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COURSES, noun plural

1. In a ship, the principal sails, as the main sail, fore sail, and mizen; sometimes the name is given to the stay sails on the lower masts; also to the main stay sails of all brigs and schooners.

2. Catamenia; menstrual flux.

COURSE, verb transitive

1. To hunt; to pursue; to chase.

We coursed him at the heels.

2. To cause to run; to force to move with speed.

3. To run through or over.

The blood courses the winding arteries.

The bounding steed courses the dusty plain.

COURSE, verb intransitive To run; to move with speed; to run or move about; as, the blood courses

The grayhounds coursed through the fields.