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"
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"
general line of orientation
"the river takes a southern course"; "the northeastern trend of the coast"
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"
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"
class, form, grade, course(noun)
a body of students who are taught together
"early morning classes are always sleepy"
part of a meal served at one time
"she prepared a three course meal"
(construction) a layer of masonry
"a course of bricks"
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"
move swiftly through or over
"ships coursing the Atlantic"
run, flow, feed, course(verb)
move along, of liquids
"Water flowed into the cave"; "the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi"
hunt with hounds
"He often courses hares"
naturally, of course, course(adverb)
as might be expected
"naturally, the lawyer sent us a huge bill"
A path, sequence, development, or evolution.
A normal or customary sequence.
A chosen manner of proceeding.
Any ordered process or sequence or steps
A learning program, as in a school.
I need to take a French course to pep up.
A treatment plan
The itinerary of a race.
The cross-country course passes the canal.
A part of a meal.
We offer seafood as the first course.
To run or flow (especially of liquids and more particularly blood).
To pursue by tracking or estimating the course taken by one's prey.
The path taken by a flow of water; a watercourse.
The trajectory of a ball, frisbee etc.
The direction of movement of a vessel at any given moment.
The ship changed its course 15 degrees towards south.
The intended passage of voyage, such as a boat, ship, airplane, spaceship, etc.
A course was plotted to traverse the ocean.
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.
A row of bricks or blocks.
On a building that size, two crews could only lay two courses in a day.
A row of material that forms the roofing, waterproofing or flashing system.
In weft knitting, a single row of loops connecting the loops of the preceding and following rows.
A string on a lute
A golf course.
Origin: From cours, from cursus, from curro.
the act of moving from one point to another; progress; passage
the ground or path traversed; track; way
motion, considered as to its general or resultant direction or to its goal; line progress or advance
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
motion considered with reference to manner; or derly progress; procedure in a certain line of thought or action; as, the course of an argument
customary or established sequence of events; recurrence of events according to natural laws
method of procedure; manner or way of conducting; conduct; behavior
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
the succession of one to another in office or duty; order; turn
that part of a meal served at one time, with its accompaniments
a continuous level range of brick or stones of the same height throughout the face or faces of a building
the lowest sail on any mast of a square-rigged vessel; as, the fore course, main course, etc
to run, hunt, or chase after; to follow hard upon; to pursue
to cause to chase after or pursue game; as, to course greyhounds after deer
to run through or over
to run as in a race, or in hunting; to pursue the sport of coursing; as, the sportsmen coursed over the flats of Lancashire
to move with speed; to race; as, the blood courses through the veins
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
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
The intended direction of movement in the horizontal plane.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'course' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #509
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'course' in Written Corpus Frequency: #601
Rank popularity for the word 'course' in Nouns Frequency: #108
The numerical value of course in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of course in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- دورة, دورات, حلقة دراسيةArabic
- ход, траектория, курс, течение, блюдо, ред, ядене, гоня, преследвам, протичамBulgarian
- itinerari, trajectòria, ruta, rumb, recorregut, curs, plat, cursar, recórrerCatalan, Valencian
- chod, kurz, průběhCzech
- gang, bane, undersejl, skifte, forløb, ret, rute, kurs, kursus, løb, jage, rulleDanish
- Kurs, Lauf, Gang, Bahn, Strecke, fließen, verfolgenGerman
- ruta, curso, plato, trayectoria, rumbo, correr, perseguirSpanish
- rata, kulku, tiilivarvi, lentorata, reitti, varvi, kurssi, ruokalajiFinnish
- parcours, cours, plat, trajectoire, parcourirFrench
- iùlScottish Gaelic
- útirány, irány, kurzus, téglasor, haladás, tanfolyam, folyamat, fogás, röppálya, folyásHungarian
- percorso, rotta, portata, corso, traiettoria, itinerario, fila, braccare, scorrereItalian
- 航路, コース, 課程Japanese
- 과정, 코스, 항로Korean
- CoursLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- parcours, koers, loop, gerecht, gang, baan, cursusDutch
- kursNorwegian Nynorsk
- kurs, retning, skift, rute, løp, rett, baneNorwegian
- trajektoria, kurs, koryto, daniePolish
- percurso, curso, fileira, prato, trajetória, correrPortuguese
- курс, курсы, блюдо, траектория, ходRussian
- течај, jeloSerbo-Croatian
- rätt, kursSwedish
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