What does course mean?

Definitions for course
kɔrs, koʊrscourse

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word course.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. course, course of study, course of instruction, class(noun)

    education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings

    "he took a course in basket weaving"; "flirting is not unknown in college classes"

  2. course, line(noun)

    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"

  3. course, trend(noun)

    general line of orientation

    "the river takes a southern course"; "the northeastern trend of the coast"

  4. course, course of action(noun)

    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"

  5. path, track, course(noun)

    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"

  6. class, form, grade, course(noun)

    a body of students who are taught together

    "early morning classes are always sleepy"

  7. course(noun)

    part of a meal served at one time

    "she prepared a three course meal"

  8. course, row(noun)

    (construction) a layer of masonry

    "a course of bricks"

  9. course(verb)

    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"

  10. course(verb)

    move swiftly through or over

    "ships coursing the Atlantic"

  11. run, flow, feed, course(verb)

    move along, of liquids

    "Water flowed into the cave"; "the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi"

  12. course(adverb)

    hunt with hounds

    "He often courses hares"

  13. naturally, of course, course(adverb)

    as might be expected

    "naturally, the lawyer sent us a huge bill"


  1. course(Noun)

    A path, sequence, development, or evolution.

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  2. course(Noun)

    A normal or customary sequence.

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  3. course(Noun)

    A chosen manner of proceeding.

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  4. course(Noun)

    Any ordered process or sequence or steps

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  5. course(Noun)

    A learning program, as in a school.

    I need to take a French course to pep up.

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  6. course(Noun)

    A treatment plan

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  7. course(Noun)

    The itinerary of a race.

    The cross-country course passes the canal.

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  8. course(Noun)

    A racecourse.

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  9. course(Noun)

    A part of a meal.

    We offer seafood as the first course.

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  10. course(Verb)

    To run or flow (especially of liquids and more particularly blood).

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  11. course(Verb)

    To pursue by tracking or estimating the course taken by one's prey.

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  12. course(Noun)

    The path taken by a flow of water; a watercourse.

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  13. course(Noun)

    The trajectory of a ball, frisbee etc.

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  14. course(Noun)

    The direction of movement of a vessel at any given moment.

    The ship changed its course 15 degrees towards south.

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  15. course(Noun)

    The intended passage of voyage, such as a boat, ship, airplane, spaceship, etc.

    A course was plotted to traverse the ocean.

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  16. course(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  17. course(Noun)

    A row of bricks or blocks.

    On a building that size, two crews could only lay two courses in a day.

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  18. course(Noun)

    A row of material that forms the roofing, waterproofing or flashing system.

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  19. course(Noun)

    In weft knitting, a single row of loops connecting the loops of the preceding and following rows.

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  20. course(Noun)

    A string on a lute

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  21. course(Noun)

    A golf course.

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Course(noun)

    the act of moving from one point to another; progress; passage

  2. Course(noun)

    the ground or path traversed; track; way

  3. Course(noun)

    motion, considered as to its general or resultant direction or to its goal; line progress or advance

  4. Course(noun)

    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. Course(noun)

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

  6. Course(noun)

    customary or established sequence of events; recurrence of events according to natural laws

  7. Course(noun)

    method of procedure; manner or way of conducting; conduct; behavior

  8. Course(noun)

    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. Course(noun)

    the succession of one to another in office or duty; order; turn

  10. Course(noun)

    that part of a meal served at one time, with its accompaniments

  11. Course(noun)

    a continuous level range of brick or stones of the same height throughout the face or faces of a building

  12. Course(noun)

    the lowest sail on any mast of a square-rigged vessel; as, the fore course, main course, etc

  13. Course(noun)

    the menses

  14. Course(verb)

    to run, hunt, or chase after; to follow hard upon; to pursue

  15. Course(verb)

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

  16. Course(verb)

    to run through or over

  17. Course(verb)

    to run as in a race, or in hunting; to pursue the sport of coursing; as, the sportsmen coursed over the flats of Lancashire

  18. Course(verb)

    to move with speed; to race; as, the blood courses through the veins


  1. Course

    The word course in the education context varies depending on which country it is used in. In higher education in Canada and the United States, a course is a unit of teaching that typically lasts one academic term, is led by one or more instructors, and has a fixed roster of students. It usually describes an individual subject taken. Students may receive a grade and academic credit after completion of the course. In the United Kingdom, Australia and Singapore, "course" refers to the entire programme of studies required to complete a university degree, and the word "unit" or "module" would be used to refer to an academic course in the North American sense. In between the two, in South Africa, it is common for the word "course" officially to refer to the collection of all courses over a year or semester, though the American usage is common parlance. In the Philippines, the word course can be used to either refer to an individual subject or the entire programme. Courses in American universities are usually on a time restraint. Some courses are three weeks long, one semester long, last an academic year, and on some occasions three semesters long. A course is usually specific to the students' major and is instructed by a professor. For example, if a person is taking an Organic Chemistry course, then the professor would teach the students Organic Chemistry and how it applies to their life and or major. Courses can also be referred to as "electives". An elective is usually not a required course, but there are a certain number of non-specific electives that are required for certain majors. For more information about the correlation between courses and electives, please see the electives page below.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Course

    kōrs, n. 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: (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: (pl.) the menses.—v.t. to run, chase, or hunt after.—v.i. to move with speed, as in a race or hunt.—ns. Cours′er, a runner: a swift horse: one who courses or hunts; Cours′ing, hunting with greyhounds; Cours′ing-joint, a joint between two courses of masonry.—In course, in regular order: (coll.) of course; Of course, by natural consequence, or by settled rule. [Fr. cours—L. cursus, from currĕre, cursum, to run.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. course

    The intended direction of movement in the horizontal plane.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. course

    The direction taken by anything in motion, shown by the point of the compass towards which they run, as water in a river, tides, and currents; but of the wind, as similarly indicated by the compass-point from which it blows. Course is also the ship's way. In common parlance, it is the point of the compass upon which the ship sails, the direction in which she proceeds, or is intended to go. When the wind is foul, she cannot "lie her course;" if free, she "steers her course."

Editors Contribution

  1. course

    A form of education.

    We completed our online course very efficiently.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 3, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'course' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #509

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'course' in Written Corpus Frequency: #601

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'course' in Nouns Frequency: #108

Anagrams for course »

  1. cerous

  2. source

  3. cerous, source

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of course in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of course in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of course in a Sentence

  1. Joseph Yun:

    President Trump regards North Korea, of course, as his signature issue He's not going to admit that the fundamental cause of this problem with North Korea is their nuclear weapons, he's not going to admit that there has been no progress towards getting rid of North Korean weapons. We must remember the electoral cycle is now with us in the United States.

  2. John McCain:

    The truth of that narrative is evidently of secondary importance, as the article exposed how the White House manipulated and, in some cases, manufactured facts to sell the reckless Iran nuclear deal to the American people as a prelude to large-scale disengagement from the Middle East, president Obama has taken great pains to set himself apart from his predecessor. He has succeeded in at least one respect by failing to find the courage to challenge his own assumptions, admit mistakes, and chart a better course.

  3. Star Jones:

    All of the characters are fictional, but inspired by my experiences through the years, all characters have a little bit of me in them. Of course our brilliant ‘Daytime Divas’ writers have added their creative spin to it ….

  4. Jose Mourinho:

    We can make six substitutions instead of three, so that gives me the chance to give minutes to people, it also gives me the chance to play some players I know can't play 90 minutes, as they have no condition to play for 90 minutes. It will be a little bit of everything. Of course, we are going to try to win it.

  5. Laver Cup:

    We needed to make a decision now on our event, we know our passionate fans will be disappointed that they have to wait an extra year for the Laver Cup in Boston, but this is the responsible course of action, necessitated by the emerging calendar conflicts.

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