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course    : [k'ɔrs]
Course \Course\ (k[=o]rs), n. [F. cours, course, L. cursus, fr.
currere to run. See {Current}.]
1. The act of moving from one point to another; progress;
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And when we had finished our course from Tyre, we
came to Ptolemais. --Acts xxi. 7.
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2. The ground or path traversed; track; way.
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The same horse also run the round course at
Newmarket. --Pennant.
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3. Motion, considered as to its general or resultant
direction or to its goal; line progress or advance.
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A light by which the Argive squadron steers
Their silent course to Ilium's well known shore.
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Westward the course of empire takes its way.
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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.
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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.
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The course of true love never did run smooth.
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6. Customary or established sequence of events; recurrence of
events according to natural laws.
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By course of nature and of law. --Davies.
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Day and night,
Seedtime and harvest, heat and hoary frost,
Shall hold their course. --Milton.
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7. Method of procedure; manner or way of conducting; conduct;
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My lord of York commends the plot and the general
course of the action. --Shak.
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By perseverance in the course prescribed.
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You hold your course without remorse. --Tennyson.
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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.
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9. The succession of one to another in office or duty; order;
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He appointed . . . the courses of the priests --2
Chron. viii.
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10. That part of a meal served at one time, with its
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He [Goldsmith] wore fine clothes, gave dinners of
several courses, paid court to venal beauties.
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11. (Arch.) A continuous level range of brick or stones of
the same height throughout the face or faces of a
building. --Gwilt.
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12. (Naut.) The lowest sail on any mast of a square-rigged
vessel; as, the fore course, main course, etc.
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13. pl. (Physiol.) The menses.
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{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.
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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
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We coursed him at the heels. --Shak.
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2. To cause to chase after or pursue game; as, to course
greyhounds after deer.
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3. To run through or over.
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The bounding steed courses the dusty plain. --Pope.
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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
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2. To move with speed; to race; as, the blood courses through
the veins. --Shak.
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adv 1: as might be expected; "naturally, the lawyer sent us a
huge bill" [synonym: {naturally}, {of course}, {course}]
[ant: {unnaturally}]
n 1: education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings; "he
took a course in basket weaving"; "flirting is not unknown
in college classes" [synonym: {course}, {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" [synonym:
{course}, {line}]
3: general line of orientation; "the river takes a southern
course"; "the northeastern trend of the coast" [synonym:
{course}, {trend}]
4: 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" [synonym: {course}, {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" [synonym: {path}, {track},
6: a body of students who are taught together; "early morning
classes are always sleepy" [synonym: {class}, {form}, {grade},
7: part of a meal served at one time; "she prepared a three
course meal"
8: (construction) a layer of masonry; "a course of bricks" [synonym:
{course}, {row}]
9: 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"
v 1: move swiftly through or over; "ships coursing the Atlantic"
2: move along, of liquids; "Water flowed into the cave"; "the
Missouri feeds into the Mississippi" [synonym: {run}, {flow},
{feed}, {course}]
3: hunt with hounds; "He often courses hares"

591 Moby Thesaurus words for "course":
Brownian movement, Indian file, MO, Zeitgeist, academic specialty,
act, adit, advance, advancement, advancing, affluence, afflux,
affluxion, agora, aim, air lane, algorithm, ambit, amphitheater,
angular motion, antepast, approach, aqueduct, archery ground, area,
arena, array, arsis, articulation, ascending, ascent, assuredly,
athletic field, attack, auditorium, axial motion, azimuth,
backflowing, background, backing, backward motion, badminton court,
band, bank, baseball field, basketball court, bear garden, bearing,
beat, bed, bedding, belt, bent, billiard parlor, boil, bout, bowl,
bowling alley, bowling green, boxing ring, broil, bull ring, buzz,
by all means, campaign, campus, canal, canvas, career, casserole,
catena, catenation, certainly, chain, chain reaction, chaining,
channel, chase, circle, circuit, circus, class,
classical education, climbing, cockpit, coliseum, colosseum,
commutation, commute, compass direction, concatenation, concourse,
condensation trail, conduct, conduit, confluence, conflux,
connection, consecution, continuum, contrail, core curriculum,
couche, course of action, course of study, court, cover,
cover ground, creed, cricket ground, croquet ground, croquet lawn,
crosscurrent, crossing, cruise, culinary masterpiece,
culinary preparation, current, curriculum, cycle, dart, dash, deck,
definitely, defluxion, descending, descent, design, dessert,
diamond, diastole, direction, direction line, discipline, dish,
dispatch, ditch, do, dog, downbeat, downflow, downpour,
downward motion, drift, driftage, drive, drone, duct, ebb, ebbing,
egress, elective, endless belt, endless round, entrance, entree,
entremets, excursion, execution, exit, expedition, fairway, falcon,
fare, fare forth, fashion, fetch, field, file, filiation, flight,
flight path, flit, flood, floor, flow, flow back, flow in,
flow out, flowing, fluency, flush, flux, follow the hounds,
football field, form, forum, forward motion, forwardal, forwarding,
fowl, fry, furtherance, furthering, gallery, gamut, gang,
general education, general studies, glacial movement, glaciarium,
globe-trotting, go, go along, go hunting, go over, go-ahead, going,
golf course, golf links, gradation, grand tour, gridiron, grill,
ground, guiding principles, guise, gun, gush, gym, gymnasium, hall,
hasten, hawk, heading, headway, helmsmanship, help, helping, hie,
hippodrome, hound, hum, humanities, hunt, hunt down, hurry, hustle,
ice rink, inclination, indubitably, infield, inflow, ingress,
issue, itinerary, jack, jacklight, jaunt, journey, journeying,
junket, lay, layer, lecture, ledge, leg, level, liberal arts, lie,
line, line of action, line of direction, line of march, lineage,
lines, links, lists, locale, locomotion, main current, main dish,
mainstream, major, make, manner, manner of working, march,
marketplace, mat, means, measure, measures, method, methodology,
milieu, mill run, millrace, minor, mode, mode of operation,
mode of procedure, modus operandi, monotone, motion, mounting,
move, move along, move on, movement, moving, naturally, navigation,
nexus, no doubt, oblique motion, obviously, ocean trip, of course,
ongoing, onrush, onward course, open forum, orbit, order,
orientation, outfield, outflow, outing, oval, overlayer, overpass,
overstory, package tour, palaestra, parade ground, pass, pass over,
pass through, passage, passageway, path, patrol, pattern, pendulum,
perambulate, peregrinate, peregrination, pererrate, performance,
periodicity, pilgrimage, piloting, piste, pit, place, plan,
plan of action, plate, platform, playground, playing field,
playroom, pleasure trip, plenum, plunging, ply, point, policy,
polity, polo ground, pool hall, poolroom, portion, position paper,
positively, pour, powder train, practice, precinct, primrose path,
principles, prize ring, procedure, proceeding, process, program,
progress, progression, progressiveness, promotion, proseminar,
prowl after, public square, pulse, purlieu, putting green,
quadrivium, quarter, queue, race, racecourse, racket court,
radial motion, random motion, range, range over, rank, reconnoiter,
recurrence, reflowing, refluence, reflux, refresher course,
regression, regurgitate, reticulation, retrogression, revolution,
ride to hounds, ring, rink, rising, road, roast, roll, roll on,
rolling, rolling on, rotation, round, round trip, route, routine,
row, rubberneck tour, run, rush, safari, sail, sally, sashay,
scale, scamper, scene, scene of action, scenery, scent, scheme,
scientific education, scoot, scope, scour, scour the country,
scout, scurry, sea lane, sea trip, seam, second helping, seminar,
sequel, sequence, series, service, serving, set, setting,
shakedown cruise, shelf, shikar, shoot, shortcut, side dish,
sideward motion, signs, single file, sinking, site, skating rink,
soaring, soccer field, spate, specialty, spectrum, speed, spell,
sphere, spoor, sport, sprint, squared circle, squash court,
stadium, stage, stage set, stage setting, stalk, start, steerage,
steering, step, sternway, still-hunt, story, stratum, stream,
stretch, string, study, style, subdiscipline, subject, subsiding,
substratum, succession, superstratum, sure, surely, surge,
surge back, swath, sweep, swing, system, systole, tack, tear,
technical education, technique, tendency, tennis court, tenor,
terrain, the drill, the general tendency, the how, the main course,
the way of, theater, thesis, thickness, thread, tide, tier,
tilting ground, tiltyard, time spirit, tone, topsoil, tour,
tourism, touristry, traces, track, trade route, trail, train,
traject, trajectory, trajet, transit, travel, travel over,
travel through, traveling, traverse, trek, trench, trend, trip,
trivium, trough, troughing, troughway, tunnel, turf, turn,
undercurrent, underlayer, understory, understratum, undertow,
undoubtedly, upbeat, upward motion, vapor trail, vector, voyage,
wake, walk, water flow, watercourse, way, wayfare, wend, wheel,
windrow, wise, wrestling ring, zone

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