runoff

A runoff is an additional election that resolves an inconclusive one. If there’s a tie for class president, the candidates will need a runoff election to see who gets the job. A runoff is also an overflow of water.

The physical type of runoff (also run-off) involves water or other liquids running off of something by overflowing and possibly flooding an area. If it rains and rains, the runoff from the soil could flow into a nearby pond. On the other hand, a runoff election means an initial vote did not result in a winner because it was tied or too close to call. A runoff election settles the matter, providing a final decision.

Primary Meanings of runoff

1.
n
a final election to resolve an earlier election that did not produce a winner
2.
n
the occurrence of surplus liquid (as water) exceeding the limit or capacity
Full Definitions of runoff
1

n a final election to resolve an earlier election that did not produce a winner

Type of:
election
a vote to select the winner of a position or political office
2

n the occurrence of surplus liquid (as water) exceeding the limit or capacity

Synonyms:
overflow, overspill
Type of:
flow, flowing
the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)

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