course vs path what difference

what is difference between course and path

English

Pronunciation

  • (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.

Noun

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.
Hyponyms
  • bird course
  • crash course
  • due course
  • massive open online course (MOOC)
Derived terms
Related terms
Translations

Verb

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
Translations

Etymology 2

Clipping of of course

Adverb

course (not comparable)

  1. (colloquial) Alternative form of of course

Anagrams

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

French

Etymology

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

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /kuʁs/

Noun

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

Descendants

  • Romanian: cursă

Further reading

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

Anagrams

  • coeurs, cœurs
  • coures
  • écrous
  • source

Norman

Etymology

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

Noun

course f (plural courses)

  1. (Jersey) course


English

Etymology 1

From Middle English path, peth, from Old English pæþ (path, track), from Proto-West Germanic *paþ, from Proto-Germanic *paþaz (path) (compare West Frisian paad, Dutch pad, German Pfad), Ancient Greek πατέω (patéō) / πάτος (pátos), from Iranian (compare Avestan ????????????????????(panta, way), ????????????????(paθa, genitive), Old Persian [script needed] (pathi-)), from Proto-Iranian *pántaHh, from Proto-Indo-Iranian *pántaHs (compare Sanskrit पथिन् (páthin)), from Proto-Indo-European *póntoh₁s, from *pent- (path) (compare English find). Doublet of panth.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /pɑːθ/
    • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): [pʰɑːθ]
    • (General Australian, General New Zealand) IPA(key): [pʰäːθ], [pʰɐːθ]
  • IPA(key): /pæθ/
    • (US, Canada) IPA(key): [pʰæθ], [pʰɛəθ], [pʰeəθ]
    • (Northern England, Ireland) IPA(key): [pʰaθ], [pʰæθ]
  • Rhymes: -ɑːθ, -æθ

Noun

path (plural paths)

  1. A trail for the use of, or worn by, pedestrians.
  2. A course taken.
    • 1900, Charles W. Chesnutt, The House Behind the Cedars, Chapter I,
      Just before Warwick reached Liberty Point, a young woman came down Front Street from the direction of the market-house. When their paths converged, Warwick kept on down Front Street behind her, it having been already his intention to walk in this direction.
  3. (paganism) A Pagan tradition, for example witchcraft, Wicca, druidism, Heathenry.
  4. A metaphorical course or route; progress.
    • 2002, Priscilla K. Shontz, ‎Steven J. Oberg, Jump Start Your Career in Library and Information Science (page 21)
      As I explored the possibility of a library science path, having previously been employed in libraries during my school career and afterwards, I decided that I needed to actually experience work in a library setting full time again []
  5. A method or direction of proceeding.
    • 1751, Thomas Gray, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
      The paths of glory lead but to the grave.
  6. (computing) A human-readable specification for a location within a hierarchical or tree-like structure, such as a file system or as part of a URL.
  7. (graph theory) A sequence of vertices from one vertex to another using the arcs (edges). A path does not visit the same vertex more than once (unless it is a closed path, where only the first and the last vertex are the same).
  8. (topology) A continuous map



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  9. (rail transport) A slot available for allocation to a railway train over a given route in between other trains.
Synonyms
  • (1): track, trail; see also Thesaurus:way
Hypernyms
Derived terms
Translations

Verb

path (third-person singular simple present paths, present participle pathing, simple past and past participle pathed)

  1. (transitive) To make a path in, or on (something), or for (someone).
    • 1597, Michael Drayton, England’s Heroical Epistles
      pathing young Henry’s unadvised ways
  2. (computing, intransitive) To navigate through a file system directory tree (to a desired file or folder).

Etymology 2

Shortening.

Noun

path (uncountable)

  1. (medicine, abbreviation) Pathology.

References

  • Oxford English Dictionary [draft revision; June 2005]
  • “path”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

Anagrams

  • Ptah, phat

Middle English

Etymology 1

From Old English pæþ, from Proto-Germanic *paþaz, from an Iranian language, from Proto-Iranian *pántaHh, from Proto-Indo-Iranian *pántaHs.

Alternative forms

  • paþ, peth, paþþe, paaþ, pathe, paththe, pað, paath

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /paθ/, /paːθ/, /pɛθ/
  • Rhymes: -aθ

Noun

path (plural pathes)

  1. An informal or unpaved path or trail; a track.
  2. A choice or way of living; a doctrine.
  3. (rare, Late Middle English) A course or route.
  4. (rare, Late Middle English) A vessel or vein.
Related terms
  • pathen
  • pathyng
Descendants
  • English: path
  • Scots: paith
References
  • “pā̆th, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-08-08.

Etymology 2

From path (noun).

Verb

path

  1. Alternative form of pathen

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