Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a mode of action
    once a nation is embarked on a course of action it becomes extremely difficult for any retraction to take place
  2. (noun, act) education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings
    flirting is not unknown in college classes
  3. (noun, artifact) facility consisting of a circumscribed area of land or water laid out for a sport
    the course was less than a mile
  4. (noun, artifact) (construction) a layer of masonry
  5. (noun, food) part of a meal served at one time
  6. (noun, group) a body of students who are taught together
  7. (noun, group) a connected series of events or actions or developments
    historians can only point out those lines for which evidence is available
  8. (noun, location) general line of orientation
    the northeastern trend of the coast
  9. (noun, object) a line or route along which something travels or moves
    the track of an animal
    the course of the river
  10. (verb, competition) hunt with hounds
  11. (verb, motion) move along, of liquids
    the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi
  12. (verb, motion) move swiftly through or over
  13. (adv, all) as might be expected

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Course

  1. late 13c., from O.Fr. cours, from L. cursus "a running race or course," from curs- pp. stem of currere "to run" (see current). Most extended senses (meals, etc.) are present in 14c. Academic meaning "planned series of study" is c.1600 (in French from 14c.). The verb is from 16c. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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