concourse

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Etymology[edit]

French concours, Latin concursus, from concurrere (to run together). See concur.

Noun[edit]

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concourse (plural concourses)

  1. A large open space in a building where people can gather.
  2. A large group of people; a crowd.
    • 1726, Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels, The Publisher to the Reader
      About three years ago, Mr. Gulliver growing weary of the concourse of curious people coming to him at his house in Redriff, made a small purchase of land, with a convenient house, near Newark, in Nottinghamshire, his native country; where he now lives retired, yet in good esteem among his neighbours.
    • Prescott
      Amidst the concourse were to be seen the noble ladies of Milan, in gay, fantastic cars, shining in silk brocade.
  3. The running or flowing together of things; the meeting of things; confluence.
    • 1662 - Thomas Salusbury (translator), Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief Systems of the World, First Day:
      ... there was only wanting the concourse of rains ...
    • Sir M. Hale
      The good frame of the universe was not the product of chance or fortuitous concourse of particles of matter.
    • Sir Isaac Newton
      The drop will begin to move toward the concourse of the glasses.
  4. An open space, especially in a park, where several roads or paths meet.
  5. (obsolete) concurrence; cooperation
    • Barrow
      The divine providence is wont to afford its concourse to such proceeding.

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