- The definition of running is moving, flowing or operating.
An example of something running is a train that is operating.
- Running is defined as done consecutively.
An example of running used as an adverb is in the phrase "for seven years running," which means going on for seven years in a row.
- Running means the act of racing or managing, or the condition of a track for racing.
- An example of running is being in charge of a church festival.
- An example of running is the state of a racetrack before a big race.
- the act of a person or thing that runs (in various senses); racing, managing, proceeding, etc.
- the condition of a track with reference to its use in a race
- that which runs, or flows
- the amount or quantity that runs
- moving, passing, or advancing rapidly
- run at a rapid gait: a running race
- trained to race at this gait: said of a horse
- flowing: running water
- cursive: said of handwriting
- melting; becoming liquid or fluid
- discharging liquid; esp., discharging pus, etc.: a running sore
- creeping or climbing: said of plants
- going, or in operation, as machinery
- in a straight line; linear: said of measurement: a running foot
- going on, extending, etc. without interruption; continuous: a running commentary, a running pattern
- prevalent: running costs
- in progress; current: a running account
- concurrent; simultaneous: a running translation
- moving or going easily or smoothly
- moving when pulled, as a rope
- done in a run with a running start: a running jump
- of the normal run (of a train, bus, etc.): running time
- of or appropriate for running for exercise or sport: a running shoe
in (or out of) the running
- The act or an instance of running.
- The power or ability to run.
- Sports The exercise or sport of someone who runs.
- Ongoing over a period of time: a running conversation; a running joke among us.
- Set in continuous or unbroken lines: running text.
- Printed at the top or bottom of every page or every other page: a running title; a running footer.
- Moving or advancing by running.
- successive; one following the other without break or intervention
- to be away two days running
- Flowing; easy; cursive.
- running handwriting
- Continuous; keeping along step by step.
- a running explanation
- (botany) Extending by a slender climbing or trailing stem.
- a running vine
- (medicine) Discharging pus.
- a running sore
- (informal) consecutively; in a row
- Mom's strawberry jam won the blue ribbon at the Holland County Fair three years running.
- The action of the verb to run.
- His running of the business leaves something to be desired.
- The activity of running as a form of exercise, as a sport, or for any other reason
- Running is good exercise.
- That which runs or flows; the quantity of a liquid which flows in a certain time or during a certain operation.
- the first running of a still
- The discharge from an ulcer or other sore.
- Present participle of run.
Variant of run
intransitive verbran or Dialectalrun, run, running
- to go by moving the legs rapidly, faster than in walking, and (in a two-legged animal) in such a way that for an instant both feet are off the ground
- to go rapidly; move swiftly
- to resort (to) for aid: always running to the police
- to associate or consort (with)
- to go, move, grow, etc. easily and freely, without hindrance or restraint
- to go away rapidly; flee
- to make a quick trip (up to, down to, over to, etc. a specified place) for a brief stay
- to take part in a contest or race
- ☆ to be a candidate in an election
- to finish a contest or race in the specified position: to run last
- to swim in migration, as upstream or inshore for spawning, etc.: said of fish
- to go, as on a schedule; ply between two points: a bus that runs between Chicago and Detroit
- to go or pass lightly and rapidly: his eyes ran over the page
- to be current; circulate: a rumor running through the town
- to climb or creep: said of plants: a vine running over the wall
- to move continuously or incessantly: often used figuratively: his tongue ran on and on
- to ravel lengthwise in a knitted fabric
- to function or operate with or as with parts that revolve, slide, etc.: a machine that is running
- to recur or return to the mind
- to flow: a running stream
- to melt and flow: the wax ran
- to spread when put on a surface, as a liquid
- to spread over or be diffused through cloth, etc. when moistened, as colors
- to be subject to such spreading of color, as fabric
- to be wet or covered with a flow: eyes running with tears
- to give passage to a fluid; specif.,
- to discharge pus, mucus, etc.
- to leak, as a faucet
- to elapse: the days ran into weeks
- to appear in print, as in a newspaper
- to appear or be presented continuously or in a continuing series: a play that ran for a year
- to continue in effect or force: a law running for twenty years
- to continue to occur; recur: talent runs in the family
- to be characterized by having, producing, using, etc.: with to: their taste runs to exotic foods
- to extend in or as in a continuous line: a fence running through the woods
- to include so as to show variety: with from and to: a repertoire running from tragedy to comedy
- to pass into a specified condition, situation, etc.: to run into trouble
- to sail or float (aground, etc.): said of a ship
- to be written, expressed, played, etc. in a specified way: the adage runs like this
- to be or continue at a specified size, price, amount, etc.: apples running four to the pound
- Naut. to sail with the wind coming from astern
Origin of runaltered (with vowel probably influenced, influence by past participle ) ; from Middle English rinnen, rennen ; from Old Norse and amp; OE: Old Norse rinna, to flow, run, renna, to cause to run (; from Germanic an unverified form rannjan); Old English rinnan, iornan: both ; from Germanic an unverified form renwo ; from Indo-European base an unverified form er-, to set in motion, excite from source raise, Classical Latin origo, origin
- to run along or follow (a specified course or route)
- to travel over; cover by running, driving, etc.: horses ran the range
- to do or perform by or as by running: to run a race
- to subject oneself to (a risk); incur
- to get past or escape by going through: to run a blockade
- to go past or through without making a required stop: to run a stop sign or a red light
- to pursue or hunt (game, etc.)
- to compete with in or as in a race; vie with
- to enter (a horse, etc.) in a race
- ☆ to put up or support as a candidate for election
- to make run, move, operate, etc.
- to cause to go between points, as on a schedule
- to cause (a motor or engine) to idle for a while
- to make (a stocking) run
- to bring, lead, or force into a specified condition, situation, etc. by or as by running: to run oneself into debt
- to carry or convey, as in a ship or vehicle; transport
- to carry (taxable or outlawed goods) in or out illegally; smuggle
- to drive, force, or thrust (an object) into, through, or against (something)
- to make go, move, pass, flow, etc., esp. rapidly, in a specified way, direction, place, etc.: to run water into a glass
- ☆ to be in charge of; manage: to run a household
- ☆ to keep, feed, or graze (livestock)
- to perform the steps of (an experiment, test, etc.)
- to cause to undergo a test, procedure, process, etc.
- to cost (an amount): boots that run $20
- to mark, draw, or trace (lines, as on a map)
- to extend, pass, or trace in a specified way or direction: to run a story back to its source
- to undergo or be affected by (a fever, etc.)
- to flow with, discharge, or pour forth: gutters running blood
- to melt, fuse, or smelt (ore)
- to cast or mold, as from molten metal; found
- ☆ to print; esp., to publish (an advertisement, story, etc.) in a newspaper or magazine
- Billiards to complete successfully (a specified number of strokes, shots, etc.) in uninterrupted sequence
- Bridge to lead consecutively the remaining cards of (an established suit)
- Comput. to cause (a program, software, etc.) to operate or start operating
- Golf to cause (a ball) to roll, esp. on a green
- an act or period of running or moving rapidly
- a race for runners
- a running pace; rapid gait
- capacity for running
- the distance covered or time spent in running
- a trip; journey; esp.,
- a single, customary, or regular trip, as of a train, ship, or plane
- a quick trip, esp. for a brief stay
- route (sense )
- movement onward, progression, or trend: the run of events
- a continuous course or period of a specified condition, action, etc.: a run of good luck
- direction or course, as of the grain of wood, a vein of ore, etc.
- a continuous course of performances, showings, etc.: a play that had a run of a year
- a series of continued, sudden, or urgent requests or demands, as by customers for certain goods, or by bank depositors for their funds
- a period of being in public demand or favor
- a continuous series or sequence, as three or more cards in unbroken order in one suit
- a continuous extent of something
- a flow or rush of water, etc., as of the tide
- a small, swift stream, as a brook or rivulet
- a period during which some fluid flows readily
- the amount of flow
- Slang diarrhea: with the
- a period of operation of a machine
- the output during this period
- a kind, sort, or class, as of goods
- the ordinary, usual, or average kind or type
- something in, on, or along which something else runs; specif.,
- an inclined pathway or course: a ski run
- a track, channel, trough, pipe, etc.
- an enclosed area in which domestic animals or fowl can move about freely or feed: a chicken run
- in Australia, a large grazing area or ranch
- a well-defined trail or path made and used by animals: a buffalo run
- freedom to use all the facilities or move freely in any part (of a place): to have the run of an estate
- a number of animals in motion together
- a large number of fish migrating together, as upstream or inshore for spawning
- such migration of fish
- ☆ a ravel lengthwise in something knitted, as in hosiery
- ☆ Baseball a point scored whenever a base runner successfully touches all four bases in the proper order without being out
- Billiards an uninterrupted sequence of successful strokes, shots, etc.
- Cricket a scoring point, made by a successful running of both batsmen from one wicket to the other
- Mil. the approach to the target made by an airplane in bombing, strafing, etc.
- Comput. one execution of a program
- Music a rapid succession of tones, as a roulade
- Naut. the after part of a ship's bottom, from where it starts to curve up and in toward the stern
- melted; made liquid
- poured or molded while in a melted state: run metal
- drained or extracted, as honey
- having migrated and spawned: said of fish
a run for one's money
- powerful competition
- some satisfaction for what one has expended, as in betting on a near winner in a race
in the long run
in the short run
on the run
- hurrying from place to place or task to task
- running away; in retreat
- to pursue or follow
- Informal to seek the company or companionship of
- to flee
- to desert one's home or family
- to escape and run loose, as a horse
run away with
- to depart and take with one; esp., to steal
- to carry out of control: his enthusiasm ran away with him
- to outdo greatly all other contestants or performers in
- to get (a prize, honors, etc.) in this way
- to cease to run, or stop operating, as a mechanical device, through lack of power
- to run, ride, or drive against so as to knock down
- to pursue and capture or kill
- to search out the source of
- to speak of slightingly or injuriously; disparage
- to lessen or lower in worth, quality, etc.; make or become run-down
- to read through rapidly
- ☆ Baseball to catch and tag (a base runner trapped between two bases)
run for it
- to include or insert, as something additional
- Informal to make a brief stop or visit at a place
- ☆ Slang to take into legal custody; arrest
- Printing to make continuous without a break or paragraph
- to encounter by chance
- to run, ride, or drive against so as to hit; collide with
- to add up to (a large sum of money)also run to
- ☆ to print, typewrite, make copies of, etc.
- to cause to be run, performed, played, etc.
- to decide the winner of (a race, etc.) by a runoff
- to drive (animals, trespassers, etc.) off or away
- to flow off; drain
- run away
- to continue or be continued
- Printing to continue without a break or new paragraph
- to add (something) at the end
- to talk continuously
- to come to an end; expire or become used up, exhausted, etc.
- to force to leave; drive out
run out of
run out on
run out the clock☆
- to ride or drive over as with an automobile
- to overflow
- to go beyond a limit
- to examine, rehearse, etc. rapidly or casually
- to use up, spend, etc. quickly or recklessly
- to pierce
- run over (sense )
- to raise, rise, make, or build rapidly
- to let (bills, debts, etc.) accumulate
- to sew with a rapid succession of stitches