from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An often sudden increase: a run-up in interest rates; a run-up in food prices; a run-up in house values.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The approach run of a bowler before delivering the ball
- n. The approach run of a high jumper or other athlete in order to gather speed or momentum
- n. A period of time just before an important event.
- n. An increase in the value or amount of something
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In bookbinding, the act of putting on a line, in finishing, by means of a roll running along the side of the back from the top to the bottom of the book.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a substantial increase over a relatively short period of time
- n. the approach run during which an athlete gathers speed
From run + up. (Wiktionary)