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midcourse

[mid-kawrs, -kohrs] /ˈmɪdˌkɔrs, -ˌkoʊrs/
noun
1.
the middle of a course.
2.
Rocketry. the portion of a ballistic trajectory between the end of powered flight and the beginning of the reentry phase.
3.
Aerospace. the portion of a space trajectory between leaving the earth's vicinity and arrival at the desired destination, as another planet.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; mid- + course
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Word Origin and History for mid-course

1560s, from mid + course (n.).

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