Hypertext Webster Gateway: "course"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Course \Course\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Coursed} (k?rst)); p. pr.
& vb. n. {Coursing}.]
1. To run, hunt, or chase after; to follow hard upon; to

We coursed him at the heels. --Shak.

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

3. To run through or over.

The bounding steed courses the dusty plain. --Pope.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Course \Course\ (k?rs), n. [F. cours, course, L. cursus, fr.
currere to run. See {Current}.]
1. The act of moving from one point to another; progress;

And when we had finished our course from Tyre, we
came to Ptolemais. --Acts xxi. 7.

2. The ground or path traversed; track; way.

The same horse also run the round course at
Newmarket. --Pennant.

3. Motion, considered as to its general or resultant
direction or to its goal; line progress or advance.

A light by which the Argive squadron steers Their
silent course to Ilium's well known shore.

Westward the course of empire takes its way.

4. 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. Motion considered with reference to manner; or derly
progress; procedure in a certain line of thought or
action; as, the course of an argument.

The course of true love never did run smooth.

6. Customary or established sequence of events; recurrence of
events according to natural laws.

By course of nature and of law. --Davies.

Day and night, Seedtime and harvest, heat and hoary
frost, Shall hold their course. --Milton.

7. Method of procedure; manner or way of conducting; conduct;

My lord of York commends the plot and the general
course of the action. --Shak.

By perseverance in the course prescribed.

You hold your course without remorse. --Tennyson.

8. 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. The succession of one to another in office or duty; order;

He appointed . . . the courses of the priests --2
Chron. viii.

10. That part of a meal served at one time, with its

He [Goldsmith] wore fine clothes, gave dinners of
several courses, paid court to venal beauties.

11. (Arch.) A continuous level range of brick or stones of
the same height throughout the face or faces of a
building. --Gwilt.

12. (Naut.) The lowest sail on any mast of a square-rigged
vessel; as, the fore course, main course, etc.

13. pl. (Physiol.) The menses.

{In course}, in regular succession.

{Of course}, by consequence; as a matter of course; in
regular or natural order.

{In the course of}, at same time or times during. ``In the
course of human events.'' --T. Jefferson.

Syn: Way; road; route; passage; race; series; succession;
manner; method; mode; career; progress.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Course \Course\, v. i.
1. To run as in a race, or in hunting; to pursue the sport of
coursing; as, the sportsmen coursed over the flats of

2. To move with speed; to race; as, the blood courses through
the veins. --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: education imparted in a series of lessons or class meetings;
"he took a course in basket weaving"; "flirting is not
unknown in college classes" [syn: {course of study}, {course
of instruction}, {class}]
2: 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"
[syn: {line}]
3: 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"
4: a mode of action; "if you persist in that course you will
surely fail" [syn: {course of action}]
5: 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" [syn: {path}, {track}]
6: general line of orientation: "the river takes a southern
course"; "the northeastern trend of the coast" [syn: {trend}]
7: part of a meal served at one time; "she prepared a three
course meal"
8: a layer of masonry; "a course of bricks" [syn: {row}]
adv : as might be expected; "naturally, the lawyer sent us a huge
bill" [syn: {naturally}, {of course}] [ant: {unnaturally}]
v 1: move along, of liquids; "Water flowed into the cave" [syn: {run},
2: hunt (game) with hounds; "He often courses hares"

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