Race Definition

rās
raced, races, racing
noun
races
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 races b) blood types c) genetic code patterns d) all their inherited characteristics which are unique to their isolated breeding population.
Webster's New World
The state of belonging to such a population.
Webster's New World
A group of people united or classified together on the basis of common history, nationality, or geographic distribution.
The Celtic race.
American Heritage Medicine
The qualities, traits, etc. belonging, or supposedly belonging, to such a population.
Webster's New World
Humans considered as a group.
American Heritage Medicine
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verb
raced, races, racing
To compete in a contest of speed.
American Heritage
To move rapidly or at top speed.
We raced home. My heart was racing with fear.
American Heritage
To run too rapidly due to decreased resistance or unnecessary provision of fuel.
Adjusted the idle to keep the engine from racing.
American Heritage
To compete against in a race.
American Heritage
To cause to compete in a race.
She races horses for a living.
American Heritage
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adjective
Designating or of music, films, etc. featuring black performers and intended mainly for a black audience.
Webster's New World
Relating to race; racial.
Race relations; race quotas.
American Heritage Medicine
anagram
Wiktionary
Wiktionary
prefix

(chemistry) Denoting a racemic mix or racemate of enantiomers.

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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.

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idiom
the (human) race
  • all people collectively
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Race

Noun

Singular:
race
Plural:
races

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Race

  • the (human) race

Origin of Race

  • From Middle English race, from Old Norse rás (“a running, race"), from Proto-Germanic *rÄ“sō (“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 râs (“a strong current"). Compare Danish ræs, Norwegian and Swedish ras.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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".

    From Wiktionary

  • Some authorities suggest derivation from Old Spanish raza, rasa, from earlier ras, res "head of cattle", from Arabic رأس (ra's, “head"). This, however, is difficult to support, since Italian razza predates the Spanish word.

    From Wiktionary

  • A third possibility is that the Italian razza derives from Latin ratio through an unattested intermediate form *razzo.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English ras from Old Norse rās rush, running ers- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French from Old French from Old Italian razza race, lineage

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French race, from Italian razza, of uncertain origin.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle French, from Latin radix

    From Wiktionary

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