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running (root: run)


Adjective, Noun


Noun running has 5 senses

Adjective running has 6 senses


  •  Moving or advancing by running.  Law.  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Flowing; easy; cursive; as, a running hand.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Continuous; keeping along step by step; as, he stated the facts with a running explanation.  Milton.  [1913 Webster]
    "What are art and science if not a running commentary on Nature?"  [1913 Webster]
  •  Extending by a slender climbing or trailing stem; as, a running vine.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Discharging pus; as, a running sore.  [1913 Webster]
Running block (Mech.), a block in an arrangement of pulleys which rises or sinks with the weight which is raised or lowered. -- Running board, a narrow platform extending along the side of a locomotive.<-- or automobile(pre-1960) --> -- Running bowsprit (Naut.) Same as Reefing bowsprit. -- Running days (Com.), the consecutive days occupied on a voyage under a charter party, including Sundays and not limited to the working days. Simmonds. -- Running fire, a constant fire of musketry or cannon. -- Running gear, the wheels and axles of a vehicle, and their attachments, in distinction from the body; all the working parts of a locomotive or other machine, in distinction from the framework. -- Running hand, a style of rapid writing in which the letters are usually slanted and the words formed without lifting the pen; -- distinguished from round hand. -- Running part (Naut.), that part of a rope that is hauled upon, -- in distinction from the standing part. -- Running rigging (Naut.), that part of a ship's rigging or ropes which passes through blocks, etc.; -- in distinction from standing rigging. -- Running title (Print.), the title of a book or chapter continued from page to page on the upper margin.<-- it may be different, for conciseness, from the full title on the title page. -->
  •  The act of one who, or of that which runs; as, the running was slow.  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
  •  The discharge from an ulcer or other sore.  [1913 Webster]
At long running, in the long run. [Obs.] Jer. Taylor.


running, n. & adj.
1 the action of runners in a race etc.
2 the way a race etc. proceeds.
1 continuing on an essentially continuous basis though changing in detail (a running battle).
2 consecutive; one after another (three days running).
3 done with a run (a running jump).

in (or out of) the running (of a competitor) with a good (or poor) chance of winning. make (or take up) the running take the lead; set the pace. running account a current account. running-board a footboard on either side of a vehicle. running commentary an oral description of events as they occur. running fire successive shots from a line of troops etc. running gear the moving or running parts of a machine, esp. the wheels and suspension of a vehicle. running hand writing in which the pen etc. is not lifted after each letter. running head (or headline) a heading printed at the top of a number of consecutive pages of a book etc. running knot a knot that slips along the rope etc. and changes the size of a noose. running light
1 = navigation light.
2 each of a small set of lights on a motor vehicle that remain illuminated while the vehicle is running.
running mate US
1 a candidate for a secondary position in an election.
2 a horse entered in a race in order to set the pace for another horse from the same stable which is intended to win. running repairs minor or temporary repairs etc. to machinery while in use. running rope a rope that is freely movable through a pulley etc. running sore a suppurating sore.
running stitch
1 a line of small non-overlapping stitches for gathering etc.
2 one of these stitches. running water water flowing in a stream or from a tap etc. take a running jump (esp. as int.) sl. go away.



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