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What does "Run" mean?

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Of Run (a.) Melted, or made from molten material; cast in a mold; as, run butter; run iron or lead (a.) Smuggled; as, run goods (a.) 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 (a.) To be in form thus, as a combination of words (a.) To be played on the stage a number of successive days or nights; as, the piece ran for six months (a.) To be popularly known; to be generally received (a.) To become fluid; to melt; to fuse (a.) To contend in a race; hence, to enter into a contest; to become a candidate; as, to run for Congress (a.) 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 (a.) To continue without falling due; to hold good; as, a note has thirty days to run (a.) To creep, as serpents (a.) To discharge pus or other matter; as, an ulcer runs (a.) To discuss; to continue to think or speak about something; -- with on (a.) To exert continuous activity; to proceed; as, to run through life; to run in a circle (a.) To extend; to reach; as, the road runs from Philadelphia to New York; the memory of man runneth not to the contrary (a.) To flee, as from fear or danger (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 (a.) To go back and forth from place to place; to ply; as, the stage runs between the hotel and the station (a.) To go swiftly; to pass at a swift pace; to hasten (a.) To have a course or direction; as, a line runs east and west (a.) 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 (a.) To have growth or development; as, boys and girls run up rapidly (a.) To make numerous drafts or demands for payment, as upon a bank; -- with on (a.) To make progress; to proceed; to pass (a.) 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 (a.) 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 (a.) 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 (a.) To pass or go quickly in thought or conversation; as, to run from one subject to another (a.) To proceed along a surface; to extend; to spread (a.) To sail before the wind, in distinction from reaching or sailing closehauled; -- said of vessels (a.) To spread and blend together; to unite; as, colors run in washing (a.) To steal off; to depart secretly (a.) To tend, as to an effect or consequence; to incline (a.) 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 (a.) To turn, as a wheel; to revolve on an axis or pivot; as, a wheel runs swiftly round (n.) A continuing urgent demand; especially, a pressure on a bank or treasury for payment of its notes (n.) A course; a series; that which continues in a certain course or series; as, a run of good or bad luck (n.) A pair or set of millstones (n.) A pleasure excursion; a trip (n.) A range or extent of ground for feeding stock; as, a sheep run (n.) A roulade, or series of running tones (n.) A small stream; a brook; a creek (n.) A voyage; as, a run to China (n.) Continued repetition on the stage; -- said of a play; as, to have a run of a hundred successive nights (n.) 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 (n.) State of being current; currency; popularity (n.) 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 (n.) 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 (n.) The act of running; as, a long run; a good run; a quick run; to go on the run (n.) The aftermost part of a vessel's hull where it narrows toward the stern, under the quarter (n.) The distance sailed by a ship; as, a good run; a run of fifty miles (n.) The greatest degree of swiftness in marching. It is executed upon the same principles as the double-quick, but with greater speed (n.) 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 (p. p.) of Run (v. i.) To be charged with, or to contain much of, while flowing; as, the rivers ran blood (v. i.) To cause to be drawn; to mark out; to indicate; to determine; as, to run a line (v. i.) To cause to enter; to thrust; as, to run a sword into or through the body; to run a nail into the foot (v. i.) To cause to pass, or evade, offical restrictions; to smuggle; -- said of contraband or dutiable goods (v. i.) To cause to stand as a candidate for office; to support for office; as, to run some one for Congress (v. i.) To conduct; to manage; to carry on; as, to run a factory or a hotel (v. i.) To discharge; to emit; to give forth copiously; to be bathed with; as, the pipe or faucet runs hot water (v. i.) To drive or force; to cause, or permit, to be driven (v. i.) 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 (v. i.) To fuse; to shape; to mold; to cast; as, to run bullets, and the like (v. i.) To go through or accomplish by running; as, to run a race; to run a certain career (v. i.) To migrate or move in schools; -- said of fish; esp., to ascend a river in order to spawn (v. i.) To pursue in thought; to carry in contemplation (v. i.) To put at hazard; to venture; to risk (v. i.) 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 (v. i.) To tease with sarcasms and ridicule (v. t.) 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


Synonyms lead, go, work, play, drive, lean, course, bleed, pass, test, move, function, range, force, endure, race, discharge, flow, prevail, carry, extend, trial, campaign, tally, ram, guide, tend, persist, streak, melt, unravel, ply, consort, lam, incline, hunt, bunk, ladder, ravel, operate, rill, running, rivulet, die hard, outpouring, scarper, run away, runnel, break away, running game, track down, black market, melt down, footrace, streamlet, run for, hunt down, foot race, turn tail, running play


Example: "The Yankees scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th" Example: "He broke into a run" Example: "The ship made its run in record time" Example: "Take a run into town" Example: "The defensive line braced to stop the run" Example: "The play had a long run on Broadway" Example: "She got a run in her stocking" Example: "A daily run of 100,000 gallons of paint" Example: "He has the run of the house" Example: "The assembly line was on a 12-hour run" Example: "Nicklaus had a run of birdies" Example: "She broke the record for the half-mile run" Example: "He is raising money for a Senate run" Example: "These dyes and colors are guaranteed not to run" Example: "If you see this man, run!" Example: "Run the dogs" Example: "Who are these people running around in the building?" Example: "Run the dishwasher" Example: "Musical talent runs in the family" Example: "The film runs 5 hours" Example: "Service runs all the way to Cranbury" Example: "Run the wire behind the cabinet" Example: "Run a temperature" Example: "The story or argument runs as follows" Example: "Run a subject" Example: "Run amok" Example: "The car is still running--turn it off!" Example: "Run an errand" Example: "Don't run--you'll be out of breath" Example: "Run to the store!" Example: "The heifers run with the bulls ot produce offspring" Example: "She is running a relief operation in the Sudan" Example: "Interest rates run from 5 to 10 percent" Example: "Her nylons were running" Example: "He is running the Marathon this year" Example: "Who's running for treasurer this year?" Example: "The dogs are running deer" Example: "Run through your presentation before the meeting" Example: "These dresses run small" Example: "Does this old car still run well?"


Word Family ran, rans, rerun, rerunning, reruns, runner, runners, runnier, runniest, runnin, running, runny, runs