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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 the way in which something progresses or develops:the course of history a procedure adopted to deal with a situation. an area of land set aside and prepared for racing, golf, or another sport. 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 3a series of lectures or lessons in a particular subject, typically leading to a qualification:a business studies course Medicine a series of repeated treatments or doses of medication:the doctor prescribed a course of antibiotics 4 Architecture a continuous horizontal layer of brick, stone, or other material in a building. 5a pursuit of game (especially hares) with greyhounds by sight rather than scent. 6the lowest sail on a square-rigged mast. 7a set of adjacent strings on a guitar, lute, etc., tuned to the same note.
1 [no object] (of liquid) move without obstruction; flow:tears were coursing down her cheeks figurativeexultation coursed through him 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
1undergoing the specified process:a new text book was in the course of preparation 2during the specified period:he was a friend to many people in the course of his life during and as a part of the specified activity:they became friends in the course of their long walks
Do not confuse course
. See coarse.