- course [kôrs]n.[ME cours & Fr course, both < OFr cours < L cursus, pp. of currere, to run: see CURRENT]1. an onward movement; going on from one point to the next; progress2. the progress or duration of time [in the course of a week]3. a way, path, or channel of movement; specif.,a) the course to be followed by participants in a raceb) GOLF COURSE4. the direction taken, esp. that taken or to be taken by a ship or plane, expressed in degrees measured clockwise from north or by points of the compass5.a) a regular manner of procedure [the law must take its course]b) a way of behaving; mode of conduct [our wisest course]6.a) a series of like things in some regular orderb) a particular succession of events or actions7. regular or natural order or development [the course of true love]8. a part of a meal served at one time [the main course was roast beef]9. an encounter of knights contesting in a tournament10. a horizontal row or layer, as of bricks in a wall or shingles on a roof11. Educ.a) a complete series of studies leading to graduation or a degreeb) any of the separate units of instruction in a subject, made up of recitations, lectures, etc.12. Naut. a sail on any of the lowest yards of a square-rigged shipvt.coursed, coursing1. to run or chase after; pursue2. to cause (esp. hunting hounds) to chase3. to run through or over; traversevi.to move swiftly; run or race——————in due coursein the usual or proper sequence (of events)——————in the course ofin the progress or process of; during——————of course1. as is or was to be expected; naturally2. certainly; without doubt——————on course or off coursemoving (or not moving) in the intended direction
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.