• WordNet 3.6
    • adv course as might be expected "naturally, the lawyer sent us a huge bill"
    • v course hunt with hounds "He often courses hares"
    • v course move along, of liquids "Water flowed into the cave","the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi"
    • v course move swiftly through or over "ships coursing the Atlantic"
    • n course 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"
    • n course education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings "he took a course in basket weaving","flirting is not unknown in college classes"
    • n course 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 course (construction) a layer of masonry "a course of bricks"
    • n course part of a meal served at one time "she prepared a three course meal"
    • n course a body of students who are taught together "early morning classes are always sleepy"
    • n course 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 course general line of orientation "the river takes a southern course","the northeastern trend of the coast"
    • n course 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A Canadian Tour company offers a two-day course in igloo building
    • Course (Arch) A continuous level range of brick or stones of the same height throughout the face or faces of a building.
    • Course 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.
    • Course Customary or established sequence of events; recurrence of events according to natural laws. "By course of nature and of law.""Day and night,
      Seedtime and harvest, heat and hoary frost,
      Shall hold their course ."
    • Course Method of procedure; manner or way of conducting; conduct; behavior. "My lord of York commends the plot and the general course of the action.""By perseverance in the course prescribed.""You hold your course without remorse."
    • Course 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."
    • Course 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."
    • Course 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.
    • Course That part of a meal served at one time, with its accompaniments. "He [Goldsmith] wore fine clothes, gave dinners of several courses , paid court to venal beauties."
    • Course The act of moving from one point to another; progress; passage. "And when we had finished our course from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais."
    • Course The ground or path traversed; track; way. "The same horse also run the round course at Newmarket."
    • Course (Naut) The lowest sail on any mast of a square-rigged vessel; as, the fore course, main course, etc.
    • Course (Physiol) The menses.
    • Course The succession of one to another in office or duty; order; turn. "He appointed . . . the courses of the priests"
    • Course To cause to chase after or pursue game; as, to course greyhounds after deer.
    • Course To move with speed; to race; as, the blood courses through the veins.
    • Course To run as in a race, or in hunting; to pursue the sport of coursing; as, the sportsmen coursed over the flats of Lancashire.
    • Course To run through or over. "The bounding steed courses the dusty plain."
    • Course To run, hunt, or chase after; to follow hard upon; to pursue. "We coursed him at the heels."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: On May 25, 1957, two men with the same name scored holes in one on the same golf course. Edward Chapman got a hole in one on the eighth hole at Richmond, Surrey in England. Later that day, Edward Chapman hit one from from the sixth tee.
    • n course A running or moving forward or onward; motion forward; a continuous progression or advance.
    • n course A running in a prescribed direction, or over a prescribed distance; a race; a career.
    • n course The path, direction, or distance prescribed or laid out for a running or race; the ground or distance walked, run, or sailed over, or to be walked, run, or sailed over, in a race: as, there being no competition, he walked over the course.
    • n course Hence The space of distance or time, or the succession of stages, through which anything passes or has to pass in its continued progress from first to last; the period or path of progression from begiuning to end: as, the course of a planet, or of a human life.
    • n course The line or direction of motion; the line in which anything moves: as, the course of a projectile through the air; specifically (nautical), the direction in which a ship is steered in making her way from point to point during a voyage; the point of the compass on which a ship sails. When referred to the true meridian, it is called the true course; when to the position of the magnetic needle by which the ship is steered, it is called the compass course.
    • n course In surveying, a line run with a compass or transit.
    • n course The continual or gradual advance or progress of anything; the series of phases of a process; the whole succession of characters which anything progressive assumes: as, the course of an argument or a debate; the course of a disease.
    • n course In tilting, a charge or career of the contestants in the lists; about or round in a tournament; hence, a round at anything, as in a race; a bout or set-to.
    • n course Order; sequence; rotation; succession of one to another in office, property, dignity, duty, etc.
    • n course Methodical or regulated motion or procedure; customary or probable sequence of events; recurrence of events according to certain laws.
    • n course A round or succession of prescribed acts or procedures intended to bring about a particular result: as, a course of medical treatment; a course of training.
    • n course A series or succession in a specified or systematized order; in schools and colleges, a prescribed order and succession of lectures or studies, or the lectures or studies themselves; curriculum: as, a course of lectures in chemistry, or of study in law.
    • n course A line of procedure; method; way; manner of proceeding; measure: as, it will be necessary to try another course with him.
    • n course A line of conduct or behavior; way of life; personal behavior or conduct: usually in the plural, implying reprehensible conduct.
    • n course That part of a meal which is served at once and separately, with its accompaniments, whether consisting of one dish or of several: as, a course of fish; a course of game; a dinner of four courses.
    • n course A row, round, or layer. Specifically— In building, a continuous range of stones or bricks of the same height throughout the face or faces, or any smaller architectural division of a building.
    • n course In cutlers' work, each stage of grinding or polishing on the cutler's lap or wheel.
    • n course In mining, a lode or vein.
    • n course Each series of teeth or burs along the whole length of a file. The first cutting forms a series of sharp ridges called the first course; the second cutting, across these ridges, forms a series of teeth called the second course.
    • n course In musical instruments, a set of strings tuned in unison. They are so arranged as to be struck one or more at a time, according to the fullness of tone desired.
    • n course Nautical, one of the sails bent to a ship's lower yards: as, the mainsail, called the main course, the foresail or fore course, and the cross-jack or mizzen course. See cut under sail.
    • n course plural The menstrual flux; catamenia.
    • n course In coursing, a single chase; the chase of a hare, as by greyhounds.
    • n course Line of business or business transactions.
    • n course The regular succession of events in the conduct of business.
    • n course The tendency or direction of trade or of the markets.
    • n course Of course.
    • n course Synonyms Way, road, route, passage. Rotation. Series, succession. Procedure, manner, method, mode.
    • course To hunt; pursue; chase.
    • course To cause to run; force to move with speed.
    • course To run through or over: as, the blood courses the winding arteries.
    • course To run; pass over or through a course; run or move about: as, the blood courses.
    • course To engage in the sport of coursing. See coursing.
    • course To dispute in the schools.
    • course An obsolete spelling of coarse.
    • n course An obsolete variant of curse.
    • course To groom.
    • n course In mining: An influx of water from one direction.
    • n course The direction of a lode or vein.
    • n course A passage-way.
    • n course The direction of a mine working.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The slowest trainee on the SEALs obstacle course must wear a pink T-shirt that reads, "Always a Lady".
    • n Course kōrs the act of running: the road or tract on which one runs: the direction pursued: a voyage: a race: regular progress from point to point: habitual method of procedure: a prescribed series, as of lectures, &c.: each of the successive divisions of a meal, as dinner: conduct: a range of bricks or stones on the same level in building: :
    • v.t Course to run, chase, or hunt after
    • v.i Course to move with speed, as in a race or hunt
    • n Course kōrs (naut.) one of the sails bent to a ship's lower yards, as the main-sail, called the main-course, the fore-sail or fore-course, and the cross-jack or mizzen-course
    • n Course kōrs (pl.) the menses
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  • Winston Churchill
    “There is only one duty, only one safe course, and that is to try to be right.”
  • William Wordsworth
    “No motion has she now, no force; she neither hears nor sees; rolled around in earth's diurnal course, with rocks, and stones, and trees.”
  • Robert Southey
    “All deception in the course of life is indeed nothing else but a lie reduced to practice, and falsehood passing from words into things.”
  • Adrian Cadbury
    Adrian Cadbury
    “Shelving hard decisions is the least ethical course.”
  • Anjelica Huston
    Anjelica Huston
    “Of course drugs were fun.”
  • Peter F. Drucker
    “When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course.”


Horses for courses - Horses for courses means that what is suitable for one person or situation might be unsuitable for another.
Par for the course - If something is par for the course, it is what you expected it would be. If it is above par, it is better, and if it is below par, it is worse.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. cours, course, L. cursus, fr. currere, to run. See Current
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. cours—L. cursus, from currĕre, cursum, to run.


In literature:

Of course he had sinned, of course his life had been unworthy.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
Of course I want the truth.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
The servants sleep on the top floor, and of course like logs.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
When the next morning came they were of course still full of the subject.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
Of course, at this early season, the fruit was not ripe upon it; but Lucien knew the fruit well.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
She was, of course, exactly that kind of girl.
"The Dark Tower" by Phyllis Bottome
Of course he can never walk out, or see anything of any place.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
When the wind is foul, she cannot "lie her course;" if free, she "steers her course.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Of course, I'm not angry.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
I shouldn't be surprised if he does let me have a course these holidays.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty

In poetry:

All it invented
Was not so silly
Nor so small
But was of course mistaken
"A Conceited Mistake" by Vasko Popa
Mary had a little frog
And it was water-soaked,
But Mary did not keep it long
Because, of course, it croaked!
"Mary Had A Little Frog" by Ellis Parker Butler
Kind helper of God's poor!
Friend of the friendless one!
Thy memory shall endure
While suns their courses run;
"In Memoriam (II)" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
While still unselfish and serene
Her daily course she drew,
To every generous impulse warm
To every duty true:
"Mrs. Helen Tyler Beach," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
That whole day long the Taylor pup
This way and that did hie
Upon his mad, erratic course,
Intent on getting dry.
"The Ballad Of The Taylor Pup" by Eugene Field
Of course, I don't know very much
About these politics,
But I think that some who run 'em,
Do mighty ugly tricks.
"Aunt Chloe's Politics" by Frances Ellen Watkins

In news:

The most popular course being offered is Introduction to Sheep Management (LWMP 1001) and is offered through the mail or as an online course.
It definitely isn't because the golf course is set up in a way where it's not like any course I've ever seen.
A neighbor to the Plymouth Rock Golf Course on 7B Road woke up early Sunday morning to go fishing and heard yelling coming from the golf course.
Putz covered the 4,000-meter course at Stone Creek Golf Course in 16:17.77.
Following the success of the inspection and maintenance training courses delivered in 2011, Reflex Marine will be hosting a new program of courses this year.
As winter quickly clears in the High Country the Keystone River Course is scheduled to open today with the course's front nine available for play.
Course Reviews of Salish Cliffs and The Home Course.
He's a stay-the-course candidate stuck with a team, a record and an economy ill-suited for a stay-the-course strategy.
Another golfer shot a course record at the UGA Golf Course, marking the third record in four days.
I speak, of course (OF COURSE.
Regular welding inspection courses and NDT courses have been successfully delivered for more than three years.
This course also serves as a PWC certified course for children under the age of 16.
AARP Driver Safety will offer a free classroom course or 50 percent off its online course to all members of the US armed forces, including active duty, veteran, guard or reserve through Nov 30.
The Lady Pirates shot 414 on the Maxwell course and 402 on the Diamondback course.
The inaugural class that kicks in January will feature 12 agriculture courses in urban micro-farming and six courses in entrepreneurship.

In science:

Of course, for a rigorous calculation, one has to consider a specific model of the environment.
Comment on "Hidden assumptions in decoherence theory"
The correlations of course depend heavily on the geometry of the bundle.
Universality and scaling of zeros on symplectic manifolds
Of course a translation-invariant d.r.p.f. in R1 + can be extended in a unique way to the translation-invariant d.r.p.f. in R1 .
Determinantal random point fields
So1] (of course one has to replace sin π(x−y) π(x−y) by K (x− y )).
Determinantal random point fields
Of course, the details of the lower boundary will depend on the particular choice of ψ .
Is Random Close Packing of Spheres Well Defined?