from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of running.
  • n. The power or ability to run.
  • n. Sports The exercise or sport of someone who runs.
  • adj. Ongoing over a period of time: a running conversation; a running joke among us.
  • adj. Set in continuous or unbroken lines: running text.
  • adj. Printed at the top or bottom of every page or every other page: a running title; a running footer.
  • adv. In a consecutive way: four years running.
  • idiom in the running Entered as a contender in a competition.
  • idiom in the running Having the possibility of winning or placing well in a competition.
  • idiom out of the running Not entered as a contender in a competition.
  • idiom out of the running Having no possibility of winning or placing well in a competition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That which runs or run.
  • adv. consecutively; in a row
  • n. The action of the verb to run.
  • n. The activity of running as a form of exercise, as a sport, or for any other reason
  • v. Present participle of run.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Moving or advancing by running.
  • adj. Having a running gait; not a trotter or pacer.
  • adj. trained and kept for running races.
  • adj. Successive; one following the other without break or intervention; -- said of periods of time.
  • adj. Flowing; easy; cursive.
  • adj. Continuous; keeping along step by step.
  • adj. Extending by a slender climbing or trailing stem.
  • adj. Discharging pus.
  • n. The act of one who, or of that which runs.
  • n. That which runs or flows; the quantity of a liquid which flows in a certain time or during a certain operation.
  • n. The discharge from an ulcer or other sore.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of one who or that which runs.
  • n. Specifically, the act of one who risks or evades dangers or legal restrictions, as in running a blockade or smuggling.
  • n. The action of a whale after being struck by the harpoon, when it swims but does not sound.
  • n. In racing, etc., power, ability, or strength to run; hence, staying power.
  • n. The ranging of any animals, particularly in connection with the rut, or other actions of the breeding season: also used attributively: as, the running time of salmon or deer.
  • n. In organ-building, a leakage of the air in a wind-chest into a channel so that a pipe is sounded when its digital is depressed, although its stop is not drawn; also, the sound of a pipe thus sounded. Also called running of the wind.
  • n. That which runs or flows; the quantity run: as, the first running of a still, or of cider at the mill.
  • n. Course, direction, or manner of flowing or moving.
  • That runs; suited for running, racing, etc. See run, n., 1 .
  • Specifically, in zoology, cursorial; gressorial; ambulatory; not salient or saltatory.
  • Capable of moving quickly; movable; mobilized.
  • Done, made, taken, etc., in passing, or while hastening along; hence, cursory; hasty; speedy.
  • Cursive, as manuscript: as, running hand (see below).
  • Proceeding in close succession; without intermission: used in a semi-adverbial sense after nouns denoting periods of time: as, I had the same dream three nights running.
  • Continuous; unintermittent; persistent.
  • In botany, repent or creeping by runners, as the strawberry. See runner, 2.
  • A horizontal board along the ridge of a box freight-car or the side of an oil-car, to form a passage for the trainmen.
  • Approaching; going on.
  • In machinery, moving; not held tightly; not fixed. A running fit is one where two surfaces in contact fit so loosely that one can move freely past the other.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. executed or initiated by running
  • n. the act of administering or being in charge of something
  • n. the act of running; traveling on foot at a fast pace
  • n. the act of participating in an athletic competition involving running on a track
  • adj. of advancing the ball by running
  • adj. (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing
  • adj. measured lengthwise
  • n. the state of being in operation
  • n. (American football) a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team
  • adj. (of fluids) moving or issuing in a stream
  • adj. continually repeated over a period of time


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