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Middle English, from Anglo-French curs, course, from Latin cursus, from currere to run

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  • 1 : the act or action of moving in a path from point to point
  • 2 : the path over which something moves or extends: as a : racecourse
b (1) : the direction of travel of a vehicle (as a ship or airplane) usually measured as a clockwise angle from north; also : the projected path of travel (2) : a point of the compass
b : a chosen manner of conducting oneself : way of acting <our wisest course is to retreat>
c (1) : progression through a development or period or a series of acts or events (2) : life history, career
  • 4 : an ordered process or succession: as a : a number of lectures or other matter dealing with a subject; also : a series of such courses constituting a curriculum <a premed course>
b : a series of doses or medications administered over a designated period
  • 5 a : a part of a meal served at one time <the main course>
b : layer; especially : a continuous level range of brick or masonry throughout a wall
c : the lowest sail on a square-rigged mast


Growth does not come from traveling on an easy road.[1]

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