ETYM French cours, course, Latin cursus, from currere to run. Related to Current.
1. A mode of action.
2. General line of orientation; SYN. trend.
3. Part of a meal served at one time.
4. Education imparted in a series of lessons or class meetings; SYN. course of study, course of instruction, class.
5. A layer of masonry; SYN. row.
6. A connected series of events or actions or developments; or; SYN. line.
ETYM Latin directio: cf. French direction.
1. A general course along which something has a tendency to develop.
2. A line leading to a place or point; SYN. way.
3. A message describing how something is to be done; SYN. instruction.
4. The spatial relation between something and the course along which it points or moves.
The price at which one currency is bought or sold in terms of other currencies, gold, or accounting units such as the special drawing right (SDR) of the International Monetary Fund. Exchange rates may be fixed by international agreement or by government policy; or they may be wholly or partly allowed to “float” (that is, find their own level) in world currency markets.
Central banks, as large holders of foreign currency, often intervene to buy or sell particular currencies in an effort to maintain some stability in exchange rates.
Under the Reagan administration, the US dollar was allowed, even encouraged, to drop in relation to other currencies, especially the Japanese yen.
ETYM Akin to Dutch markt, Old High Germ. markât, merkât, German markt.
1. The customers for a particular product or service.
2. The securities markets in the aggregate; SYN. securities industry.
3. The world of commercial activity where goods and services are bought and sold; SYN. marketplace.
Any situation where buyers and sellers are in contact with each other. This could be a street market or it could be a world market where buyers and sellers communicate via letters, faxes, telephones, and representatives.
In a perfect or free market, there are many buyers and sellers, so that no single buyer or seller is able to influence the price of the product; there is therefore perfect competition in the market. In an imperfect market either a few buyers or sellers (or even just one) dominates the market.
1. A line of argument rationalizing the course of action of a government
2. A plan of action adopted by an individual or social group
3. Written contract or certificate of insurance; SYN. insurance policy, insurance.
ETYM From Quote.
A passage or expression that is quoted; SYN. quote.
ETYM Old Eng. and French route, Old Fren. rote, from Latin rupta (sc. via), from ruptus, p. p. of rumpere to break; hence, literally, a broken or beaten way or path. Related to Rout, Rut a track.
1. A line of travel; course.
2. An established or selected course of travel or action; an assigned territory to be systematically covered.
3. A traveled way; highway; a means of access; channel.
ETYM Old Fren. estendart, French étendard, probably from Latin extendere to spread out, extend, but influenced by Eng. stand. Related to Extend.
1. A basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated; SYN. criterion, measure, touchstone.
2. The value behind the money in a monetary system; SYN. monetary standard.
3. An upright pole (especially one used as a support).
4. Any distinctive flag.
5. A board measure equalling 1980 board feet.
ETYM Old Eng. wey, way, as. weg.
(Homonym: weigh, whey).
1. A course of conduct; SYN. path, way of life.
2. A general category of things; used in the expression.
3. A journey or passage.
4. A portion of something divided into shares.
5. Any road or path affording passage from one place to another.
6. Doing as one pleases or chooses.
7. The condition of things generally; or.
8. The property of distance in general; (colloquial); SYN. ways.