A group of runners in a race.
- The definition of a race is a contest to see who moves the quickest or a group of people related by common ancestors.
- An example of race is a triathlon.
- An example of race is Caucasian.
- Race is defined as to compete in a contest of speed.
An example of race is to participate in a marathon.
- a competition of speed in running, skating, riding, etc.
- [pl.] a series of such competitions for horses, cars, etc. on a regular course
- any contest or competition likened to a race: the race for mayor, a race for power
- a steady onward movement or course
- the span of life
- a swift current of water
- the channel for a current of water, esp. one built to use the water industrially: a millrace
- a channel or groove for the moving parts of a machine, as the groove for the balls in a ball bearing
- Aeron. slipstream
Origin of raceMiddle English (North) ras(e) from Old Norse r?s, a running, rush, akin to Old English ræs, swift movement, attack from Indo-European an unverified form eras-, to flow, move rapidly from base an unverified form er-, an unverified form or-, to set in motion from source run, orient
intransitive verbraced, rac′ing
- to take part in a competition of speed; run a race
- to go or move swiftly
- to move or revolve so swiftly as to be out of control, because of less resistance or a lighter load: said of machinery
- to compete with in a competition of speed
- to enter or run (a horse, etc.) in a race
- to cause to go swiftly
- to cause (an engine) to run at high speed with the drive gears disengaged
- any of the different varieties or populations of human beings distinguished by a) physical traits such as hair color and texture, eye color, skin color, or body shape: traditionally, the three primary divisions are Caucasoid, Negroid, and Mongoloid, although many subdivisions of these are also called racesb) blood types c) genetic code patterns d) all their inherited characteristics which are unique to their isolated breeding population
- the state of belonging to such a population
- the qualities, traits, etc. belonging, or supposedly belonging, to such a population
- any geographical population
- any population sharing the same activities, habits, ideas, etc.
- any group of people having the same ancestry; family; clan; lineage
- a subspecies, or variety
- breed (noun)
- Rare distinctive flavor, taste, etc., as of wine
Origin of raceFrench from Italian razza from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
the (human) race
- A group of people identified as distinct from other groups because of supposed physical or genetic traits shared by the group. Most biologists and anthropologists do not recognize race as a biologically valid classification, in part because there is more genetic variation within groups than between them.
- A group of people united or classified together on the basis of common history, nationality, or geographic distribution: the Celtic race.
- A genealogical line; a lineage.
- Humans considered as a group.
- Biology a. A usually geographically isolated population of organisms that differs from other populations of the same species in certain heritable traits: an island race of birds.b. A breed or strain, as of domestic animals.
- A distinguishing or characteristic quality, such as the flavor of a wine.
- Of or relating to race; racial: race relations; race quotas.
- Of or relating to forms of popular entertainment made by and largely marketed to African Americans in the early 1900s: race literature; race records.
Origin of raceMiddle French rasse, race lineage, race from Old Italian razza probably from Old French haraz stud farm for horses Old French har- gray, gray-haired ( as in French dialectal (Normandy) harousse nag, old mare ) ( perhaps in reference to the graying of stud horses with age and from Old Norse hārr gray-haired, hoary ) (akin to English hoar ) or Old French har- hair ( perhaps in reference to the fact that stud horses are no longer regularly saddled; akin to French dialectal (Norman) har hair ) ( in monter á har to ride on hair, ride bareback ) ( from Old Norse hār hair ) (akin to English hair )Old French -az, -as n. suff. ( from Latin -āceus -aceous )
- Sports a. A competition of speed, as in running or riding.b. races A series of such competitions held at a specified time on a regular course: a fan of the dog races.
- An extended competition in which participants struggle like runners to be the winner: the presidential race.
- Steady or rapid onward movement: the race of time.
- a. A strong or swift current of water.b. The channel of such a current.c. An artificial channel built to transport water and use its energy. Also called raceway .
- A groovelike part of a machine in which a moving part slides or rolls.
- See slipstream.
verbraced, rac·ing, rac·es
- Sports To compete in a contest of speed.
- To move rapidly or at top speed: We raced home. My heart was racing with fear.
- To run too rapidly due to decreased resistance or unnecessary provision of fuel: adjusted the idle to keep the engine from racing.
- Sports a. To compete against in a race.b. To cause to compete in a race: She races horses for a living.
- To transport rapidly or at top speed; rush: raced the injured motorist to the hospital.
- To cause (an engine with the gears disengaged, for example) to run swiftly or too swiftly.
Origin of raceMiddle English ras from Old Norse rās rush, running ; see ers- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural races)
- A contest between people, animals, vehicles, etc. where the goal is to be the first to reach some objective. Several horses run in a horse race, and the first one to reach the finishing post wins
- The race around the park was won by Johnny, who ran faster than the others.
- We had a race to see who could finish the book the quickest.
- A progressive movement toward a goal.
- A fast-moving current of water, such as that which powers a mill wheel.
- Swift progress; rapid course; a running.
- Competitive action of any kind, especially when prolonged; hence, career; course of life.
- Travels, runs, or journeys.
- The bushings of a rolling element bearing which contacts the rolling elements.
(third-person singular simple present races, present participle racing, simple past and past participle raced)
- (intransitive) To take part in a race (in the sense of a contest).
- The drivers were racing around the track.
- To compete against in such a race.
- I raced him to the car, but he was there first, so he got to ride shotgun.
- (intransitive) To move or drive at high speed.
- As soon as it was time to go home, he raced for the door.
- Her heart was racing as she peered into the dimly lit room.
- (intransitive) Of a motor, to run rapidly when not engaged to a transmission.
From Middle English race, from Old Norse rÃ¡s (“a running, race"), from Proto-Germanic *rÄ“sÅ (“a course"), from Proto-Indo-European *res-, *eres- (“to flow"). Akin to Old English rÇ£s (“a race, swift or violent running, rush, onset"), Middle Low German rÃ¢s (“a strong current"). Compare Danish rÃ¦s, Norwegian and Swedish ras.
(countable and uncountable, plural races)
- A group of sentient beings, particularly people, distinguished by common heritage or characteristics:
- A large group of people distinguished from others on the basis of a common heritage.
- A large group of people distinguished from others on the basis of common physical characteristics, such as skin color or hair type.
- Race was a significant issue during apartheid in South Africa.
- (controversial usage) One of the categories from the many subcategorizations of the human species. See Wikipedia's article on historical definitions of race.
- The Native Americans colonized the New World in several waves from Asia, and thus they are considered part of the same Mongoloid race.
- A large group of sentient beings distinguished from others on the basis of a common heritage (compare species, subspecies).
- A treaty was concluded between the race of elves and the race of men.
- (biology) A population geographically separated from others of its species that develops significantly different characteristics; an informal term for a subspecies.
- A breed or strain of domesticated animal.
- (figuratively) A category or species of something that has emerged or evolved from an older one (with an implied parallel to animal breeding or evolutionary science).
- The advent of the Internet has brought about a new race of entrepreneur.
- Recent developments in artificial intelligence has brought about a new race of robots that can perform household chores without supervision.
- Peculiar flavour, taste, or strength, as of wine; that quality, or assemblage of qualities, which indicates origin or kind, as in wine; hence, characteristic flavour.
- Characteristic quality or disposition.
From Middle French race, from Italian razza, of uncertain origin.
Some authorities suggest derivation from Old Spanish raza, rasa, from earlier ras, res "head of cattle", from Arabic Ø±Ø£Ø³ (ra's, “head"). This, however, is difficult to support, since Italian razza predates the Spanish word.
Another possible source is Lombardic raiza "line", a literal rendering of Latin linea sanguinis "bloodline of descent". Raiza is of Germanic origin, akin to Old High German reiza "line", Old Norse rÄ«ta "to score, log, outline".
race - Computer Definition
A consortium of European carriers, end users, and universities. In 1987, RACE sponsored project 1022 to demonstrate the feasibility of asynchronous transfer mode (ATM).The result of the RACE initiative was the R1022 ATM Technology Testbed (RATT). RACE project 2061, also known as EXPLOIT, is a more recent RACE project intended to prove the viability of integrated broadband communications (IBC) in the European Union (EU). The National Research and Education Network (NREN) was the first (1990) test-bed ATM network in the United States. Advanced Communications Technologies and Services (ACTS) was developed as the successor program to RACE, and continues that work on ATM networking and some 200 other projects. See also ATM.
(2) (Research And Development of Advanced Communications) A European program of telecommunications R&D introduced in 1987. Over the subsequent 10-year period, more than 100 projects were undertaken.
(3) (Random Access Card Equipment) An early magnetic card mass storage device from RCA that was used with its IBM-compatible Spectra 70 mainframes. The units read and wrote data on a deck of 4x18" cards with a magnetic recording surface. The card was released from the cartridge, passed down a raceway, wrapped around a read/write head and returned. Operating in the late 1960s, the machine jammed frequently, and an operator had to remain nearby to extricate and replace the damaged cards. See CRAM, Data Cell and racetrack memory.