course vs naturally what difference

what is difference between course and naturally



  • (Received Pronunciation) enPR: kôs, IPA(key): /kɔːs/
  • (General American) enPR: kôrs, IPA(key): /kɔːɹs/, /kɔɹs/
  • (rhotic, without the horsehoarse merger) enPR: kōrs, IPA(key): /ko(ː)ɹs/
  • (non-rhotic, without the horsehoarse merger) IPA(key): /koəs/
  • (Tasmania) IPA(key): /kɜːs/
  • Homophone: coarse; curse (Tasmania)
  • Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)s, -ɜː(ɹ)s (Tasmania)

Etymology 1

From Middle English cours, from Old French cours, from Latin cursus (course of a race), from currō (run), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ḱers- (to run). Doublet of cursus.


course (plural courses)

  1. A sequence of events.
    1. A normal or customary sequence.
    2. A programme, a chosen manner of proceeding.
    3. Any ordered process or sequence of steps.
    4. A learning programme, whether a single class or (Britain) a major area of study.
      • 1661, John Fell, The Life of the most learned, reverend and pious Dr. H. Hammond
        During the whole time of his abode in the university he generally spent thirteen hours of the day in study; by which assiduity besides an exact dispatch of the whole course of philosophy, he read over in a manner all classic authors that are extant []
      • 1992 August 21, Edwina Currie, Diary:
        Her course will be ‘Communication Studies with Theatre Studies’: God, how tedious, how pointless.
    5. (especially in medicine) A treatment plan.
      • 1932, Agatha Christie, The Thirteen Problems
        Miss Clark, alarmed at her increasing stoutness, was doing a course of what is popularly known as banting.
    6. A stage of a meal.
    7. The succession of one to another in office or duty; order; turn.
      • He appointed [] the courses of the priests.
  2. A path that something or someone moves along.
    1. The itinerary of a race.
    2. A racecourse.
    3. The path taken by a flow of water; a watercourse.
    4. (sports) The trajectory of a ball, frisbee etc.
    5. (golf) A golf course.
    6. (nautical) The direction of movement of a vessel at any given moment.
    7. (navigation) The intended passage of voyage, such as a boat, ship, airplane, spaceship, etc.
  3. (nautical) The lowest square sail in a fully rigged mast, often named according to the mast.
  4. (in the plural, courses, obsolete, euphemistic) Menses.
  5. A row or file of objects.
    1. (masonry) A row of bricks or blocks.
    2. (roofing) A row of material that forms the roofing, waterproofing or flashing system.
    3. (textiles) In weft knitting, a single row of loops connecting the loops of the preceding and following rows.
  6. (music) One or more strings on some musical instruments (such as the guitar, lute or vihuela): if multiple, then closely spaced, tuned in unison or octaves and intended to played together.
  • bird course
  • crash course
  • due course
  • massive open online course (MOOC)
Derived terms
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course (third-person singular simple present courses, present participle coursing, simple past and past participle coursed)

  1. To run or flow (especially of liquids and more particularly blood).
    The oil coursed through the engine.
    Blood pumped around the human body courses throughout all its veins and arteries.
    • 2013, Martina Hyde, “Is the pope Catholic?”, The Guardian, 20 September 2013[1]
      He is a South American, so perhaps revolutionary spirit courses through Francis’s veins. But what, pray, does the Catholic church want with doubt?
  2. (transitive) To run through or over.
  3. (transitive) To pursue by tracking or estimating the course taken by one’s prey; to follow or chase after.
  4. (transitive) To cause to chase after or pursue game.
    to course greyhounds after deer

Etymology 2

Clipping of of course


course (not comparable)

  1. (colloquial) Alternative form of of course


  • Couser, Crouse, Crusoe, cerous, coures, crouse, source



From Old French cours, from Latin cursus (course of a race), from currō (run), with influence of Italian corsa.


  • IPA(key): /kuʁs/


course f (plural courses)

  1. run, running
  2. race
  3. errand

Usage notes

  • course is a false friend, it does not mean “course”. To translate the English word course to French, use cours.

Derived terms


  • Romanian: cursă

Further reading

  • “course” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).


  • coeurs, cœurs
  • coures
  • écrous
  • source



From Old French cours, from Latin cursus (course of a race), from currō (run).


course f (plural courses)

  1. (Jersey) course



From Middle English naturally, naturaly, naturely, naturaliche, natureliche, equivalent to natural +‎ -ly.


  • IPA(key): /ˈnætʃ(ə)ɹəli/


naturally (comparative more naturally, superlative most naturally)

  1. In a natural manner.
    Although he was unused to the situation, he tried to act naturally.
  2. Inherently or by nature.
    Boys are naturally aggressive.
  3. Surely or without any doubt.
    I shall naturally protest at that decision.


  • (in a natural manner): genuinely, normally, unaffectedly
  • (inherently or by nature): essentially, innately, intrinsically; See also Thesaurus:intrinsically
  • (surely): absolutely, certainly, undoubtedly, wis (dialect), without a doubt


See also

  • of course

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