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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

RUN'NING, ppr.
1. Moving or going with rapidity; flowing.
2. a. Kept for the race; as a running horse.
3. In succession; without any intervening day, year, etc.; as, to visit two days running; to sow land two years running.
4. Discharging pus or other matter; as a running sore.
1. The act of running, or passing with speed.
2. That which runs or flows; as the first running of a still or of cider at the mill.
3. The discharge of an ulcer or other sore.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: (of fluids) moving or issuing in a stream; "as mountain stream with freely running water"; "hovels without running water" [ant: standing]
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" [ant: pass, passing]
4: executed or initiated by running; "running plays worked better than pass plays"; "took a running jump"; "a running start" [ant: standing]
5: measured lengthwise; "cost of lumber per running foot" [syn: linear, running]
6: (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing; "in running (or working) order"; "a functional set of brakes" [syn: running, operative, functional, working] n
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" [syn: 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" [syn: 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 [syn: track, running]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Date: before 12th century 1. a. the action of running b. race 2. physical condition for running 3. management, care II. adjective Date: 14th century 1. cursive, flowing 2. fluid, runny 3. a. incessant, continuous <a running battle> b. made during the course of a process or activity <a running commentary on the game> 4. measured in a straight line <cost of lumber per running foot> 5. a. initiated or performed while running or with a running start <a running catch> <a running jump> b. of, relating to, or being a football play in which the ball is advanced by running rather than by passing <their running game was off> c. designed for use by runners <a running track> <running shoes> 6. fitted or trained for running rather than walking, trotting, or jumping <a running horse> III. adverb Date: 1719 in succession ; consecutively <three days running>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & adj. --n. 1 the action of runners in a race etc. 2 the way a race etc. proceeds. --adj. 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). Phrases and idioms: 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Run Run, v. i. [imp. Ranor 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["a]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). [root]11. Cf. Ember, a., Rennet.] 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. Specifically: 2. Of voluntary or personal action: (a) To go swiftly; to pass at a swift pace; to hasten. ``Ha, ha, the fox!'' and after him they ran. --Chaucer. (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. 24. (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? --Addison. (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. 23. (c) To become fluid; to melt; to fuse. As wax dissolves, as ice begins to run. --Addison. Sussex iron ores run freely in the fire. --Woodward. (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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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. ``A running conquest.'' --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 lowered. Running board, a narrow platform extending along the side of a locomotive.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. Running is the activity of moving fast on foot, especially as a sport. We chose to do cross-country running. ...running shoes. 2. The running of something such as a business is the managing or organizing of it. ...the committee in charge of the day-to-day running of the party. N-SING: the N of n 3. You use running to describe things that continue or keep occurring over a period of time. He also began a running feud with Dean Acheson... = ongoing ADJ: ADJ n 4. A running total is a total which changes because numbers keep being added to it as something progresses. He kept a running tally of who had called him, who had visited, who had sent flowers... ADJ: ADJ n 5. You can use running when indicating that something keeps happening. For example, if something has happened every day for three days, you can say that it has happened for the third day running or for three days running. He said drought had led to severe crop failure for the second year running... ADV: n ADV 6. Running water is water that is flowing rather than standing still. The forest was filled with the sound of running water... ADJ: ADJ n 7. If a house has running water, water is supplied to the house through pipes and taps. ...a house without electricity or running water in a tiny African village. ADJ: ADJ n 8. If someone is in the running for something, they have a good chance of winning or obtaining it. If they are out of the running for something, they have no chance of winning or obtaining it. Until this week he appeared to have ruled himself out of the running because of his age. PHRASE 9. If someone is making the running in a situation, they are more active than the other people involved. (mainly BRIT) Republicans are furious that the Democrats currently seem to be making all the running. PHRASE: V inflects 10. If something such as a system or place is up and running, it is operating normally. We're trying to get the medical facilities up and running again. PHRASE: v-link PHR, PHR after v

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