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English noun: course

1. course (act) education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings


SamplesHe took a course in basket weaving.
Flirting is not unknown in college classes.


Synonymsclass, course of instruction, course of study


Broader (hypernym)didactics, education, educational activity, instruction, pedagogy, teaching


Narrower (hyponym)adult education, art class, childbirth-preparation class, correspondence course, course of lectures, directed study, elective, elective course, extension course, home study, industrial arts, orientation, orientation course, propaedeutic, propaedeutics, refresher, refresher course, required course, seminar, shop, shop class, workshop


Part holonymclass period, course session, coursework, lecture, lecturing, lesson, recitation

2. course (group) a connected series of events or actions or developments


SamplesThe government took a firm course.
Historians can only point out those lines for which evidence is available.


Synonymsline


Broader (hypernym)series


Narrower (hyponym)current, flow, stream

3. course (location) general line of orientation


SamplesThe river takes a southern course.
The northeastern trend of the coast.


Synonymstrend


Broader (hypernym)direction, way

4. course (act) a mode of action


SamplesIf 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.


Synonymscourse of action


Broader (hypernym)action


Narrower (hyponym)blind alley, collision course, path, way, way of life

5. course (object) a line or route along which something travels or moves


SamplesThe hurricane demolished houses in its path.
The track of an animal.
The course of the river.


Synonymspath, track


Broader (hypernym)line


Narrower (hyponym)belt, collision course, inside track, round, steps, swath, trail

6. course (group) a body of students who are taught together


SamplesEarly morning classes are always sleepy.


Synonymsclass, form, grade


Broader (hypernym)assemblage, gathering


Narrower (hyponym)discussion section, master class, section

7. course (food) part of a meal served at one time


SamplesShe prepared a three course meal.


Broader (hypernym)aliment, alimentation, nourishment, nutriment, nutrition, sustenance, victuals


Narrower (hyponym)afters, appetiser, appetizer, dessert, entree, main course, starter, sweet


Part meronymmeal, repast

8. course (artifact) (construction) a layer of masonry


SamplesA course of bricks.


Synonymsrow


Broader (hypernym)bed, layer


Narrower (hyponym)damp course, damp-proof course, row of bricks


Part meronymwall

9. course (artifact) facility consisting of a circumscribed area of land or water laid out for a sport


SamplesThe course had only nine holes.
The course was less than a mile.


Broader (hypernym)facility, installation


Narrower (hyponym)golf course, links course, racecourse, racetrack, raceway, track


English adverb: course

1. course as might be expected


SamplesNaturally, the lawyer sent us a huge bill.


Synonymsnaturally, of course


Antonymsunnaturally


English verb: course

1. course (motion) move swiftly through or over


SamplesShips coursing the Atlantic.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)cover, cross, cut across, cut through, get across, get over, pass over, track, traverse

2. course (motion) move along, of liquids


SamplesWater flowed into the cave.
The Missouri feeds into the Mississippi.


Synonymsfeed, flow, run


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)move


Narrower (hyponym)circulate, drain, dribble, eddy, filter, flush, gush, gutter, jet, ooze, pour, purl, run down, run off, run out, run out, seep, spill, stream, surge, swirl, tide, trickle, waste, well out, whirl, whirlpool

3. course (competition) hunt with hounds


SamplesHe often courses hares.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)hunt, hunt down, run, track down


Domain categorygame









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