• "Some Yamên runners rushed out and seized them."
    "Some Yamên runners rushed out and seized them."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n runner fish of western Atlantic: Cape Cod to Brazil
    • n runner device consisting of the parts on which something can slide along
    • n runner a long narrow carpet
    • n runner (football) the player who is carrying (and trying to advance) the ball on an offensive play
    • n runner a baseball player on the team at bat who is on base (or attempting to reach a base)
    • n runner a person who is employed to deliver messages or documents "he sent a runner over with the contract"
    • n runner someone who travels on foot by running
    • n runner a trained athlete who competes in foot races
    • n runner someone who imports or exports without paying duties
    • n runner a horizontal branch from the base of plant that produces new plants from buds at its tips
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

strawberry runners strawberry runners
A bobsled or double runner A bobsled or double runner

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1970, 127 runners ran the NY Marathon. In 1998, 32,000 did.
    • Runner A detective.
    • Runner (Zoöl) A food fish (Elagatis pinnulatus) of Florida and the West Indies; -- called also skipjack shoemaker, and yellowtail. The name alludes to its rapid successive leaps from the water.
    • Runner (Founding) A horizontal channel in a mold, through which the metal flows to the cavity formed by the pattern; also, the waste metal left in such a channel.
    • Runner A messenger. "The dear good angel of the Spring,
      The nightingale."
    • Runner (Mech) A movable slab or rubber used in grinding or polishing a surface of stone.
    • Runner (Naut) A rope rove through a block and used to increase the mechanical power of a tackle.
    • Runner (Bot) A slender trailing branch which takes root at the joints or end and there forms new plants, as in the strawberry and the common cinquefoil.
    • Runner A smuggler.
    • Runner (Mech) A tool on which lenses are fastened in a group, for polishing or grinding.
    • Runner (Founding) A trough or channel for leading molten metal from a furnace to a ladle, mold, or pig bed.
    • Runner (Zoöl) Any cursorial bird.
    • Runner One employed to solicit patronage, as for a steamboat, hotel, shop, etc.
    • Runner One of the pieces on which a sled or sleigh slides; also the part or blade of a skate which slides on the ice.
    • Runner One who, or that which, runs; a racer.
    • Runner The movable piece to which the ribs of an umbrella are attached.
    • Runner The rotating stone of a set of millstones.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The average marathon runner's heart beats about 175 times per minute during a race. A typical adult's heart beats 68 times a minute at rest.
    • n runner One who or that which runs. Specifically— A person who or an animal which moves with the gait called a run, as in a running-match or race.
    • n runner One who is in the act of running, as in any game or sport.
    • n runner One who frequents or runs habitually to a place.
    • n runner A runaway; a fugitive; a deserter.
    • n runner One who risks or evades dangers, impediments, or legal restrictions, as in blockade-running or smuggling; especially, a smuggler.
    • n runner An operator or manager, as of an engine or a machine.
    • n runner One who goes about on any sort of errand; a messenger; specifically, in Great Britain and in the courts of China, a sheriff's officer; a bailiff; in the United States, one whose business it is to solicit passengers for railways, steamboats, etc.
    • n runner A commercial traveler. [U. S.]
    • n runner A running stream; a run.
    • n runner plural In ornithology, specifically, the Cursores or Brevipennes.
    • n runner plural In entomology, specifically, the cursorial orthopterous insects; the cockroaches. See Cursoria.
    • n runner A carangoid fish, the leather-jacket, Elagatis pinnulatus.
    • n runner In botany, a slender prostrate stem, having a bud at the end which sends out leaves and roots, as in the strawberry; also, a plant that spreads by such creeping stems. Compare run, intransitive verb, 10.
    • n runner In machinery: The tight pulley of a system of fast-and-loose pulleys
    • n runner In a grinding-mill, the stone which is turned, in distinction from the fixed stone, or bedstone. See cuts under mill, 1.
    • n runner In a system of pulleys, a block which moves, as distinguished from a block which is held in a fixed position. Also called running block. See cut under pulley.
    • n runner A single rope rove through a movable block, having an cye or thimble in the end of which a tackle is hooked.
    • n runner In saddlery, a loop of metal, leather, bone, celluloid, ivory, or other material, through which a running or sliding strap or rein is passed: as, the runners for the gag-rein on the throat-latch of a bridle or head-stall.
    • n runner In optical-instrument making, a convex cast-iron support for lenses, used in shaping them by grinding.
    • n runner That part of anything on which it runs or slides: as, the runner or keel of a sleigh or a skate.
    • n runner In molding: A channel cut in the sand of a mold to allow molted metal to run from the furnace to the space to be filled in the mold.
    • n runner The small mass of metal left in this channel, which shows, when the mold is removed, as a projection from the casting. See jet, 4 .
    • n runner In bookbinding, the front board of the plow-press, used in cutting edges.
    • n runner plural In printing: The friction-rollers in the ribs of a printing-press, on which the bed slides to and from impression.
    • n runner A line of corks put on a form of type to prevent the inking-rollers from sagging, and over-coloring the types.
    • n runner The slide on an umbrella-stick, to which the ribs or spreaders are pivoted.
    • n runner In gunpowder-manuf., same as runner-ball.
    • n runner In iron-founding, soda-manuf., and other industries in which fusion is a necessary operation, a congealed piece of metal or material which in the molten state has run out of a mold or receptacle, and become waste until remelted.
    • n runner In rope-making, a steel plate having three holes concentrically arranged, and used to separate the three yarns in laying up (twisting) a rope. The yarns are passed through the holes, and the plate is kept at a uniform distance from the junction of the twisted and untwisted parts, rendering the twist uniform.
    • n runner A market-vessel for the transportation of fish, oysters, etc.
    • n runner Same as leather-jacket .
    • n runner The common jurel or hardtail, Carangus chrysos.
    • n runner A newsboy.
    • n runner In hunting, see the extract.
    • n runner A wheel for decorating pottery. See coggle. Also called decorating-wheel.
    • n runner plural The fibers that fray off the warp-yarn and collect behind the loom-reed in the process of weaving.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • 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.
    • Runner one who, or that which, runs: a racer: a messenger, agent, one employed to solicit patronage: a rooting stem that runs along the ground: a rope to increase the power of a tackle: a deserter: a smuggler: a manager of an engine: a Bow Street officer: in saddlery, a loop of metal through which a rein is passed: that on which anything slides: in moulding, a channel cut in a mould: the rotating-stone of a grinding-mill: the movable piece to which the ribs of an umbrella are attached: a tool in which lenses are fastened for polishing: a vessel for conveying fish, oysters, &c
    • ***


  • Mary Decker Slaney
    Mary Decker Slaney
    “I was born to be a runner. I simply love to run. It's almost like the faster I go, the easier it becomes.”


Do a runner - (UK) If people leave a restaurant without paying, they do a runner.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Run
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. rinnan; Ger. rennen, Ice. renna, to run.


In literature:

He twisted aside, leaped over the stumbling half and dived for the runner.
"Left End Edwards" by Ralph Henry Barbour
Bill looked up from between the sled runners and grinned.
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely
Strawberries develop runners that root themselves in a similar fashion.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
The dogs drew the party swiftly onward, for, though the sleds were heavily laden, the runners slipped easily over the frozen surface.
"The Young Treasure Hunter" by Frank V. Webster
In returning we passed several blockade-runners, amongst others the steamer Kate, with the new double screw.
"Three Months in the Southern States, April-June 1863" by Arthur J. L. (Lieut.-Col.) Fremantle
Matthewson insisted that the phrase included breaking the runners from the frozen grip of the snow.
"Story Hour Readings: Seventh Year" by E.C. Hartwell
It is a heavily formed animal, and an indifferent runner, as a mounted hunter can gallop up to one without effort.
"The Bush Boys" by Captain Mayne Reid
The companions of my long trips were the far-famed Indian runners of the north.
"By Canoe and Dog-Train" by Egerton Ryerson Young
At the firing of a gun there was a wild rush, and the side that had the fleetest runners thus secured the first kick.
"Winter Adventures of Three Boys" by Egerton R. Young
On the morning of the fourteenth we marched toward the river, two hours away, the native runner slowly ambling along with us.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon

In poetry:

'Talk of pluck!' pursued the Sailor,
Set at euchre on his elbow,
'I was on the wharf at Charleston,
Just ashore from off the runner.
"Romance" by William Ernest Henley
The baffled runner turned upon his track,
Bearing the words of Winnepurkit back.
"Dog of the Marsh," cried Pennacook, "no more
Shall child of mine sit on his wigwam floor.
"The Bridal of Pennacook" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Poor father went wild when he heard there were two,
He was found in a pub drinking gin;
He said, `I'll get tight; I won't go home to-night
In case any more runners come in.'
"The Bookmaker’s Daughter 1934" by Billy Bennett
Catch me confiding my person with strangers!
Think how the cowardly Bull-Runners ran!
In the brigade of the Stay-at-Home Rangers
Marches my corps, says the sweet little man.
"The Sweet Little Man" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Save when at lonely intervals
Some farmer's sleigh, urged on,
With rustling runners and sharp bells,
Swings by me and is gone;
Or from the empty waste I hear
A sound remote and clear;
"Snow" by Archibald Lampman
Oh river bright, we sail over thy breast,
Once bearing wood runners wild;
But the birds who built on the bank their nest,
Have fled long ago to the boundless west,
From thee and from man exiled.
"The Forest River." by Harriet Annie Wilkins

In news:

He loved sports, and was a marathon runner for over 30 years competing throughout the world.
War Chant Leading Runners 2012.
It was great to see all the buildings, the Citgo sign and all the runners.
Maura McCranie, third runner up.
Devin Jones, first runner up and evening gown award.
Lafayette College, Easton, Pa. Daniel O'Neil was an avid runner, a prolific musician and was working toward a master's degree in environmental engineering at Virginia Tech at the time of the shooting.
Howard Smith/US PresswireRyan Howard is hitting.311 with runners in scoring position in 2011.
The decision to stick to his original plan with Strike The Stars has left Anthony Cummings with just one runner at today's Caulfield Guineas meeting.
On your mark, get set Runners make their way to the start.
Onterio McCalebb will go down as one of Auburn's most all-around productive runners, receivers and returners.
Runner's sponsorship plan isn't gaining official traction.
Liggins helped lead the Commodores to two straight MHSAA Class 4A state titles in 2010 and 2011 as well as state runner-up final in 2009.
Leaving 12 runners on base and going 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position usually isn't a formula for success.
The Tigers went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left nine runners on base Saturday afternoon in a 5-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
Rogers State runner Brenda Felipe placed 75th at the NAIA Women's Cross Country National Championships held Saturday in Vancouver, Wash. RSU runner finishes 75th at NAIA championship.

In science:

The partition obtained by sliding two beads on runner a down one position each is labelled by [a, 0]B0 .
The complexities of some simple modules of the symmetric groups
For a normally ordered wedge, we locate them on an abacus with rm runners.
On the classification of simple modules for cyclotomic Hecke algebras of type G(m,1,n) and Kleshchev multipartitions
We divide the set of these runners into m blocks.
On the classification of simple modules for cyclotomic Hecke algebras of type G(m,1,n) and Kleshchev multipartitions
Then we have m abacuses each of which has r runners.
On the classification of simple modules for cyclotomic Hecke algebras of type G(m,1,n) and Kleshchev multipartitions
This correspondence from normally ordered wedges to multipartitions is compatible with the action of Uv ( ˆslr ). (If we consider the usual abacus with r runners, it is compatible with Uv ( ˆslm )-action.) More precisely, for each n, we take ˜γ such that −˜γk << −˜γk+1 for all k .
On the classification of simple modules for cyclotomic Hecke algebras of type G(m,1,n) and Kleshchev multipartitions