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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 ?
He came in gorgeous array, with plumed cap, red cloak, chestnut lovelocks, a guitar, and the boots, of course.
And then, of course, he had known people, many people, known them in a peculiarly intimate way that was different from the way in which you and I know people.
Of course if it's true it means a big thing, I can understand that.
NOTES: [1] The Bohemian name Antonia is strongly accented on the first syllable, like the English name Anthony, and the `i' is, of course, given the sound of long `e'.
The point is, of course, that the painting is about a lot of things, all at once.
If the number of course days is sacred, other lessons might need to be subtracted before any new content can be added.
There has been an accelerate rate of course offerings through online delivery and it appears to be growing exponentially (Bennett, 2001; Boettcher, 1996; Hiltz; 1997; Lewis, Snow, Farris, Levin, & Greene, 1999; National Center for Education Statistics, 2002).
ADAA Courses: A minimum of 50 Fellowship hours must be earned for completion of courses provided by national, state or local components of the American Dental Assistants Association, of which 12 credit hours must be ADAA home study courses.
For the same price and the same number of courses, Celestino Italian Steak House, 8908 Beverly Blvd.
Of course, you'll need a computer and Internet access for online instruction, but most professionals are set up to do this both at home and in the office.
The point, of course, isn't that any of these courses are inherently worthless.
Data related to student knowledge and comprehension, as well as application of course material, was collected using identical exam questions in both course sections at the end of the semester.