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5 definitions found
 for Running
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Run \Run\ (r[u^]n), v. i. [imp. Ran (r[a^]n) 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[aum]nna,
     Dan. rinde, rende, Goth. rinnan, and perh. to L. oriri to
     rise, Gr. 'orny`nai to stir up, rouse, Skr. [.r] (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.
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     2. Of voluntary or personal action:
        (a) To go swiftly; to pass at a swift pace; to hasten.
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                  "Ha, ha, the fox!" and after him they ran.
                                                    --Chaucer.
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        (b) To flee, as from fear or danger.
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                  As from a bear a man would run for life. --Shak.
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        (c) To steal off; to depart secretly.
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        (d) To contend in a race; hence, to enter into a contest;
            to become a candidate; as, to run for Congress.
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                  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.
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        (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.
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                  Have I not cause to rave and beat my breast, to
                  rend my heart with grief and run distracted?
                                                    --Addison.
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        (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.
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                  Virgil, in his first Georgic, has run into a set
                  of precepts foreign to his subject. --Addison.
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        (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.
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     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.
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                  The fire ran along upon the ground. --Ex. ix.
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        (c) To become fluid; to melt; to fuse.
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                  As wax dissolves, as ice begins to run.
                                                    --Addison.
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                  Sussex iron ores run freely in the fire.
                                                    --Woodward.
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        (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.
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                  She saw with joy the line immortal run,
                  Each sire impressed, and glaring in his son.
                                                    --Pope.
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        (g) To go back and forth from place to place; to ply; as,
            the stage runs between the hotel and the station.
        (h) To make progress; to proceed; to pass.
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                  As fast as our time runs, we should be very glad
                  in most part of our lives that it ran much
                  faster.                           --Addison.
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        (i) To continue in operation; to be kept in action or
            motion; as, this engine runs night and day; the mill
            runs six days in the week.
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                  When we desire anything, our minds run wholly on
                  the good circumstances of it; when it is
                  obtained, our minds run wholly on the bad ones.
                                                    --Swift.
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        (j) To have a course or direction; as, a line runs east
            and west.
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                  Where the generally allowed practice runs
                  counter to it.                    --Locke.
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                  Little is the wisdom, where the flight
                  So runs against all reason.       --Shak.
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        (k) To be in form thus, as a combination of words.
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                  The king's ordinary style runneth, "Our
                  sovereign lord the king."         --Bp.
                                                    Sanderson.
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        (l) To be popularly known; to be generally received.
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                  Men gave them their own names, by which they run
                  a great while in Rome.            --Sir W.
                                                    Temple.
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                  Neither was he ignorant what report ran of
                  himself.                          --Knolles.
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        (m) To have growth or development; as, boys and girls run
            up rapidly.
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                  If the richness of the ground cause turnips to
                  run to leaves.                    --Mortimer.
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        (n) To tend, as to an effect or consequence; to incline.
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                  A man's nature runs either to herbs or weeds.
                                                    --Bacon.
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                  Temperate climates run into moderate
                  governments.                      --Swift.
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        (o) To spread and blend together; to unite; as, colors run
            in washing.
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                  In the middle of a rainbow the colors are . . .
                  distinguished, but near the borders they run
                  into one another.                 --I. Watts.
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        (p) To have a legal course; to be attached; to continue in
            force, effect, or operation; to follow; to go in
            company; as, certain covenants run with the land.
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                  Customs run only upon our goods imported or
                  exported, and that but once for all; whereas
                  interest runs as well upon our ships as goods,
                  and must be yearly paid.          --Sir J.
                                                    Child.
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        (q) To continue without falling due; to hold good; as, a
            note has thirty days to run.
        (r) To discharge pus or other matter; as, an ulcer runs.
        (s) To be played on the stage a number of successive days
            or nights; as, the piece ran for six months.
        (t) (Naut.) To sail before the wind, in distinction from
            reaching or sailing closehauled; -- said of vessels.
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     4. Specifically, of a horse: To move rapidly in a gait in
        which each leg acts in turn as a propeller and a
        supporter, and in which for an instant all the limbs are
        gathered in the air under the body. --Stillman (The Horse
        in Motion).
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     5. (Athletics) To move rapidly by springing steps so that
        there is an instant in each step when neither foot touches
        the ground; -- so distinguished from walking in athletic
        competition.
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     As things run, according to the usual order, conditions,
        quality, etc.; on the average; without selection or
        specification.
  
     To let run (Naut.), to allow to pass or move freely; to
        slacken or loosen.
  
     To run after, to pursue or follow; to search for; to
        endeavor to find or obtain; as, to run after similes.
        --Locke.
  
     To run away, to flee; to escape; to elope; to run without
        control or guidance.
  
     To run away with.
        (a) To convey away hurriedly; to accompany in escape or
            elopement.
        (b) To drag rapidly and with violence; as, a horse runs
            away with a carriage.
  
     To run down.
        (a) To cease to work or operate on account of the
            exhaustion of the motive power; -- said of clocks,
            watches, etc.
        (b) To decline in condition; as, to run down in health.
  
     To run down a coast, to sail along it.
  
     To run for an office, to stand as a candidate for an
        office.
  
     To run in or To run into.
        (a) To enter; to step in.
        (b) To come in collision with.
  
     To run into To meet, by chance; as, I ran into my brother
        at the grocery store.
  
     To run in trust, to run in debt; to get credit. [Obs.]
  
     To run in with.
        (a) To close; to comply; to agree with. [R.] --T. Baker.
        (b) (Naut.) To make toward; to near; to sail close to; as,
            to run in with the land.
  
     To run mad, To run mad after or To run mad on. See
        under Mad.
  
     To run on.
        (a) To be continued; as, their accounts had run on for a
            year or two without a settlement.
        (b) To talk incessantly.
        (c) To continue a course.
        (d) To press with jokes or ridicule; to abuse with
            sarcasm; to bear hard on.
        (e) (Print.) To be continued in the same lines, without
            making a break or beginning a new paragraph.
  
     To run out.
        (a) To come to an end; to expire; as, the lease runs out
            at Michaelmas.
        (b) To extend; to spread. "Insectile animals . . . run all
            out into legs." --Hammond.
        (c) To expatiate; as, to run out into beautiful
            digressions.
        (d) To be wasted or exhausted; to become poor; to become
            extinct; as, an estate managed without economy will
            soon run out.
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                  And had her stock been less, no doubt
                  She must have long ago run out.   --Dryden.
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     To run over.
        (a) To overflow; as, a cup runs over, or the liquor runs
            over.
        (b) To go over, examine, or rehearse cursorily.
        (c) To ride or drive over; as, to run over a child.
  
     To run riot, to go to excess.
  
     To run through.
        (a) To go through hastily; as to run through a book.
        (b) To spend wastefully; as, to run through an estate.
  
     To run to seed, to expend or exhaust vitality in producing
        seed, as a plant; figuratively and colloquially, to cease
        growing; to lose vital force, as the body or mind.
  
     To run up, to rise; to swell; to grow; to increase; as,
        accounts of goods credited run up very fast.
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              But these, having been untrimmed for many years, had
              run up into great bushes, or rather dwarf trees.
                                                    --Sir W.
                                                    Scott.
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     To run with.
        (a) To be drenched with, so that streams flow; as, the
            streets ran with blood.
        (b) To flow while charged with some foreign substance.
            "Its rivers ran with gold." --J. H. Newman.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     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.
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     3. Flowing; easy; cursive; as, a running hand.
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     4. Continuous; keeping along step by step; as, he stated the
        facts with a running explanation. "A running conquest."
        --Milton.
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              What are art and science if not a running commentary
              on Nature?                            --Hare.
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     5. (Bot.) Extending by a slender climbing or trailing stem;
        as, a running vine.
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     6. (Med.) Discharging pus; as, a running sore.
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     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Running \Run"ning\, n.
     The act of one who, or of that which runs; as, the running
     was slow.
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     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.
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     3. The discharge from an ulcer or other sore.
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     At long running, in the long run. [Obs.] --Jer. Taylor.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

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

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  374 Moby Thesaurus words for "running":
     acting, action, active, activity, actual, actuation, affluent,
     agency, agile, alive, articulated, as is, ascending, at work,
     authority, autograph, autographic, average, axial, back,
     back-flowing, backward, being, besetting, breakneck, calligraphic,
     candidacy, candidature, care, catenated, ceaseless, charge,
     chirographic, colliquation, command, common, competition,
     concatenated, conduct, confluent, connected, consecutively,
     constant, contemporaneous, contemporary, contest, continual,
     continually, continued, continuing, continuous, continuously,
     control, coursing, current, cursive, cyclical, dashing,
     decoagulation, decurrent, defluent, deliquescence, deliquium,
     descending, diffluent, direct, direction, dissolution, dissolving,
     dominant, double-quick, down-trending, downward, drifting, driving,
     dynamic, dynamics, eagle-winged, effortless, endless, engrossed,
     epidemic, event, execution, exercise, existent, existing,
     expeditious, express, extant, fast, featureless, festering, fleet,
     flowing, fluent, fluidification, fluidization, fluxional, fluxive,
     flying, fresh, functional, functioning, fusibility, fusing, fusion,
     galloping, game, gapless, gleet, going, going on, governance,
     government, graphic, graphoanalytic, graphologic, graphometric,
     guidance, gulfy, gushing, gyrational, gyratory, hair-trigger,
     hand running, handling, hasty, headlong, holograph, holographic,
     husbandry, hustling, ichor, immanent, immediate, in Indian file,
     in a chain, in a line, in a row, in a series, in column,
     in exercise, in file, in force, in hand, in longhand, in operation,
     in play, in practice, in process, in shorthand, in single file,
     in succession, in the works, in turn, in writing, inaction,
     incessant, inscribed, instant, intendance, interminable, italic,
     italicized, joined, jointless, kinematics, kinesipathy, kinesis,
     kinesitherapy, kinetics, latest, leaching, lead, leading,
     leukorrhea, light of heel, light-footed, linked, liquation,
     liquefaction, liquescence, liquescency, live, lively, lixiviation,
     longhand, management, managery, managing, manipulation, manuscript,
     match, matter, mattering, mazy, meandering, meet, melting,
     mercurial, mobilization, modern, monotonous, motion, motivation,
     mounting, move, movement, moving, never-ending, new, night and day,
     nimble, nimble-footed, nonstop, normal, occupation, on foot,
     on paper, on the fire, ongoing, operancy, operating, operation,
     operational, operative, ordering, ordinary, pandemic, passing,
     peccant humor, penciled, penned, percolation, perennial,
     performance, performing, periodic, perpetual, pilotage, plunging,
     popular, pouring, practice, precipitate, predominant,
     predominating, present, present-age, present-day, present-time,
     prevailing, prevalent, printed, profluent, progressive,
     progressively, prompt, purulence, pus, quick, quick as lightning,
     quick as thought, race, racing, rampant, rankling, rapid, reckless,
     recurrent, reflowing, refluent, regnant, regressive, regulation,
     reigning, repetitive, responsibility, restlessness, retrogressive,
     rife, rising, rotary, rotational, rotatory, round-the-clock,
     routine, ruling, running for office, rushing, sanies, scriptorial,
     scriptural, seamless, sequentially, serially, seriatim, serpentine,
     serried, shorthand, sideward, sinking, sluggish, smooth, snappy,
     soaring, solubilization, solution, spanking, speedy, stable,
     standard, standing, standing for office, steady, steerage,
     steering, step by step, stereotyped, stir, stirring, straight,
     streaming, stylographic, successively, superintendence,
     superintendency, supervision, suppuration, surging, surgy,
     sustained, swift, that be, that is, thaw, thawing, the conn,
     the helm, the wheel, thermoplasticity, tidal, topical, tournament,
     turn about, twenty-four-hour, unbroken, unceasing, unclotting,
     undifferentiated, unending, uniform, unintermitted, unintermittent,
     unintermitting, uninterrupted, uninterruptedly, unrelieved,
     unremitting, unrest, unstopped, up-to-date, up-to-the-minute,
     up-trending, upward, usual, velocity, vortical, winged, work,
     working, workings, written
  
  

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