside track, installation, instruction, jet, layer, lecture, lecturing, lesson, line, links, main course, meal, move, nourishment, nutriment, nutrition, ooze, orientation, orientation course, overflow, overrun, path, pedagogy, pour, propaedeutic, propaedeutics, purl, racecourse, racetrack, raceway, recitation, refresher, refresher course, repast, round, row of bricks, run, run down, run off, run out, run over, seep, seminar, series, spill, starter, steps, stream, stream, surge, sustenance, swath, swirl, teaching, tide, track, track down, trail, trickle, victuals, wall, waste, way, way, way of life, well out, well over, whirl, whirlpool, workshop

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