• WordNet 3.6
    • v race compete in a race "he is running the Marathon this year","let's race and see who gets there first"
    • v race move fast "He rushed down the hall to receive his guests","The cars raced down the street"
    • v race cause to move fast or to rush or race "The psychologist raced the rats through a long maze"
    • v race to work as fast as possible towards a goal, sometimes in competition with others "We are racing to find a cure for AIDS"
    • n race a canal for a current of water
    • n race a contest of speed "the race is to the swift"
    • n race any competition "the race for the presidency"
    • n race people who are believed to belong to the same genetic stock "some biologists doubt that there are important genetic differences between races of human beings"
    • n race (biology) a taxonomic group that is a division of a species; usually arises as a consequence of geographical isolation within a species
    • n race the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller
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Additional illustrations & photos:

On the Race Track On the Race Track
Our racing correspondent writes that Mr. LLOYD GEORGE is having some difficulty with his string Our racing correspondent writes that Mr. LLOYD GEORGE is having some difficulty with his string

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first Olympic games only had one event - a foot race
    • Race (Mach) A channel or guide along which a shuttle is driven back and forth, as in a loom, sewing machine, etc.
    • race A game, match, etc., open only to losers in early stages of contests.
    • Race A progress; a course; a movement or progression.
    • n Race rās A root. "A race or two of ginger."
    • Race A strong or rapid current of water, or the channel or passage for such a current; a powerful current or heavy sea, sometimes produced by the meeting of two tides; as, the Portland Race; the Race of Alderney.
    • Race (Bot) A variety of such fixed character that it may be propagated by seed.
    • Race Company; herd; breed. "For do but note a wild and wanton herd,
      Or race of youthful and unhandled colts,
      Fetching mad bounds."
    • Race Competitive action of any kind, especially when prolonged; hence, career; course of life. "My race of glory run, and race of shame."
    • Race Esp., swift progress; rapid course; a running. "The flight of many birds is swifter than the race of any beasts."
    • Race Hence, characteristic quality or disposition. "And now I give my sensual race the rein.""Some . . . great race of fancy or judgment."
    • Race Hence: The act or process of running in competition; a contest of speed in any way, as in running, riding, driving, skating, rowing, sailing; in the plural, usually, a meeting for contests in the running of horses; as, he attended the races . "The race is not to the swift.""I wield the gauntlet, and I run the race ."
    • Race Peculiar flavor, taste, or strength, as of wine; that quality, or assemblage of qualities, which indicates origin or kind, as in wine; hence, characteristic flavor; smack. "A race of heaven.""Is it [the wine] of the right race ?"
    • Race The current of water that turns a water wheel, or the channel in which it flows; a mill race.
    • Race The descendants of a common ancestor; a family, tribe, people, or nation, believed or presumed to belong to the same stock; a lineage; a breed. "The whole race of mankind.""Whence the long race of Alban fathers come."
    • Race To cause to contend in a race; to drive at high speed; as, to race horses.
    • v. t Race rās To raze.
    • Race To run a race with.
    • Race To run swiftly; to contend in a race; as, the animals raced over the ground; the ships raced from port to port.
    • Race (Steam Mach) To run too fast at times, as a marine engine or screw, when the screw is lifted out of water by the action of a heavy sea.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An estimated $1 million is lost at race tracks each year by people who lose or carelessly throw away winning tickets.
    • n race A rush; running; swift course.
    • n race A course which has to be run, passed over, or gone through; onward movement or progression; career.
    • n race A contest of speed; a competitive trial of speed, especially in running, but also in riding, driving, sailing, rowing, walking, or any mode of progression. The plural, used absolutely, commonly means a series of horse-races run at a set time over a regular course: as, to go to the races; the Epsom races.
    • n race Course, as of events; progress.
    • n race Struggle; conflict; tumult; trouble.
    • n race Course; line of onward movement; way; route.
    • race To run swiftly; run in, or as if engaged in, a contest of speed.
    • race To run with uncontrolled speed; go or revolve wildly or with improper acceleration: said of a steam-engine, a wheel, a ship's screw, or the like, when resistance is diminished without corresponding diminution of power.
    • race To practise horse-racing as an occupation; be engaged in the business of running horses.
    • race To cause to run or move swiftly, push or drive onward in, or as if in, a trial of speed: as, to race a horse; to race steamers.
    • race To run, or cause horses, etc., to run, in competition with; contend against in a race.
    • n race A strong or rapid current of water, or the channel or passage for such a current; a powerful current or heavy sea sometimes produced by the meeting of two tides: as, the Race of Alderney; Portland Race.
    • n race A canal or watercourse from a dam to a water-wheel: specifically called the head-race.
    • n race The watercourse which leads away the water after it leaves the wheel: specifically called the tail-race.
    • n race A genealogical line or stock; a class of persons allied by descent from a common ancestry; lineage; family; kindred: as, the Levites were a race of priests; to be of royal or of ignoble race.
    • n race An ethnical stock; a great division of mankind having in common certain distinguishing physical peculiarities, and thus a comprehensive class appearing to be derived from a distinct primitive source: as, the Caucasian race; the Mongolian race; the Negro race. See man, 1.
    • n race A tribal or national stock; a division or subdivision of one of the great racial stocks of mankind, distinguished by minor peculiarities: as, the Celtic race; the Finnic race is a branch of the Mongolian; the English, French, and Spaniards are mixed races.
    • n race The human family; human beings as a class; mankind: a shortened form of human race: as, the future prospects of the race; the elevation of the race.
    • n race A breed, stock, or strain of domesticated animals or cultivated plants; an artificially propagated and perpetuated variety. Such races differ from natural species or varieties in their tendency to revert to their original characters, and lose those artificially acquired, when they are left to themselves. Many thousands of races have been produced and named.
    • n race Specifically— In zoöl,. a geographical variety; a subspecies, characteristic of a given faunal area, intergrading with another form of the same species.
    • n race In botany:
    • n race A variety so fixed as to reproduce itself with considerable certainty by seed. Races may be of spontaneous origin or the result of artificial selection.
    • n race In a broader use, any variety, subspecies, species, or group of very similar species whose characters are continued through successive generations.
    • n race Any fixed class of beings more or less broadly differentiated from all others; any general aggregate of mankind or of animals considered as a class apart; a perpetuated or continuing line of like existences: as, the human race; the race of statesmen; the equine or the feline race.
    • n race A line or series; a course or succession: used of things.
    • n race A strong peculiarity by which the origin or species of anything may be recognized, as, especially, the flavor of wine.
    • n race Intrinsic character; natural quality or disposition; hence, spirit; vigor; pith; raciness.
    • n race Synonyms Tribe, Clan, etc. See people.
    • race Of or pertaining to a race.
    • n race A root. See race-ginger, and hand, 13 .
    • race To tear up; snatch away hastily.
    • race An obsolete form of rase, raze.
    • n race A calcareous concretion in brick-earth.
    • race In heraldry, same as indented.
    • n race The circnlar path traversed by a horse in driving a machine by a horse-whim; a gin-ring or gin-race.
    • n race In mech., an annular ring or groove in which the rollers of a roller-bearing, or the balls of a ball-bearing, travel; a ball-race; a roller-race. For a roller-bearing, the race is usually the frustum of a very flat cone, the rollers being frusta of the complementary cone.
    • n race A narrow passage, fenced with hurdles, for sheep; a lane.
    • n race The heart, liver, and lungs or lights of an animal, especially of a calf: same as pluck, 4.
    • n race Same as rase.
    • n race A white splash or mark on the face of a horse or dog; a blaze.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Average calories burned daily by the sled dogs running in Alaska's annual Iditarod race: 10,000.
    • n Race rās the human family: the descendants of a common ancestor: a breed or variety: a tribal or national stock: a line of persons, as of statesmen, or of animals, as the feline race: a herd: peculiar flavour, as of wine, by which its origin may be recognised:
    • n Race rās rapid motion: trial of speed: progress: course of action: a strong and rapid current: a canal to a water-wheel: a competitive trial of speed in running, walking, &c.: a horse-race, as the Ascot races
    • v.i Race to run swiftly: to contend in running
    • v.t Race to cause to race, as steamers, horses, &c
    • n Race rās (Shak.) a root
    • v.t Race rās (obs.) =Raze
    • n Race rās (Shak.) intrinsic character, vigour.
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  • Janet Guthrie
    Janet Guthrie
    “Racing is a matter of spirit not strength.”
  • Willie Shoemaker
    Willie Shoemaker
    “When you're riding, only the race in which you're riding is important.”
  • Phillips Brooks
    “No man has come to true greatness who has not felt that his life belongs to his race, and that which God gives to him, He gives him for mankind.”
  • Richard M. DeVos
    Richard M. DeVos
    “It is impossible to win the race unless you venture to run, impossible to win the victory unless you dare to battle.”
  • Horace
    “The human race afraid of nothing, rushes on through every crime.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
    “The only man who makes money following the races is one who does it with a broom and shovel.”


Rat race - The rat race is the ruthless, competitive struggle for success in work, etc.
Slow and steady wins the race - This expression means that consistency, although progress may be slow, will eventually be more beneficial than being hasty or careless just to get something done.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. race,; cf. Pr. & Sp. raza, It. razza,; all from OHG. reiza, line, akin to E. write,. See Write
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Old High Ger. reiza, a line.


In literature:

A racing machine is petted like a race-horse until it is wanted.
"The Flying Mercury" by Eleanor M. Ingram
It was a mournful reminder of the decay of the Hawaiian race.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 26, October, 1880" by Various
Left alone each race group instinctively seeks separation from other race groups.
"Negro Migration during the War" by Emmett J. Scott
When they became young men they matched their season's catches and raced their father's schooners.
"The Harbor of Doubt" by Frank Williams
Let the younger races dream; the oldest of races knew better.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
These races often prohibit marriage with individuals of another race.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
The female not only typifies the race, she is the race.
"The Truth About Woman" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
And better before the race than in the race.
"The Seiners" by James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
So it was arranged that the Fourth of July they should race as before on the Fort Ryan track; the horses were to be named on the day of the race.
"The Preacher of Cedar Mountain" by Ernest Thompson Seton
Are people of civilized races happier now than are the uncivilized races?
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar

In poetry:

The stars cleave the sky.
Yet for us they rest,
And their race-course high
Is a shining nest!
"An Improvisation" by George MacDonald
So he laid down his bread
In a snug little place,
And away Walter went
For a race, race, race.
"Walter And His Dog" by Eliza Lee Follen
"I think this race favors the
closers," he said to the back of
my neck. "the track looks
"I like your books" by Charles Bukowski
"Of other days my dreaming,
Of other days, ah me!
When sturdy hero-races
Lived wild and glad and free!
"A Tree In The Ghetto" by Morris Rosenfeld
Could'st then have wish'd all Adam's race
Had join'd with thee to gaze;
That viewing fond his comely face,
Thy Husband might get praise?
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
Blood of our blood, in every clime!
Race of our race, by every sea!
To you we sing the Christmas rhyme,
For you we light the Christmas—tree.
"A Christmas Carol" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Panther Racing and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing join efforts for IndyCar driver Oriol Servia.
For the first time this year the society will feature Outhouse Races on Lester Street at 3:30 pm Contestants will race specially built outhouses on wheels in side by side racing action.
Republican Anne-Marie Lampropoulos spent nearly $53,000 on her Utah House race in just the past two months, including the unusual — and expensive — step for a non-statewide race of buying TV and radio ads.
Additionally, many races now are employing the use of official " pacers " in their races.
These folks are authorized by the race to run at a pre-determined, consistent and steady pace throughout the race.
Bringing his slalom skills to creek races This Year: 2011 Green Race champion, North America's top finisher in the inaugural AWP Whitewater World Series (No.
4 hour Sport Race and 12 hour Elite Race.
Matt Pappa , the US Legends 2012 Pro Division National Points Champion, will take a giant step in his racing career next season when he begins driving Brett Hearn's BH Racing Enterprises's No 20jr sportsman entry.
People wanting to compete in News and Sentinel Races on Aug 18-19, have a variety of ways to register for the News and Sentinel Half Marathon, Two Mile Race, Junior Race and Tiny Tot Trot.
There will be no race day registration of the Half marathon or Two-mile race.
NMCA & NMRA racing sanctions battle it out at the Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing.
Woodbine Entertainment Group received Ontario Racing Commission approval Sept 7 to drop 11 Thursday afternoon cards from the Toronto track's 2012 live Thoroughbred racing calendar.
In other Maui legislative races, Democratic incumbents in contested races held on to their posts against Republican challengers.
How does a race director determine how many porta -potties to order for their race.
Here's a friendly reminder: twilight racing on Friday (today), with the first race at 2:45.

In science:

Consequently, the imaging of extended sources is simulated by convolving the mask pattern with the source profile prior to the ray-t racing.
Coded mask imaging of extended sources with Gaussian random fields
We define T race(h) to be the trace of hoI dI• .
Quadratic categories, Koszul resolutions and operads
Let h, h′ : U → U , T race(hh′ ) = T race(h)T race(h′).
Quadratic categories, Koszul resolutions and operads
April’s checks her email to find a message from a fellow runner who has sent a link to an upcoming race.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
Even writing out the details which we have raced over.
A random walk on the permutation group, some formal long-time asymptotic relations