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

  • n. A competitive event in which participants are timed, as in covering a set distance, often used to select qualifiers for another event.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An unpaced race in which riders or teams, leaving at regular intervals are timed over a preset course or distance, the winner being the rider or team to finish in the fastest time.
  • n. Any competitive event in which competitors are timed rather than racing against each other.


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