course

The noun course can refer to a series of lectures, discussions, or other lessons in a particular subject. To graduate from high school, you have to take certain courses in English, social studies, math, and science. Naturally, you want to pass them!

The noun course can refer to a part of a meal. If you love chocolate, your favorite course will be dessert — it's a triple chocolate mousse! The noun course can also refer to an area laid out for a particular sport, as in a golf course or obstacle course. As a verb course can mean to move quickly over or through a certain path, especially some liquid, like when tears course down your cheeks at a sad movie. Don't confuse the spelling of course with coarse, which is an adjective meaning rough.

Definitions of course
  1. noun
    a connected series of events or actions or developments
    “the government took a firm course
    synonyms: line, trajectory
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    current, flow, stream
    dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas
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    series
    similar things placed in order or happening one after another
  2. noun
    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”
    synonyms: course of action
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    blind alley
    (figurative) a course of action that is unproductive and offers no hope of improvement
    collision course
    a course of action (following a given idea) that will lead to conflict if it continues unabated
    path, way, way of life
    a course of conduct
    ambages
    (archaic) roundabout or mysterious ways of action
    primrose path
    a life of ease and pleasure
    straight and narrow, strait and narrow
    the way of proper and honest behavior
    Sunna, Sunnah, hadith
    (Islam) the way of life prescribed as normative for Muslims on the basis of the teachings and practices of Muhammad and interpretations of the Koran
    warpath
    a course leading to warfare or battle
    type of:
    action
    something done (usually as opposed to something said)
  3. noun
    education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings
    “he took a course in basket weaving”
    synonyms: class, course of instruction, course of study
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    adult education
    a course (via lectures or correspondence) for adults who are not otherwise engaged in formal study
    art class
    a class in which you learn to draw or paint
    childbirth-preparation class
    a course that teaches pregnant women to use breathing and concentration and exercise techniques to use during labor
    correspondence course
    a course offered (by mail) by a correspondence school
    course of lectures
    a series of lectures dealing with a subject
    directed study
    a course of study that is supervised and controlled by a specialist in the subject
    elective, elective course
    a course that the student can select from among alternatives
    extension course
    a course offered as part of an extension service
    home study
    a course of study carried out at home rather than in a classroom
    industrial arts
    a course in the methods of using tools and machinery as taught in secondary schools and technical schools
    orientation, orientation course
    a course introducing a new situation or environment
    propaedeutic, propaedeutics
    a course that provides an introduction to an art or science (or to more advanced study generally)
    refresher, refresher course
    a course that reviews and updates a topic for those who have not kept abreast of developments
    required course
    a course that all students are required to take
    seminar
    a course offered for a small group of advanced students
    shop, shop class
    a course of instruction in a trade (as carpentry or electricity)
    workshop
    a brief intensive course for a small group; emphasizes problem solving
    life class
    an art class using a live human model
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    didactics, education, educational activity, instruction, pedagogy, teaching
    the activities of educating or instructing; activities that impart knowledge or skill
  4. noun
    a body of students who are taught together
    synonyms: class, form, grade
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    master class
    a class (especially in music) given to talented students by an expert
    discussion section, section
    a small class of students who are part of a larger course but are taught separately
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    assemblage, gathering
    a group of persons together in one place
  5. noun
    general line of orientation
    “the river takes a southern course
    synonyms: trend
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    direction, way
    a line leading to a place or point
  6. noun
    a line or route along which something travels or moves
    “the course of the river”
    synonyms: path, track
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    collision course
    a course of a moving object that will lead to a collision if it continues unchanged
    inside track
    the inner side of a curved racecourse
    round
    the course along which communications spread
    steps
    the course along which a person has walked or is walking in
    belt, swath
    a path or strip (as cut by one course of mowing)
    trail
    a track or mark left by something that has passed
    slot
    the trail of an animal (especially a deer)
    spoor
    the trail left by a person or an animal; what the hunter follows in pursuing game
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    line
    a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent
  7. noun
    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”
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    golf course, links course
    course consisting of a large landscaped area for playing golf
    racecourse, racetrack, raceway, track
    a course over which races are run
    cinder track
    a racetrack paved with fine cinders
    dirt track
    a racetrack that is not paved
    golf links, links
    a golf course that is built on sandy ground near a shore
    circuit, racing circuit
    a racetrack for automobile races
    speedway
    a racetrack for racing automobiles or motorcycles
    velodrome
    a banked oval track for bicycle or motorcycle racing
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    facility, installation
    a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry
  8. verb
    move along, of liquids
    synonyms: feed, flow, run
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    flush
    flow freely
    gush, jet
    issue in a jet; come out in a jet; stream or spring forth
    surge, tide
    rise or move forward
    circulate
    move through a space, circuit or system, returning to the starting point
    eddy, purl, swirl, whirl, whirlpool
    flow in a circular current, of liquids
    run off, waste
    run off as waste
    run down
    move downward
    pour
    flow in a spurt
    run out, spill
    flow, run or fall out and become lost
    stream, well out
    flow freely and abundantly
    dribble, filter, trickle
    run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady stream
    drain, run out
    flow off gradually
    ooze, seep
    pass gradually or leak through or as if through small openings
    gutter
    flow in small streams
    flush down, wash down
    flow freely
    ventilate
    circulate through and freshen
    spin
    stream in jets, of liquids
    gush, spirt, spout, spurt
    gush forth in a sudden stream or jet
    regurgitate
    pour or rush back
    leach, percolate
    permeate or penetrate gradually
    brim over, overflow, overrun, run over, well over
    flow or run over (a limit or brim)
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    move
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  9. verb
    move swiftly through or over
    “ships coursing the Atlantic”
  10. noun
    part of a meal served at one time
    “she prepared a three course meal”
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    entree, main course
    the principal dish of a meal
    appetiser, appetizer, starter
    food or drink to stimulate the appetite (usually served before a meal or as the first course)
    afters, dessert, sweet
    a dish served as the last course of a meal
    plate
    a main course served on a plate
    antipasto
    a course of appetizers in an Italian meal
    canape
    an appetizer consisting usually of a thin slice of bread or toast spread with caviar or cheese or other savory food
    cocktail
    an appetizer served as a first course at a meal
    hors d'oeuvre
    a dish served as an appetizer before the main meal
    ambrosia
    fruit dessert made of oranges and bananas with shredded coconut
    baked Alaska
    cake covered with ice cream and meringue browned quickly in an oven
    blancmange
    sweet almond-flavored milk pudding thickened with gelatin or cornstarch; usually molded
    charlotte
    a mold lined with cake or crumbs and filled with fruit or whipped cream or custard
    compote, fruit compote
    dessert of stewed or baked fruit
    dumpling
    dessert made by baking fruit wrapped in pastry
    flan
    open pastry filled with fruit or custard
    frozen dessert
    any of various desserts prepared by freezing
    junket
    dessert made of sweetened milk coagulated with rennet
    mousse
    a rich, frothy, creamy dessert made with whipped egg whites and heavy cream
    pavlova
    a dessert consisting of a meringue base or cup filled with fruit and whipped cream
    peach melba
    ice cream and peaches with a liqueur
    whip
    a dessert made of sugar and stiffly beaten egg whites or cream and usually flavored with fruit
    pudding
    any of various soft sweet desserts thickened usually with flour and baked or boiled or steamed
    pud, pudding
    (British) the dessert course of a meal (`pud' is used informally)
    sillabub, syllabub
    sweetened cream beaten with wine or liquor
    tiramisu
    an Italian dessert consisting of layers of sponge cake soaked with coffee and brandy or liqueur layered with mascarpone cheese and topped with grated chocolate
    sabayon, zabaglione
    light foamy custard-like dessert served hot or chilled
    crudites
    raw vegetables cut into bite-sized strips and served with a dip
    mold, mould
    a dish or dessert that is formed in or on a mold
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    aliment, alimentation, nourishment, nutriment, nutrition, sustenance, victuals
    a source of materials to nourish the body
  11. noun
    (construction) a layer of masonry
    “a course of bricks”
    synonyms: row
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    damp course, damp-proof course
    a course of some impermeable material laid in the foundation walls of building near the ground to prevent dampness from rising into the building
    row of bricks
    a course of bricks place next to each other (usually in a straight line)
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    bed, layer
    single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance
  12. verb
    hunt with hounds
    “He often courses hares”
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    hunt, hunt down, run, track down
    pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals)
  13. adverb
    as might be expected
    synonyms: duly, naturally, of course
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    unnaturally
    in a manner at variance with what is natural or normal
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