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, classnoun

    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, linenoun

    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, trendnoun

    general line of orientation

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

  4. course, course of actionnoun

    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, coursenoun

    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, coursenoun

    a body of students who are taught together

    "early morning classes are always sleepy"

  7. coursenoun

    part of a meal served at one time

    "she prepared a three course meal"

  8. course, rownoun

    (construction) a layer of masonry

    "a course of bricks"

  9. courseverb

    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. courseverb

    move swiftly through or over

    "ships coursing the Atlantic"

  11. run, flow, feed, courseverb

    move along, of liquids

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

  12. courseadverb

    hunt with hounds

    "He often courses hares"

  13. naturally, of course, courseadverb

    as might be expected

    "naturally, the lawyer sent us a huge bill"


  1. coursenoun

    A path, sequence, development, or evolution.

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  2. coursenoun

    A normal or customary sequence.

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  3. coursenoun

    A chosen manner of proceeding.

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  4. coursenoun

    Any ordered process or sequence or steps

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  5. coursenoun

    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. coursenoun

    A treatment plan

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  7. coursenoun

    The itinerary of a race.

    The cross-country course passes the canal.

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  8. coursenoun

    A racecourse.

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  9. coursenoun

    A part of a meal.

    We offer seafood as the first course.

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  10. courseverb

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

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  11. courseverb

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

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  12. coursenoun

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

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  13. coursenoun

    The trajectory of a ball, frisbee etc.

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  14. coursenoun

    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. coursenoun

    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. coursenoun

    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. coursenoun

    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. coursenoun

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

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  19. coursenoun

    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. coursenoun

    A string on a lute

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

  21. coursenoun

    A golf course.

    Etymology: From cours, from cursus, from curro.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Coursenoun

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

  2. Coursenoun

    the ground or path traversed; track; way

  3. Coursenoun

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

  4. Coursenoun

    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. Coursenoun

    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. Coursenoun

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

  7. Coursenoun

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

  8. Coursenoun

    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. Coursenoun

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

  10. Coursenoun

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

  11. Coursenoun

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

  12. Coursenoun

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

  13. Coursenoun

    the menses

  14. Courseverb

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

  15. Courseverb

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

  16. Courseverb

    to run through or over

  17. Courseverb

    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. Courseverb

    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. William Seward Burroughs:

    The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself. Of course he wants care and shelter. You don't buy love for nothing. Like all pure creatures, cats are practical.

  2. Theodore Roosevelt, Paris, Sorbonne 1910:

    It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy course; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.

  3. Jason Glynn:

    NYK has co-operated fully with the ACCC during the course of this investigation. NYK will not make any further comment while this matter is before the courts.

  4. Emeasoba George:

    You will hardly discover or realize your true self, until you've seen yourself under pressure i.e. challenges. Yes of course, you will only discover the real stuff that you are made of, the moment you are pressurized (challenged). In other words, whoever that has never been under pressure (challenges) of life has not yet discovered his or her real self. I mean, pressures of life are naturally designed for us to prove and showcase our strenghts or weaknesses to others. So, whenever you are under pressure or rather challenged in anything in life. Do remember, that your strenght or weakness is being tested indirectly.

  5. Klarna CEO Sebastian Siemiatkowski:

    And while of course our ambitions are much higher than half a percentage, it is definitely an interesting reflection of how extremely big the market is.

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