Race meaning

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A group of people united or classified together on the basis of common history, nationality, or geographic distribution.

The Celtic race.

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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.
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Humans considered as a group.
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A genealogical line; a lineage.
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An extended competition in which participants struggle like runners to be the winner.

The presidential race.

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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.

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Steady or rapid onward movement.

The race of time.

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A groovelike part of a machine in which a moving part slides or rolls.
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Competitive action of any kind, especially when prolonged; hence, career; course of life.
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Race is defined as to compete in a contest of speed.

An example of race is to participate in a marathon.

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A distinguishing or characteristic quality, such as the flavor of a wine.
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(sports) To compete in a contest of speed.
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To move rapidly or at top speed.

We raced home. My heart was racing with fear.

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To run too rapidly due to decreased resistance or unnecessary provision of fuel.

Adjusted the idle to keep the engine from racing.

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To transport rapidly or at top speed; rush.

Raced the injured motorist to the hospital.

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To cause (an engine with the gears disengaged, for example) to run swiftly or too swiftly.
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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.
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Any group of people having the same ancestry; family; clan; lineage.
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(rare) Distinctive flavor, taste, etc., as of wine.
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(historical) Designating or of music, films, etc. featuring black performers and intended mainly for a black audience.
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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.
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A group of people united or classified together on the basis of common history, nationality, or geographic distribution.

The Celtic race.

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A genealogical line; a lineage.
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Humans considered as a group.
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A distinguishing or characteristic quality, such as the flavor of a wine.
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Relating to race; racial.

Race relations; race quotas.

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Any of several extensive human populations associated with broadly defined regions of the world and distinguished from one another on the basis of inheritable physical characteristics, traditionally conceived as including such traits as pigmentation, hair texture, and facial features. Because the number of genes responsible for such physical variations is tiny in comparison to the size of the human genome and because genetic variation among members of a traditionally recognized racial group is generally as great as between two such groups, most scientists now consider race to be primarily a social rather than a scientific concept.
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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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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.

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A progressive movement toward a goal.
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A fast-moving current of water, such as that which powers a mill wheel.
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Swift progress; rapid course; a running.
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The bushings of a rolling element bearing which contacts the rolling elements.
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(intransitive) To take part in a race (in the sense of a contest).

The drivers were racing around the track.

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To compete against in such a race.

I raced him to the car, but he was there first, so he got to ride shotgun.

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(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.

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(intransitive) Of a motor, to run rapidly when not engaged to a transmission.
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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.
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(biology) A population geographically separated from others of its species that develops significantly different characteristics; an informal term for a subspecies.
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A breed or strain of domesticated animal.
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(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.

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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.
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Characteristic quality or disposition.
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A rhizome or root, especially of ginger.
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(chemistry) Denoting a racemic mix or racemate of enantiomers.
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the (human) race
  • all people collectively
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the (human) race

Origin of race

  • 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 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

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

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  • From Middle French, from Latin radix

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