Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A survey line run with a compass or transit.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A term used in surveying, meaning the direction of a line with reference to a meridian.
    —Course of business. Commercial paper is said to be transferred, or sales alleged to have been fraudulent may be shown to have been made, "in the course of business," or "in the usual and ordinary course of business," when the circumstances of the transaction are such as usually and ordinarily attend dealings of the same hind and do not exhibit any signs of haste, secrecy, or fraudulent intention. Walbrun v. Babbitt, 16 Wall. 581, 21 In Ed. 489; Clough v. Patrick, 37 Vt. 429 ; Brooklyn, etc., R. Co. v. National Bank, 102 U. S. 14, 26 L. Ed. 61.
    —Course of river. The course of a river is a line parallel with its banks; the term is not synonymous with the "current" of the river. Attorney General v. Railroad Co., 9 N. J. Eq. 550.
    —Course of the voyage. By this term is understood the regular and customary track, if such there be, which a ship takes in going from one port to another, and the shortest way. Marsh. Ins. 185.
    —Course of trade. What is customarily or ordinarily done in the management of trade or business.