If you jog every morning or run with your school's cross country team, you're a runner. A runner is a person who runs.

A casual runner jogs around the block or chases their dog on the beach. If you train to run in the Olympics, you're also a runner, and if you play baseball, you're a runner when you're moving from first to second base. Plants send out something also called a runner — a new shoot that sits on top of the ground and roots itself there. A strip of carpet down the hall or stairs is yet another kind of runner.

Definitions of runner
  1. noun
    someone who travels on foot by running
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    someone who runs a steady slow pace (usually for exercise)
    type of:
    traveler, traveller
    a person who changes location
  2. noun
    a trained athlete who competes in foot races
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    Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister
    English runner who in 1954 became the first person to run a mile in less than four minutes (born in 1929)
    Frederick Carleton Lewis
    United States athlete who won gold medals at the Olympics for his skill in sprinting and jumping (born in 1961)
    John Walker
    New Zealand runner who in 1975 became the first person to run a mile in less that 3 minutes and 50 seconds (born in 1952)
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    long-distance runner, marathon runner, marathoner, road runner
    someone who participates in long-distance races (especially in marathons)
    a runner in a one-mile race
    someone who runs a short distance at top speed
    four-minute man
    someone who has run the mile in less that 4 minutes
    type of:
    athlete, jock
    a person trained to compete in sports
  3. noun
    a baseball player on the team at bat who is on base (or attempting to reach a base)
    synonyms: base runner
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    type of:
    ballplayer, baseball player
    an athlete who plays baseball
  4. noun
    (football) the player who is carrying (and trying to advance) the ball on an offensive play
    synonyms: ball carrier
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    forward passer, passer
    (football) a ball carrier who tries to gain ground by throwing a forward pass
    (football) a ball carrier who tries to gain ground by running with the ball
    type of:
    football player, footballer
    an athlete who plays American football
  5. noun
    a long narrow carpet
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    type of:
    carpet, carpeting, rug
    floor covering consisting of a piece of thick heavy fabric (usually with nap or pile)
  6. noun
    fish of western Atlantic: Cape Cod to Brazil
    synonyms: Caranx crysos, blue runner
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    type of:
    any of several fast-swimming predacious fishes of tropical to warm temperate seas
  7. noun
    a person who is employed to deliver messages or documents
    “he sent a runner over with the contract”
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    type of:
    courier, messenger
    a person who carries a message
  8. noun
    someone who imports or exports without paying duties
    synonyms: contrabandist, moon curser, moon-curser, smuggler
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    someone who smuggles illegal immigrants into the United States (usually across the Mexican border)
    arms-runner, gunrunner
    a smuggler of guns
    someone who illegally smuggles liquor across a border
    type of:
    criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw
    someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
  9. noun
    a horizontal branch from the base of plant that produces new plants from buds at its tips
    synonyms: offset, stolon
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    type of:
    plant organ
    a functional and structural unit of a plant or fungus
  10. noun
    device consisting of the parts on which something can slide along
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    the part of the skate that slides on the ice
    narrow wood or metal or plastic runners used in pairs for gliding over snow
    water ski
    broad ski for skimming over water towed by a speedboat
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    an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
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