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English Dictionary: running by the DICT Development Group
4 results for running
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. (of fluids) moving or issuing in a stream; "as mountain stream with freely running water"; "hovels without running water"
    Antonym(s): standing(a)
  2. continually repeated over a period of time; "a running joke among us"
  3. of advancing the ball by running; "the team's running plays worked better than its pass plays"
    Antonym(s): pass(a), passing(a)
  4. executed or initiated by running; "running plays worked better than pass plays"; "took a running jump"; "a running start"
    Antonym(s): standing(a)
  5. measured lengthwise; "cost of lumber per running foot"
    Synonym(s): linear, running(a)
  6. (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing; "in running (or working) order"; "a functional set of brakes"
    Synonym(s): running(a), operative, functional, working(a)
  1. (American football) a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team; "the defensive line braced to stop the run"; "the coach put great emphasis on running"
    Synonym(s): run, running, running play, running game
  2. the act of running; traveling on foot at a fast pace; "he broke into a run"; "his daily run keeps him fit"
    Synonym(s): run, running
  3. the state of being in operation; "the engine is running smoothly"
  4. the act of administering or being in charge of something; "he has responsibility for the running of two companies at the same time"
  5. the act of participating in an athletic competition involving running on a track
    Synonym(s): track, running
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Run \Run\, v. i. [imp. {Ran}or {Run}; p. p. {Run}; p. pr. & vb.
      n. {Running}.] [OE. rinnen, rennen (imp. ran, p. p. runnen,
      ronnen). AS. rinnan to flow (imp. ran, p. p. gerunnen), and
      iernan, irnan, to run (imp. orn, arn, earn, p. p. urnen);
      akin to D. runnen, rennen, OS. & OHG. rinnan, G. rinnen,
      rennen, Icel. renna, rinna, Sw. rinna, r[84]nna, Dan. rinde,
      rende, Goth. rinnan, and perh. to L. oriri to rise, Gr. [?]
      to stir up, rouse, Skr. [?] (cf. {Origin}), or perh. to L.
      rivus brook (cf. {Rival}). [fb]11. Cf. {Ember}, a.,
      1. To move, proceed, advance, pass, go, come, etc., swiftly,
            smoothly, or with quick action; -- said of things animate
            or inanimate. Hence, to flow, glide, or roll onward, as a
            stream, a snake, a wagon, etc.; to move by quicker action
            than in walking, as a person, a horse, a dog.
      2. Of voluntary or personal action:
            (a) To go swiftly; to pass at a swift pace; to hasten.
                           [bd]Ha, ha, the fox![b8] and after him they ran.
            (b) To flee, as from fear or danger.
                           As from a bear a man would run for life. --Shak.
            (c) To steal off; to depart secretly.
                           My conscience will serve me to run from this
                           jew.                                             --Shak.
            (d) To contend in a race; hence, to enter into a contest;
                  to become a candidate; as, to run for Congress.
                           Know ye not that they which run in a race run
                           all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that
                           ye may obtain.                              --1 Cor. ix.
            (e) To pass from one state or condition to another; to
                  come into a certain condition; -- often with in or
                  into; as, to run into evil practices; to run in debt.
                           Have I not cause to rave and beat my breast, to
                           rend my heart with grief and run distracted?
            (f) To exert continuous activity; to proceed; as, to run
                  through life; to run in a circle.
            (g) To pass or go quickly in thought or conversation; as,
                  to run from one subject to another.
                           Virgil, in his first Georgic, has run into a set
                           of precepts foreign to his subject. --Addison.
            (h) To discuss; to continue to think or speak about
                  something; -- with on.
            (i) To make numerous drafts or demands for payment, as
                  upon a bank; -- with on.
            (j) To creep, as serpents.
      3. Of involuntary motion:
            (a) To flow, as a liquid; to ascend or descend; to course;
                  as, rivers run to the sea; sap runs up in the spring;
                  her blood ran cold.
            (b) To proceed along a surface; to extend; to spread.
                           The fire ran along upon the ground. --Ex. ix.
            (c) To become fluid; to melt; to fuse.
                           As wax dissolves, as ice begins to run.
                           Sussex iron ores run freely in the fire.
            (d) To turn, as a wheel; to revolve on an axis or pivot;
                  as, a wheel runs swiftly round.
            (e) To travel; to make progress; to be moved by mechanical
                  means; to go; as, the steamboat runs regularly to
                  Albany; the train runs to Chicago.
            (f) To extend; to reach; as, the road runs from
                  Philadelphia to New York; the memory of man runneth
                  not to the contrary.
                           She saw with joy the line immortal run, Each
                           sire impressed, and glaring in his son. --Pope.
            (g) To go back and forth from place to place; to ply; as,
                  the stage runs between the hotel and the station.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Running \Run"ning\, a.
      1. Moving or advancing by running. Specifically, of a horse;
            (a) Having a running gait; not a trotter or pacer.
            (b) trained and kept for running races; as, a running
                  horse. --Law.
      2. Successive; one following the other without break or
            intervention; -- said of periods of time; as, to be away
            two days running; to sow land two years running.
      3. Flowing; easy; cursive; as, a running hand.
      4. Continuous; keeping along step by step; as, he stated the
            facts with a running explanation. [bd]A running
            conquest.[b8] --Milton.
                     What are art and science if not a running commentary
                     on Nature?                                          --Hare.
      5. (Bot.) Extending by a slender climbing or trailing stem;
            as, a running vine.
      6. (Med.) Discharging pus; as, a running sore.
      {Running block} (Mech.), a block in an arrangement of pulleys
            which rises or sinks with the weight which is raised or
      {Running board}, a narrow platform extending along the side
            of a locomotive.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Running \Run"ning\, n.
      The act of one who, or of that which runs; as, the running
      was slow.
      2. That which runs or flows; the quantity of a liquid which
            flows in a certain time or during a certain operation; as,
            the first running of a still.
      3. The discharge from an ulcer or other sore.
      {At long running}, in the long run. [Obs.] --Jer. Taylor.
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