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n., v. coursed, cours•ing. n.
A course is a series of lessons or lectures on a particular subject. It usually includes reading and written work that a student has to do. You say that someone takes a course or does a course in a subject.
Don't say that someone takes a course 'of' a subject.
In British English, the people who are taking a course are referred to as the people on the course.
In American English, they are also referred to as the people in the course.
Past participle: coursed
|Noun||1.||course - education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings; "he took a course in basket weaving"; "flirting is not unknown in college classes"|
didactics, education, educational activity, instruction, pedagogy, teaching - the activities of educating or instructing; activities that impart knowledge or skill; "he received no formal education"; "our instruction was carefully programmed"; "good classroom teaching is seldom rewarded"
coursework - work assigned to and done by a student during a course of study; usually it is evaluated as part of the student's grade in the course
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
lesson - a unit of instruction; "he took driving lessons"
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; "he registered for directed study"; "he got credit for directed study"; "he did directed study"
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
propaedeutic, propaedeutics - a course that provides an introduction to an art or science (or to more advanced study generally)
refresher course, refresher - 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 class, shop - a course of instruction in a trade (as carpentry or electricity); "I built a birdhouse in shop"
workshop - a brief intensive course for a small group; emphasizes problem solving
|2.||course - a connected series of events or actions or developments; "the government took a firm course"; "historians can only point out those lines for which evidence is available"|
series - similar things placed in order or happening one after another; "they were investigating a series of bank robberies"
|3.||course - general line of orientation; "the river takes a southern course"; "the northeastern trend of the coast"|
|4.||course - 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"|
action - something done (usually as opposed to something said); "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"
blind alley - (figurative) a course of action that is unproductive and offers no hope of improvement; "all the clues led the police into blind alleys"; "so far every road that we've been down has turned out to be a blind alley"
collision course - a course of action (following a given idea) that will lead to conflict if it continues unabated
|5.||course - a line or route along which something travels or moves; "the hurricane demolished houses in its path"; "the track of an animal"; "the course of the river"|
line - a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent
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; "the story is going the rounds in Washington"
steps - the course along which a person has walked or is walking in; "I followed in his steps"; "he retraced his steps"; "his steps turned toward home"
trail - a track or mark left by something that has passed; "there as a trail of blood"; "a tear left its trail on her cheek"
|6.||course - a body of students who are taught together; "early morning classes are always sleepy"|
master class - a class (especially in music) given to talented students by an expert
|7.||course - part of a meal served at one time; "she prepared a three course meal"|
aliment, alimentation, nourishment, nutriment, sustenance, victuals, nutrition - a source of materials to nourish the body
appetiser, appetizer, starter - food or drink to stimulate the appetite (usually served before a meal or as the first course)
|8.||course - (construction) a layer of masonry; "a course of bricks"|
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
layer, bed - single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance; "slices of hard-boiled egg on a bed of spinach"
row of bricks - a course of bricks place next to each other (usually in a straight line)
wall - an architectural partition with a height and length greater than its thickness; used to divide or enclose an area or to support another structure; "the south wall had a small window"; "the walls were covered with pictures"
|9.||course - 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"|
facility, installation - a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry; "the assembly plant is an enormous facility"
|Verb||1.||course - move swiftly through or over; "ships coursing the Atlantic"|
|2.||course - move along, of liquids; "Water flowed into the cave"; "the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi"|
flush - flow freely; "The garbage flushed down the river"
jet, gush - issue in a jet; come out in a jet; stream or spring forth; "Water jetted forth"; "flames were jetting out of the building"
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
circulate - move through a space, circuit or system, returning to the starting point; "Blood circulates in my veins"; "The air here does not circulate"
run down - move downward; "The water ran down"
pour - flow in a spurt; "Water poured all over the floor"
spill, run out - flow, run or fall out and become lost; "The milk spilled across the floor"; "The wine spilled onto the table"
dribble, trickle, filter - run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady stream; "water trickled onto the lawn from the broken hose"; "reports began to dribble in"
gutter - flow in small streams; "Tears guttered down her face"
|3.||course - hunt with hounds; "He often courses hares"|
game - a contest with rules to determine a winner; "you need four people to play this game"
|Adv.||1.||course - as might be expected; "naturally, the lawyer sent us a huge bill"|
on a southerly course → con rumbo sur
to change course (lit) → cambiar de rumbo
the government has changed course on Europe → el gobierno ha dado un nuevo rumbo or giro a su política con respecto a Europa
to be/go off course (lit, fig) → haberse desviado/desviarse de su rumbo
the plane was 300 miles off course → el avión se había desviado 300 millas de su rumbo
the boat was blown off course → el viento desvió al barco de su rumbo
we are on course for victory → vamos bien encaminados para la victoria
to plot a course (for Jamaica) → trazar el rumbo (para ir a Jamaica)
to set (a) course for (Naut) → poner rumbo a
see also collision
the best course would be to → lo mejor sería ...
we have to decide on the best course of action → tenemos que decidir cuáles son las mejores medidas a tomar
it's the only course left open to him → es la única opción que le queda
it changed the course of history/of her life → cambió el curso de la historia/de su vida
in the normal or ordinary course of events → normalmente
in the course of in the course of my work → en el cumplimiento de mi trabajo
in the course of conversation → en el curso or transcurso de la conversación
in or during the course of the next few days → en el curso de los próximos días
in or during the course of the journey → durante el viaje
to let things take or run their course → dejar que las cosas sigan su curso
see also due A3
see also event 1
see also matter A5
of course → claro, desde luego, por supuesto, cómo no (esp LAm), sí pues (S. Cone)
of course! I should have known → ¡pero si está claro! me lo tenía que haber imaginado
"can I have a drink?" - "of course you can" → -¿puedo tomar algo de beber? -claro or desde luego or por supuesto que sí
I've read about her in the papers, of course → por supuesto, la conozco de los periódicos
of course, I may be wrong → claro que puedo estar confundido
of course not! (answering) → ¡claro que no!, ¡por supuesto que no!
"can I go?" - "of course not or of course you can't" → -¿puedo ir? -claro que no or ni hablar or por supuesto que no
to go on a course → ir a hacer un curso
a course in business administration → un curso de administración de empresas
short course → cursillo m
course of study (gen) → estudios mpl (Univ) → carrera f, estudios mpl
to take or do a course in or on sth → hacer un curso de algo
a course of treatment → un tratamiento
golf course → campo m or (S. Cone) cancha f (de golf)
to stay the course → no cejar, aguantar hasta el final
see also obstacle
it sent the blood coursing through his veins → hacía que la sangre corriera por sus venas
rage/relief coursed through him → le invadió la ira/una sensación de alivio
Do you love me? - Of course I do! → Tu m'aimes? - Bien sûr que oui!
of course not!, no of course not! → bien sûr que non!, évidemment que non!
to be on course [ship, aircraft] → suivre son cap
to be off course [ship, aircraft] → dévier de son cap
to be on course for sth [person] → être en bonne voie pour qch
to run its course, to take its course [disease, process] → suivre son cours
to stay the course (= complete enterprise) [person] → tenir jusqu'au bout
we have no other course but to ... → nous n'avons pas d'autre solution que de ...
to take a course → choisir une solution
the best course would be to ... → le mieux serait de ... course of action
a French course → un cours de français
to go on a course (= training course) → faire un stage
course of lectures → série f de conférences
the next course → le plat suivant
the main course → le plat principal
the first course → l'entrée
in the course of the next few days → au cours des prochains jours
in the course of time (= eventually) → avec le temps
in due course → en temps utile, en temps voulu
yes, of course! → sì, certo!
(no) of course not! → certo che no!, no di certo!
of course you can → certo che puoi
of course I won't do it → certo che non lo farò
to take a course in French → seguire un corso di francese
a course of lectures on a subject → una serie di conferenze or lezioni su un argomento
a course of treatment (Med) → una cura
a three-course meal → un pasto di tre portate
first course → primo piatto
to set course for (Naut) → far rotta per
to change course (Naut) (fig) → cambiare rotta
to go off course → deviare dalla rotta
to hold one's course → seguire or mantenere la rotta
to take/follow a course of action (fig) → imboccare/seguire una politica
we have no other course but to ... → non possiamo far altro che...
there are two courses open to us → abbiamo due possibilità
the best course would be to ... → la cosa migliore sarebbe...
to let things/events take or run their course → lasciare che le cose/gli eventi seguano il loro corso
as a matter of course → come una cosa scontata
in due course → a tempo debito
in the course of time → col passare del tempo
in the normal or ordinary course of events → normalmente
in (the) course of construction → in (via di) costruzione
in the course of the next few days → nel corso dei prossimi giorni