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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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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