American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Sports A cross-country footrace of 26 miles, 385 yards (42.195 kilometers).
- n. Sports A long-distance race other than a footrace: a swimming marathon.
- n. A contest of endurance: a dance marathon.
- n. An event or activity that requires prolonged effort or endurance.
- n. A 42.195 kilometre (26 mile 385 yard) road race.
- n. figuratively, by extension Any extended or sustained activity.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A footrace of 26 miles 385 yards.
- n. Any long and arduous undertaking, straining the endurance of the participants.
- n. a battle in 490 BC in which the Athenians and their allies defeated the Persians.
- n. a battle in 490 BC in which the Athenians and their allies defeated the Persians
- n. a footrace of 26 miles 385 yards
- n. any long and arduous undertaking
- Ancient Greek Μαραθών (Marathōn), a town northeast of Athens. Phidippides the Greek ran the distance from Marathon to Athens to deliver a message regarding the Battle of Marathon. The modern sport of marathon running is based on a run approximately the same distance. (Wiktionary)
- After Marathon (so called because a messenger ran from there to Athens to announce a victory over the Persians in 490 B.C.) (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Fogle's athletic aspirations and weight management aside, his participation in the marathon is all about promoting Subway sandwiches as fuel for fast runners.”
“From the fabled story of Phidippides and the Battle of Marathon in 490 B.C. to Spiridon Louis 'unforeseen 1896 Athens Olympic marathon triumph, the marathon is a part of our history.”
“Several months ago, Mr. Nihous started what he called his "marathon" across France to gather the required signatures.”
“He wrote the 571-page tome in short "marathon" bursts while working as a cancer researcher by day, because, he says, wanted to see the whole picture of the disease he worked with in minute detail.”
“The deal to extricate the Treasury from its American International Group Inc. investment was hammered out in marathon meetings this week.”
“Sept. 4: Spike's Band of Brothers marathon is well worth the time”
“After suffering agonies of embarrassment over a news report the Marine Corp Marathon had rebuffed the RtRSa/oF's offer to join hands and share potties this coming weekend -- the marathon is set for the next morning -- the organizers of Stewart's rally have rebounded in a big way, hiring what may be the largest portable toilet company in the country, United Site Services, to provide relief to Saturday's rally attendees.”
“The thing with the marathon is that the audience doesn't get to see the whole floor, especially for those watching at home.”
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