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course

Syllabification: course
Pronunciation: /kôrs
 
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Definition of course in English:

noun

1 [in singular] The route or direction followed by a ship, aircraft, road, or river: the road adopts a tortuous course along the coast the new fleet changed course to join the other ships
More example sentences
  • One example of this is the Huanhe Road project that is to follow the course of the Xindian River in Taipei County.
  • At its most basic, canyoning is following a river along its course through a gulley.
  • Alternatively, you could hire a bike and follow the course of the River Loir from Vendome to its confluence with the Sarthe.
Synonyms
1.1The way in which something progresses or develops: the course of history
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  • Once respiratory or renal disease develops, the course is usually rapidly progressive.
  • We'll of course be back to you if any developments occur during the course of this program.
  • It has characters that are compelling, sympathetic and which develop over the course of the plot.
Synonyms
progression, development, progress, advance, evolution, flow, movement, sequence, order, succession, rise, march, passage, passing
1.2A procedure adopted to deal with a situation.
Example sentences
  • An osteopath will review the individual's health first before advising on a course of action.
  • We are trying to avoid the word policy, that commits us down a certain course of action.
  • I will not pretend to have the skill necessary to lay out a course of action to solve this problem.
Synonyms
procedure, plan, plan of action, course of action, line of action, MO, modus operandi, practice, approach, technique, way, means, policy, strategy, program
formal praxis
1.3An area of land set aside and prepared for racing, golf, or another sport.
Example sentences
  • One of the benefits of playing golf at new courses are the ideas you pick up.
  • It is a full service shotgun complex with two fully automated sporting clays courses, and golf carts are included.
  • While they want to incorporate some sightseeing into the trip, they have specified a minimum of four rounds of golf at leading courses in the chosen area.
Synonyms
2A dish, or a set of dishes served together, forming one of the successive parts of a meal: guests are offered a choice of main course [in combination]: a four-course meal
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  • The Japanese, like most other Asians, do not usually serve meals in courses but set all the dishes on the table at the start of the meal.
  • Instead of serving dishes in courses, a Thai meal is served all at once, permitting dinners to enjoy complementary combinations of different tastes.
  • On the Sunday evening after the competition was over, a 3 course meal was served.
3A series of lectures or lessons in a particular subject, typically leading to a qualification: a business studies course
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  • This could occur in small groups in teacher education courses or in large class discussions.
  • The center offers research fellowships, courses, lecture series, conferences, and publications.
  • The figures relate to primary and secondary postgraduate teacher training courses for all subjects.
Synonyms
class, course of study, program of study, curriculum, syllabus;
classes, lectures, studies
3.1 Medicine A series of repeated treatments or doses of medication: the doctor prescribed a course of antibiotics
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  • Initial treatment should be medical with a course of antibiotics of at least two weeks duration.
  • First dose reactions occur after the first dose of a course of treatment and not necessarily thereafter.
  • A recurrence followed his initial recovery, and he needed a repeat course of treatment.
Synonyms
program, series, sequence, system, schedule, regimen
4 Architecture A continuous horizontal layer of brick, stone, or other material in a building.
Example sentences
  • A continuous render is taken up the sides and over the top of the core material of a wall, the core material being some three courses of mud bricks about forty centimetres high.
  • The effect of height of a temple till now was mitigated and compromised by the horizontal courses of stone used for construction.
  • One face of the double-sided fireplace features two courses of light buff brick alternating with a single, inset course of red bricks.
5A pursuit of game (especially hares) with greyhounds by sight rather than scent.
6The lowest sail on a square-rigged mast.
Example sentences
  • Next we had to set the course sail, the top sail of the forward mast, then the foresails out over the bowsprit.
7A set of adjacent strings on a guitar, lute, etc., tuned to the same note.
Example sentences
  • The early lute was played with a plectrum and had four double courses of strings; during the 15th century a fifth course was added.
  • The kanoun is a large zither, often with 70 to 100 strings arranged in courses of three.

verb

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1 [no object] (Of liquid) move without obstruction; flow: tears were coursing down her cheeks figurative exultation coursed through him
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  • The warm liquid coursed down her throat, calming the fear she felt.
  • My father may have been in the merchant navy, but that doesn't mean there's salt water coursing through my veins.
  • The start of the main race was delayed after a thunderstorm hit the circuit, causing heavy flooding, with water coursing across the track in several places.
Synonyms
2 [with object] Pursue (game, especially hares) with greyhounds using sight rather than scent: many of the hares coursed escaped unharmed [no object]: she would course for hares with her greyhounds
More example sentences
  • True: but we have all seen photographs of beings in rapid motion - horses racing, greyhounds coursing a hare, men running over a field, and so on.
  • He is too fast to be coursed in sight, and is hunted by scent, which varies with temperature, climate and soil.
  • The farmer thought they were coursing hares and called police.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French cours, from Latin cursus, from curs- 'run', from the verb currere.

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  • cursor from (Middle English):

    Nowadays we call the movable indicator on our computer screen the cursor. In medieval English a cursor was a running messenger: it is a borrowing of the Latin word for ‘a runner’, and comes from currere ‘to run’. From the late 16th century cursor became the term for a sliding part of a slide rule or other instrument, marked with a line for pinpointing the position on a scale that you want, the forerunner of the computing sense. Currere is the source of very many English words including course (Middle English) something you run along; concourse (Late Middle English) originally a crowd who had ‘run together’; current (Middle English) originally meaning ‘running, flowing’; discursive (late 16th century) running away from the point; excursion (late 16th century) running out to see things; intercourse (Late Middle English) originally an exchange running between people; and precursor (Late Middle English) one who goes before; as well as supplying the cur part of concur (Late Middle English); incur (Late Middle English); occur (Late Middle English) (from ob- ‘against’); and recur (Middle English).

Phrases

course of action

1
A procedure adopted to deal with a situation: the wisest course of action is to tackle the problem at its source
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  • The prospect of ministers sharing in the financial pain may help the Tories sell such a course of action.
  • The hospital was waiting for tests to reveal the cause of the illness, allowing doctors to then determine the best course of action.
  • The only course of action is to persuade him to resign or to hold a primary.

the course of nature

2
Events or processes that are normal and to be expected: each man would, in the course of nature, have his private opinions
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  • As a result of this tampering with the course of nature, water has entered several residential colonies, forcing the people to stay indoors, during the last spell of rain, he adds.
  • Are they to rely on the course of nature - an uncontrollable voice and unexpected hair growth to be the only sign of impending adulthood?
  • No causal study could rule out the possibility that its results were not due directly it interfering with the course of nature.

in the course of —

3
1Undergoing the specified process: a new text book was in the course of preparation
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  • The plans for the new station are in course of preparation, but nothing definite has been decided in this connection pending the formation of the new terminal company.
  • When this judgment was in course of preparation counsel drew my attention to three additional cases.
  • It is prohibited to burn vegetation between the 1st of March and the 31st of August growing on any land which is at the time not cultivated or not in course of cultivation for agriculture or forestry.
2During the specified period: he was a friend to many people in the course of his life
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  • A series of political crises in the course of this period mark the decay of the old bourgeois-democratic framework.
  • Only gradually in the course of this period were polities defined in clear terms of territory and explicit geographical sensibility.
  • Two years passed and I hadn't seen the boy more than five times in the course of that period.
2.1During and as a part of the specified activity: they became friends in the course of their long walks
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  • Your Honour is capable, of course, to deal with them in course of argument.
  • The winning team gets $6000 shopping vouchers along with all the items purchased in course of the final challenge.
  • In the law books obviously there are some provisions for punishing police officers for misconduct in course of their duties.

in the course of time

4
As time goes by.
Example sentences
  • The nature of that support is the matter of ongoing discussions and it's too soon to speculate about what it might develop into in the course of time.
  • This is a topic which I will return to in the course of time, when I shall use the evidence presented in this book to discuss one key decision that writers have to make.
  • He said people should encourage musicians to render new keertanas so that they too became popular in the course of time.

in due course

5
see due.

a matter of course

6
see matter.

of course

7
Used to introduce an idea or turn of events as being obvious or to be expected: the point is, of course, that the puzzle itself is misleading
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  • This of course entails the idea that the ruling ideology doesn't take itself seriously.
  • This all seemed a great idea in principle but of course the numbers don't work.
  • Older people cannot, of course, be expected to know what they might care to do with their time.
7.1Used to give or emphasize agreement or permission: “Can I see you for a minute?” “Of course.”
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  • Oh yes, sure I got messages from others, and of course I was ecstatic to hear from them.
  • There is no doubt that we want to do well and of course we will try and win the championship if that is possible.
7.1Introducing a qualification or admission: of course we’ve been in touch by phone, but I wanted to see things for myself
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  • They must have thought we were on a pleasure cruise, and of course in lots of ways we were.
  • That's assuming that blogging and the column both last another year of course.
  • Oh, of course, he had invited me to tea, but been asked out himself, and forgotten all about me.

off course

8
Not following the intended route: the car went careering off course
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  • A knee injury, a doping ban and problems with his former team all combined to knock his career off course.
  • That way when the car goes a little off course, it could just bounce right back in and continue merrily on its way.
  • An arrow that spins less will not cut through the air the same and it will drift further off course.

on course

9
Following the intended route: he battled to keep the ship on course figurative we need to spend money to get the economy back on course
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  • We were on course now, following the postage stamp sign and heading straight for the museum.
  • But the messy bit was quick and we were on course and on track and pasture to a back road, only one car came by.
  • When he rolled the racer back on course the ship flipped over on its back and dove into the ground.

run (or take) its course

10
Complete its natural development without interference: his illness had to run its course
More example sentences
  • We have the right to say ‘enough,’ and let the natural dying process take its course.
  • What about brushing one's teeth, as opposed to letting natural tooth decay take its course?
  • He believed that natural justice was taking its course and judicial fairness, according to common law, would be afforded.

Words that rhyme with course

coarse, corse, divorce, endorse (US indorse), enforce, force, gorse, hoarse, horse, morse, Norse, perforce, reinforce, sauce, source, torse

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