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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.


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.


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.


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


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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