Definitions of running
  1. noun
    the act of running; traveling on foot at a fast pace
    synonyms: run
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    dash, sprint
    a quick run
    a sudden dash
    type of:
    locomotion, travel
    self-propelled movement
  2. noun
    the act of participating in an athletic competition involving running on a track
    synonyms: track
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    type of:
    track and field
    participating in athletic sports performed on a running track or on the field associated with it
  3. noun
    (American football) a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team
    synonyms: run, running game, running play
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    draw, draw play
    (American football) the quarterback moves back as if to pass and then hands the ball to the fullback who is running toward the line of scrimmage
    end run, sweep
    (American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the line
    (American football) the act of running back the ball after a kickoff or punt or interception or fumble
    (American football) a running play in which a back running in one direction hands the ball to a back running in the opposite direction
    rush, rushing
    (American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running into the line
    double reverse
    (American football) a running play in which a first reverse is followed by a second reverse
    type of:
    football play
    (American football) a play by the offensive team
  4. adjective
    executed or initiated by running
    running plays worked better than pass plays”
    “took a running jump”
    “a running start”
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    executed in or initiated from a standing position
  5. adjective
    of advancing the ball by running
    “the team's running plays worked better than its pass plays”
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    pass, passing
    of advancing the ball by throwing it
  6. noun
    the state of being in operation
    “the engine is running smoothly”
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    type of:
    the state of being in effect or being operative
  7. noun
    the act of administering or being in charge of something
    “he has responsibility for the running of two companies at the same time”
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    the tiresome but essential details that must be taken care of and tasks that must be performed in running an organization
    type of:
    administration, disposal
    a method of tending to or managing the affairs of a some group of people (especially the group's business affairs)
  8. adjective
    continually repeated over a period of time
    “a running joke among us”
    occurring without interruption; chiefly restricted to what recurs regularly or frequently in a prolonged and closely spaced series
  9. adjective
    (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing
    “in running (or working) order”
    synonyms: functional, operative, working
    performing or able to perform its regular function
  10. adjective
    (of fluids) moving or issuing in a stream
    “as mountain stream with freely running water”
    “hovels without running water”
    gushing, pouring
    flowing profusely
    jetting, spouting, spurting, squirting
    propelled violently in a usually narrow stream
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    (of fluids) not moving or flowing
    dead, stagnant
    not circulating or flowing
    flowing with little speed as e.g. at the turning of the tide
    free from noticeable current
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  11. adjective
    measured lengthwise
    “cost of lumber per running foot”
    synonyms: linear
    lengthways, lengthwise
    running or extending in the direction of the length of a thing
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