• "Three men came running up."
    "Three men came running up."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj running continually repeated over a period of time "a running joke among us"
    • adj running (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing "in running (or working) order","a functional set of brakes"
    • adj running executed or initiated by running "running plays worked better than pass plays","took a running jump","a running start"
    • adj running (of fluids) moving or issuing in a stream "as mountain stream with freely running water","hovels without running water"
    • adj running of advancing the ball by running "the team's running plays worked better than its pass plays"
    • adj running measured lengthwise "cost of lumber per running foot"
    • n running the act of running; traveling on foot at a fast pace "he broke into a run","his daily run keeps him fit"
    • n running the act of participating in an athletic competition involving running on a track
    • n running (American football) a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team "the defensive line braced to stop the run","the coach put great emphasis on running"
    • n running the act of administering or being in charge of something "he has responsibility for the running of two companies at the same time"
    • n running the state of being in operation "the engine is running smoothly"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Ye Olde Running Horse Inn, Leatherhead Ye Olde Running Horse Inn, Leatherhead
Running Running
Running Noose Running Noose
Crossed Running Noose Crossed Running Noose
Sam White's run Sam White's run
The witch and the wolf running The witch and the wolf running

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Wild turkeys can run at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour
    • Running Continuous; keeping along step by step; as, he stated the facts with a running explanation. "A running conquest.""What are art and science if not a running commentary on Nature?"
    • Running (Med) Discharging pus; as, a running sore.
    • Running (Bot) Extending by a slender climbing or trailing stem; as, a running vine.
    • Running Flowing; easy; cursive; as, a running hand.
    • Running Having a running gait; not a trotter or pacer.
    • Running Moving or advancing by running.
    • Running Successive; one following the other without break or intervention; -- said of periods of time; as, to be away two days running; to sow land two years running .
    • Running That which runs or flows; the quantity of a liquid which flows in a certain time or during a certain operation; as, the first running of a still.
    • n Running The act of one who, or of that which runs; as, the running was slow.
    • Running The discharge from an ulcer or other sore.
    • Running trained and kept for running races; as, a running horse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A crocodile can run up to a speed of 11 miles per hour
    • n running The act of one who or that which runs.
    • n running Specifically, the act of one who risks or evades dangers or legal restrictions, as in running a blockade or smuggling.
    • n running The action of a whale after being struck by the harpoon, when it swims but does not sound.
    • n running In racing, etc., power, ability, or strength to run; hence, staying power.
    • n running The ranging of any animals, particularly in connection with the rut, or other actions of the breeding season: also used attributively: as, the running time of salmon or deer.
    • n running In organ-building, a leakage of the air in a wind-chest into a channel so that a pipe is sounded when its digital is depressed, although its stop is not drawn; also, the sound of a pipe thus sounded. Also called running of the wind.
    • n running That which runs or flows; the quantity run: as, the first running of a still, or of cider at the mill.
    • n running Course, direction, or manner of flowing or moving.
    • running That runs; suited for running, racing, etc. See run, n., 1 .
    • running Specifically, in zoology, cursorial; gressorial; ambulatory; not salient or saltatory.
    • running Capable of moving quickly; movable; mobilized.
    • running Done, made, taken, etc., in passing, or while hastening along; hence, cursory; hasty; speedy.
    • running Cursive, as manuscript: as, running hand (see below).
    • running Proceeding in close succession; without intermission: used in a semi-adverbial sense after nouns denoting periods of time: as, I had the same dream three nights running.
    • running Continuous; unintermittent; persistent.
    • running In botany, repent or creeping by runners, as the strawberry. See runner, 2.
    • running A horizontal board along the ridge of a box freight-car or the side of an oil-car, to form a passage for the trainmen.
    • running Approaching; going on.
    • running In machinery, moving; not held tightly; not fixed. A running fit is one where two surfaces in contact fit so loosely that one can move freely past the other.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The fastest running bird is the Ostrich, which has been clocked at 97.5 kilometres per hour
    • adj Running kept for the race: successive: continuous: flowing: easy: cursive: discharging matter
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  • Richard Branson
    Richard Branson
    “If you can run one business well, you can run any business well.”
  • John Atkinson
    John Atkinson
    “If you don't run your own life, somebody else will.”
  • Joe Louis
    Joe Louis
    “He can run but he can't hide.”
  • Channing Pollock
    Channing Pollock
    “A critic is a legless man who teaches running.”
  • Proverb
    “It is better to run back than run the wrong way.”
  • Harry F. Banks
    Harry F. Banks
    “Where does virgin wool come from? The sheep that runs the fastest.”


Cut and run - If people cut and run, they take what they can get and leave before they lose everything.
Do the running - (UK) The person who has to do the running has to make sure that things get done. ('Make the running' is also used.)
Dry run - A dry run is a full rehearsal or trial exercise of something to see how it will work before it is launched.
Give someone a run for their money - If you can give someone a run for the money, you are as good, or nearly as good, as they are at something.
Hit the ground running - If someone hits the ground running, they start a new job or position in a very dynamic manner.
If you can't run with the big dogs, you'd better stay on the porch - If you can't keep up with what others are doing, then it is best not to attempt it.
In the long run - This means 'over a long period of time', 'in the end' or 'in the final result'.
In the running - If you have a reasonable chance, you're in the running.
In the short run - This refers to the immediate future.
Milk run - A milk run is a short trip, stopping in a number of places.
On the run - If someone is on the run, they are avoiding arrest and hiding from the police.
Out of the gate running - If someone comes out of the gate running, they start something at a fast pace, without any build-up.
Run a mile - If someone "Runs a mile", they do everything they can to avoid a situation. Example: "I was worried that he'd take one look at me and run a mile."
Run amok - When things or people are running amok, they are wild and out of control.('Run amuck' is also used.)
Run around the bush - (USA) If you run around the bush, it means that you're taking a long time to get to the point.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. rinnan; Ger. rennen, Ice. renna, to run.


In literature:

I have seen Indians run from Jackson's at sight of a soldier.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
Captain Ellison came running up.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
I thought that she would run us down; so, indeed, I found did others on board.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
Run after run, run after run was added to the score.
"The Hill" by Horace Annesley Vachell
My dog barked, and bowled, running around me!
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Why not let the thing run like it lays till then, while you send her East?
"The Man Next Door" by Emerson Hough
I run, en I run, en I run, en de mo' w'at I run de furder de fier git.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
Jim was running easier than Sara.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
She is certain to try and run for it close inshore, when we shall as certainly catch her.
"The Three Commanders" by W.H.G. Kingston
Run down to the beach, one row at a time.
"Games and Play for School Morale" by Various

In poetry:

Tush, quoth baboon,
when men do know I come,
For sport from city, country
they will run.
"The Ape, the Monkey, and Baboon" by Thomas Weelkes
The rain hath sicklied day with haze,
My tears run downward as I gaze,
"Woman’s Portion" by Madison Julius Cawein
Speak, speak, Beloved.
Say little things
For my ears to catch
And run with them to my heart.
"Prime" by Amy Lowell
Who was there had seen us
Wouldn't bid him run?
Heavy lay between us
All our sires had done.
"The Dark Girl's Rhyme" by Dorothy Parker
Soft surprises of the sun—
Swift, serene—
O’er the mute grave-grasses run,
Cold and green.
"James Lionel Michael" by Henry Kendall
My feet to evil I let run,
And tongue of folly talk;
My eyes to vanity hath gone,
Thus did I vainly walk.
"Of Hell And The Estate of Those Who Perish" by John Bunyan

In news:

Rayne High School will sponsor the Jingle Bell Run, a 1-mile fun run and 5K run slated Saturday, Dec 17, 2011, at Wolf Stadium.
Rayne High School sponsored the First Annual Jingle Bell Run, a 1-mile fun run and 5K run held Saturday, Dec 17, 2011, at Wolf Stadium.
This weekend marks the 138th running of the Run for the Roses.
The answer to Wednesday's TTPK is "run": trial run, run away, run down.
After runs of five, eight, 10 and 13 miles earlier this year, trail-run enthusiasts will have their choice of participating in races of 20 miles or 50 kilometers (31.06 miles) Oct 28.
PAWTUCKET – Sure, the two-run inside-the-park home run by junior Jordyn Klemanchuck was mightily impressive.
Carrie Woerner is running for assembly, though on this day on Baker Ave, she's doing more limping than running after a fall while knocking on doors in Saratoga Springs on Monday.
Some of the candidates running for races in Lowndes County are running for political office for the first time, including in the county's new Super District 4.
The long-running show profiles food entrepreneurs, with an emphasis on locavoric, family-run businesses that use sustainably sourced ingredients.
Laney running back George Myers (right) runs the ball during the second half.
Voodoo Libido run, runs to Rudolph on CD.
Ryan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond hit three-run home runs, while Gio Gonzalez picked up his major-league leading 20th win, as the Washington Nationals ripped the Milwaukee Brewers, 10-4, in the second edition of a four-game set.
"It was amazing to hear about the conditions they go through being anywhere from 40 above zero to 50-60 below zero during the Iditarod run, 1000-mile run," Hamlin said.
KU's talented crop of running backs runs through blocking drills during Tuesday's practice at Memorial Stadium.
After 54 years of running its own baseball leagues, Scarsdale agreed last year to let Little League, the nation's premier youth baseball organization, run the village's youth baseball teams.

In science:

Convergence study in zone II. L = 24, h0 = 2.1, runs A and B are a second step iteration of the whole WL algorithm, run C is a third step.
Wang-Landau study of the critical behaviour of the bimodal 3D-Random Field Ising Model
Run A has been performed with a maximum of 200000 MCS/s for each value of the WL factor and run B with 400000 MCS/s.
Wang-Landau study of the critical behaviour of the bimodal 3D-Random Field Ising Model
A better result is obtained with run C where the almost perfect flat region is extended beyond the one of run B.
Wang-Landau study of the critical behaviour of the bimodal 3D-Random Field Ising Model
Run C has a maximum of 200000 MCS/s for each f-value but it is a third iteration step : the initial guess of the density of states is the g (E ) obtained from run A.
Wang-Landau study of the critical behaviour of the bimodal 3D-Random Field Ising Model
In Figure 2 we compare the same run C already shown in figure 1 with three new runs performed in smaller overlapping energy intervals.
Wang-Landau study of the critical behaviour of the bimodal 3D-Random Field Ising Model