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Definition of run:

  1. A continuing urgent demand; especially, a pressure on a bank or treasury for payment of its notes.
  2. A course; a series; that which continues in a certain course or series; as, a run of good or bad luck.
  3. A number of cards of the same suit in sequence; as, a run of four in hearts.
  4. A pair or set of millstones.
  5. A pleasure excursion; a trip.
  6. A range or extent of ground for feeding stock; as, a sheep run.
  7. A roulade, or series of running tones.
  8. A small stream.
  9. A small stream; a brook; a creek.
  10. A voyage; as, a run to China.
  11. Continued repetition on the stage; - said of a play; as, to have a run of a hundred successive nights.
  12. In baseball, a complete circuit of the bases made by a player, which enables him to score one; in cricket, a passing from one wicket to the other, by which one point is scored; as, a player made three runs; the side went out with two hundred runs.
  13. Melted, or made from molten material; cast in a mold; as, run butter; run iron or lead.
  14. of Run
  15. Smuggled; as, run goods.
  16. 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.
  17. State of being current; currency; popularity.
  18. That which runs or flows in the course of a certain operation, or during a certain time; as, a run of must in wine making; the first run of sap in a maple orchard.
  19. The act of migrating, or ascending a river to spawn; - said of fish; also, an assemblage or school of fishes which migrate, or ascend a river for the purpose of spawning.
  20. The act of running; as, a long run; a good run; a quick run; to go on the run.
  21. The aftermost part of a vessel's hull where it narrows toward the stern, under the quarter.
  22. The distance a ball travels after touching the ground from a stroke.
  23. The distance sailed by a ship; as, a good run; a run of fifty miles.
  24. The greatest degree of swiftness in marching. It is executed upon the same principles as the double- quick, but with greater speed.
  25. The horizontal distance to which a drift may be carried, either by license of the proprietor of a mine or by the nature of the formation; also, the direction which a vein of ore or other substance takes.
  26. The movement communicated to a golf ball by running.
  27. To be charged with, or to contain much of, while flowing; as, the rivers ran blood.
  28. To be in form thus, as a combination of words.
  29. To be played on the stage a number of successive days or nights; as, the piece ran for six months.
  30. To be popularly known; to be generally received.
  31. To become fluid; to melt; to fuse.
  32. To cause to be drawn; to mark out; to indicate; to determine; as, to run a line.
  33. To cause to enter; to thrust; as, to run a sword into or through the body; to run a nail into the foot.
  34. To cause to pass, or evade, offical restrictions; to smuggle; - said of contraband or dutiable goods.
  35. To cause to run ( in the various senses of Run, v. i.); as, to run a horse; to run a stage; to run a machine; to run a rope through a block.
  36. To cause to stand as a candidate for office; to support for office; as, to run some one for Congress.
  37. To conduct; to manage; to carry on; as, to run a factory or a hotel.
  38. To contend in a race; hence, to enter into a contest; to become a candidate; as, to run for Congress.
  39. 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.
  40. To continue without falling due; to hold good; as, a note has thirty days to run.
  41. To creep, as serpents.
  42. To discharge pus or other matter; as, an ulcer runs.
  43. To discharge; to emit; to give forth copiously; to be bathed with; as, the pipe or faucet runs hot water.
  44. To discuss; to continue to think or speak about something; - with on.
  45. To drive or force; to cause, or permit, to be driven.
  46. To encounter or incur, as a danger or risk; as, to run the risk of losing one's life. See To run the chances, below.
  47. To exert continuous activity; to proceed; as, to run through life; to run in a circle.
  48. To extend; to reach; as, the road runs from Philadelphia to New York; the memory of man runneth not to the contrary.
  49. To flee, as from fear or danger.
  50. 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.
  51. To fuse; to shape; to mold; to cast; as, to run bullets, and the like.
  52. To go back and forth from place to place; to ply; as, the stage runs between the hotel and the station.
  53. To go swiftly; to pass at a swift pace; to hasten.
  54. To go through or accomplish by running; as, to run a race; to run a certain career.
  55. To have a course or direction; as, a line runs east and west.
  56. 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.
  57. To have growth or development; as, boys and girls run up rapidly.
  58. To make numerous drafts or demands for payment, as upon a bank; - with on.
  59. To make progress; to proceed; to pass.
  60. To migrate or move in schools; - said of fish; esp., to ascend a river in order to spawn.
  61. 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.
  62. 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.
  63. 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.
  64. To pass or go quickly in thought or conversation; as, to run from one subject to another.
  65. To proceed along a surface; to extend; to spread.
  66. To pursue in thought; to carry in contemplation.
  67. To put at hazard; to venture; to risk.
  68. To sail before the wind, in distinction from reaching or sailing closehauled; - said of vessels.
  69. To sew, as a seam, by passing the needle through material in a continuous line, generally taking a series of stitches on the needle at the same time.
  70. To spread and blend together; to unite; as, colors run in washing.
  71. To steal off; to depart secretly.
  72. To strike ( the ball) in such a way as to cause it to run along the ground, as when approaching a hole.
  73. To tease with sarcasms and ridicule.
  74. To tend, as to an effect or consequence; to incline.
  75. 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.
  76. To turn, as a wheel; to revolve on an axis or pivot; as, a wheel runs swiftly round.


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Usage examples:

  • He did like to see them run.

    - "Exciting Adventures of Mister Robert Robin", Ben Field.
  • How I run on!

    - "The Upton Letters", Arthur Christopher Benson.
  • I couldn't run all the way.

    - "Princess Polly At Play", Amy Brooks.