course-n; 13 Senses

Sense Number 1: a series of lectures or classes on a subject, a curriculum

Commentary: COURSE[+series][+lecture]

Differential geometry is a required course for a degree in cosmology.
Architecture is not a course of study yet offered at that small private college.
Are you planning to attend the orientation course?
John didn't get a course credit for that class because he just audited it.
He needs to take a refresher course in manners! (figurative, ironic)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: the natural progression or development of something

Commentary: COURSE[+action][+development][+progression]
NOTE: does not imply an intentional motive, as does sense 4

She knew many of the century's greatest writers during the course of her lifetime.
We got to know each other in the course of working on that project together.
Throughout the course of history wars have destroyed what civilizations have built.
He grew weaker and thinner as the disease ran its course. (figurative)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: a piece of land set aside as a facility for a sporting activity

Commentary: COURSE[+physical][+grounds][+facility][+sporting]

Tom and Mary played the new championship golf course at the resort.
We laid out a course of wickets for the children's croquet game.
The race course at Churchill Downs is a mile and a quarter.
They incurred a penalty for sailing outside the official course as they rounded the marker.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 9

Sense Number 4: an intentional procedure or series of actions

Commentary: COURSE[+action][+procedure][+intentional]

They have questioned the wisdom of their CEO's course of action in regards to this.
A real change of course may be needed to get the peace process on track again.
He is following the course of his father in becoming a physician.
They have chosen a difficult course for their industry by encouraging these new tariffs.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 5: the route or track along which something travels

Commentary: COURSE[+form][+line][+track]

They are following the course of the hurricane on Doppler radar.
I could see the wet trail of the snail's course across the walkway.
Marine biologists have monitored the course of certain whales around the planet.
Mary's daily jogging course takes her past the post office, the nail salon, and finally the bakery.
The rocket was off course by about a mile. (an intended trajectory)
Sally has been following the course of his meteoric career as a concert pianist. (figurative)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 6: the orientation of something

Commentary: COURSE[+quality][+orientation]

The river takes a southern course once it traverses the plain.
The course of the current generally follows the shoreline.
The wind course is south by southwest.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 7: part of a meal, e.g. salad or dessert

Commentary: COURSE[+food][+meal][+component]

Bob served broiled scallops for the first course.
I ordered roast duck for my main course.
The prix fixe menu includes three courses and a dessert.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 7

Sense Number 8: a continuous horizontal layer of brick

Commentary: COURSE[+construction][+row][+brick]

We admired the course of bricks along the top of the old Gothic-style library.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 8

Sense Number 9: a program of medicine doses

Commentary: COURSE[+series][+dose][+medication]

She has been taking a course of antibiotics for the infection.
The oncologist ordered a course of chemotherapy treatments for the patient.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 4b

Sense Number 10: lowermost sail on a square-rigged mast

Commentary: COURSE[+artifact][+sail][+lowermost]

The captain asked the mate to repair the torn course.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 5c

Sense Number 11: adjacent musical strings tuned the same

Commentary: COURSE[+set][+string][+adjacent][+musical]

These strings on the lute, tuned to one pitch, comprise a course.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 7

Sense Number 12: after a normal passage of time

Commentary: Idiom: in_due_course

She expects her son to finish his undergraduate degree in due course.
In due course the competitors will figure out how to market a similar product.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: in_due_course

Sense Number 13: as might be expected, as normal

Commentary: Idiom: of_course

Of course they will want to have a bite to eat before going to the show.
Mary told us that of course we could borrow her guest cottage for the weekend.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: of_course