Meaning of COURSE in English


I. ˈkȯrs noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French curs, course, from Latin cursus, from currere to run — more at car

Date: 14th century

1. : the act or action of moving in a path from point to point

2. : the path over which something moves or extends: as

a. : racecourse


(1) : the direction of travel of a vehicle (as a ship or airplane) usually measured as a clockwise angle from north ; also : the projected path of travel

(2) : a point of the compass

c. : watercourse

d. : golf course


a. : accustomed procedure or normal action

the law taking its course

b. : a chosen manner of conducting oneself : way of acting

our wisest course is to retreat


(1) : progression through a development or period or a series of acts or events

(2) : life history , career

4. : an ordered process or succession: as

a. : a number of lectures or other matter dealing with a subject ; also : a series of such courses constituting a curriculum

a premed course

b. : a series of doses or medications administered over a designated period


a. : a part of a meal served at one time

the main course

b. : layer ; especially : a continuous level range of brick or masonry throughout a wall

c. : the lowest sail on a square-rigged mast

- in due course

- of course

II. verb

( coursed ; cours·ing )

Date: 15th century

transitive verb

1. : to follow close upon : pursue


a. : to hunt or pursue (game) with hounds

b. : to cause (dogs) to run (as after game)

3. : to run or move swiftly through or over : traverse

jets coursed the area daily

intransitive verb

: to run or pass rapidly along or as if along an indicated path

blood coursing through the veins

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.