of course

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a. Development in a particular way; progress: the course of events.
b. Movement in time; duration: in the course of a year.
a. The direction of continuing movement: The boat took a northern course.
b. The route or path taken by something that moves, such as a stream or vehicle.
3. Sports
a. A designated route or area on which a race is held: the course of a marathon.
4. A mode of action or behavior: followed the best course and invested her money.
5. A typical, natural, or customary manner of proceeding or developing: a fad that ran its course.
6. A systematic or orderly succession; a sequence: a course of medical treatments.
7. A continuous layer of building material, such as brick or tile, on a wall or roof of a building.
a. A complete body of prescribed studies constituting a curriculum: a four-year course in engineering.
b. A unit of such a curriculum: took an introductory course in chemistry; passed her calculus course.
9. A part of a meal served as a unit at one time: The first course was a delicious soup.
10. Nautical The lowest sail on a mast of a square-rigged ship.
11. A point on the compass, especially the one toward which a vehicle, such as a ship, is moving.
12. Music A string or set of two or more closely-spaced and usually identically-tuned strings, as on a lute.
v. coursed, cours·ing, cours·es
1. To move swiftly through or over; traverse: ships coursing the seas.
a. To hunt (game) with hounds.
b. To set (hounds) to chase game.
1. To proceed or move swiftly in a certain direction or along a course: "Big tears now coursed down her face" (Iris Murdoch).
2. To hunt game with hounds.
off course
Away from the planned or intended course.
in due course
At the proper or right time: Things will get better in due course.
of course
1. As is to be expected under the circumstances; naturally or obviously: Of course someone had to clean up the mess.
2. Used to indicate assent or agreement: "Do you like her music?" "Of course!"
on course
Following the planned or intended course.
run/take its course
To follow its natural progression or development: Should we let the illness run its course?

[Middle English, from Old French cours, from Latin cursus, from past participle of currere, to run; see kers- in Indo-European roots.]
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Adv.1.of course - as might be expected; "naturally, the lawyer sent us a huge bill"
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(koːs) noun
1. a series (of lectures, medicines etc). I'm taking a course (of lectures) in sociology; He's having a course of treatment for his leg.
2. a division or part of a meal. Now we've had the soup, what's (for) the next course?
3. the ground over which a race is run or a game (especially golf) is played. a racecourse; a golf-course.
4. the path or direction in which something moves. the course of the Nile.
5. the progress or development of events. Things will run their normal course despite the strike.
6. a way (of action). What's the best course of action in the circumstances?
in the course of
during. In the course of our talk, he told me about the accident.
in due course
at the appropriate or normal time. In due course, this seed will grow into a tree.
of course
naturally or obviously. Of course, he didn't tell me any secrets; Of course I can swim.
off/on course
(not) heading in the right direction. to drift off course; We're back on course.
References in classic literature ?
And of course he knows himself that he is doing himself no sort of good with his moans; he knows better than anyone that he is only lacerating and harassing himself and others for nothing; he knows that even the audience before whom he is making his efforts, and his whole family, listen to him with loathing, do not put a ha'porth of faith in him, and inwardly understand that he might moan differently, more simply, without trills and flourishes, and that he is only amusing himself like that from ill-humour, from malignancy.
After this I was sent to Tattersall's to be sold; of course I could not be warranted free from vice, so nothing was said about that.
Of course it is very different here, but who knows how long it will last?
Sweep the room and clean it, of course, after you clear out the trunks and boxes.
However, I intend to make the best of it, of course.
The prince gazed affectionately at Colia, who, of course, had come in solely for the purpose of talking about this "gigantic thought.
During a pause in my matrimonial lecture, Orlando had written a little farewell note to Sylvia,--a note which, of course, I didn't read, but which it is easy to imagine "wild with all regret.
Of course, when you have mastered the action you are able to do these things without thinking of them, and nothing can be more graceful.
But I don't call that a condition, for of course Tom Swift will go.
The first question of course was, how to get dry again: they had a consultation about this, and after a few minutes it seemed quite natural to Alice to find herself talking familiarly with them, as if she had known them all her life.
The house in itself was already an historic document, though not, of course, as venerable as certain other old family houses in University Place and lower Fifth Avenue.
There would be no difficulty, of course, in finding a substitute for Captain Chalmers, but the race takes place this morning, and I am afraid, with all due respect to my daughter, that her mare hasn't the best of reputations.