runner-up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n runner-up the competitor who finishes second
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first place winners at the first modern Olympics were awarded an olive branch and a silver medal. The runners-up received laurel sprigs and copper medals.
    • n runner-up In tennis, golf, and similar games, the player next to the winner.
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Usage

In literature:

We are at present concerned with the race between Jim and the Mexican, with the chief and "Bushy Whiskers" as runners up.
"Frontier Boys in Frisco" by Wyn Roosevelt
They managed to prop up the sled, so a better view could be had of the forward runner.
"The Moving Picture Girls Snowbound" by Laura Lee Hope
Taken objectively, there isn't that much difference between myself and the ten runner-ups.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
One runner of the boxsled went up on some rocks, and for a moment it looked as if the turnout would upset.
"The Rover Boys on a Hunt" by Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)
By this time the runners had made the curve at the bow of the boat and were coming up the starboard side, toward the stern.
"The Brighton Boys in the Radio Service" by James R. Driscoll
Through the flying cloud of fine snow tossed up by the runners, both lads had made a frightful discovery.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
Another had climbed over the tender and ordered the runner to hold up.
"The Great K. & A. Robbery" by Paul Liechester Ford
As they were departing a native runner came up with news that caused the commissioner to saddle in haste.
"The Rogue Elephant" by Elliott Whitney
So Horace made a doll's sled out of shingles, with turned-up runners, and a tongue of string.
"Captain Horace" by Sophie May
The "Madeleine" was waiting for me with steam up, for I sent a runner ahead.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
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In poetry:

But up came the brave Bow Street runners - 'Hurray!'
And he had to let many a pie burn
While they dragged him to quad, And next day Sweeney Todd
Was condemned to be switched off at Tyburn.
"Sweeney Todd, The Barber" by Weston and Lee
And then my noble Danahey rose slowly to his feet,
He lit his pipe triumphantly- the lesson was complete:
A maze of lines and cryptic signs and leads and runner-ups,
Like visions high imagined by a spider in his cups.
"The Road to Danahey's" by John O Brien

In news:

The winners and the runners-up were chosen by the newspaper's political cartoonist, Pat Bagley, who draws the contest cartoons.
8 in the South Carolina Junior Golf Association rankings and has several noteworthy performances on his résumé, including a win, four runner-up finishes and 10 top-five showings.
Logan won the Region IV title Saturday at Spring Valley while Winfield was the runner-up.
Mauboy, who was a runner-up on Australian Idol in 2006, struck up a close friendship with the Bridesmaids star and she was only too happy to perform at his August (12) nuptials to TV presenter Dawn Porter.
West Liberty-Salem faced a tough task Saturday night taking on a Coldwater team who had been state runners-up the past three years in the Division V Ohio High School Football playoffs.
Joseph Hoffman, an attorney, was runner-up in the June primary.
The Columbus West High School wrestling team had its first state qualifier in 25 years and was City League runner-up in the 2004-05 season.
2010 "American Idol" runner-up Crystal Bowersox served lunch at St Paul's Community Center in Toledo and performed a concert for the diners.
Smallwares, Restaurant of the Year Runner-Up.
So close to a state title, but a bad game against Flint Powers last Saturday and so the Cougars finish 13-1 and state runners up in division five.
Shortly after his appearance on the show, the 13-year-old runner-up signed with Sony and Cowell's Syco Music, both impressed by the young crooner 's performances.
Shortly after his appearance on the show, the 13-year-old runner-up signed with Sony and Syco Music, both impressed by the young crooner 's performances.
Winner Jermaine Paul and runner-up Juliet Simms were separated by a mere four-percent margin.
The Norwell Middle School girls' cross country team took first place and the boys' team was runner-up Saturday in the Manchester Invitational at North Manchester.
Garden of the Year Vegetable Garden Runner-up: Life-long vegetable gardener grows to love the process of cultivating food.
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In science:

To study more general models (say runner-up is also valuable, besides champion), terms of partition function form coalitional game theory may be inevitable.
Complementary cooperation, minimal winning coalitions, and power indices
When we slide the beads as far up their respective runners as possible, we thus obtain an abacus display of the p-core of λ.
The complexities of some simple modules of the symmetric groups
The p-weight of λ is the total number of times we slide the beads one position up their respective runners to obtain its p-core. A bead in an abacus display of λ is addable (resp. removable) if its succeeding (resp. preceding) position is unoccupied.
The complexities of some simple modules of the symmetric groups
The early front-runners were the OGLE survey (including the follow-up observations which were performed by a range of associated and independent consortia), but the SuperWASP consortium (Pollacco et al. 2006) held the lead during the years 2009-11.
Homogeneous studies of transiting extrasolar planets. V. New results for 38 planets
Detailed listing of the rankings and the actual scores are given in Supplementary Tables 1 and 2.4 The method that most often ranks the causal LD-blocks highest is CCA-single, with PCA and CCA-block the closest runner-ups.
Genome-wide association studies with high-dimensional phenotypes
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