American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Sports One who competes in a race.
- n. Baseball One who runs the bases.
- n. Football One who carries the ball.
- n. A fugitive.
- n. One who carries messages or runs errands.
- n. One who serves as an agent or collector, as for a bank or brokerage house.
- n. One who solicits business, as for a hotel or store.
- n. A smuggler: a narcotics runner.
- n. A vessel engaged in smuggling.
- n. One who operates or manages something: the runner of a series of gambling operations.
- n. A device in or on which something slides or moves, as:
- n. The blade of a skate.
- n. The supports on which a drawer slides.
- n. A long narrow carpet.
- n. A long narrow tablecloth.
- n. A roller towel.
- n. Metallurgy A channel along which molten metal is poured into a mold; a gate.
- n. Botany A slender creeping stem that puts forth roots from nodes spaced at intervals along its length.
- n. Botany A plant, such as the strawberry, having such a stem.
- n. Botany A twining vine, such as the scarlet runner.
- n. Any of several marine fishes of the family Carangidae, especially the blue runner (Caranx crysos), of temperate waters of the American Atlantic coast. Also called blue runner.
- n. Sports See flat1.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which runs. Specifically— A person who or an animal which moves with the gait called a run, as in a running-match or race.
- n. One who is in the act of running, as in any game or sport.
- n. One who frequents or runs habitually to a place.
- n. A runaway; a fugitive; a deserter.
- n. One who risks or evades dangers, impediments, or legal restrictions, as in blockade-running or smuggling; especially, a smuggler.
- n. An operator or manager, as of an engine or a machine.
- n. One who goes about on any sort of errand; a messenger; specifically, in Great Britain and in the courts of China, a sheriff's officer; a bailiff; in the United States, one whose business it is to solicit passengers for railways, steamboats, etc.
- n. A commercial traveler. [U. S.]
- n. A running stream; a run.
- n. plural In ornithology, specifically, the Cursores or Brevipennes.
- n. plural In entomology, specifically, the cursorial orthopterous insects; the cockroaches. See Cursoria.
- n. A carangoid fish, the leather-jacket, Elagatis pinnulatus.
- n. In botany, a slender prostrate stem, having a bud at the end which sends out leaves and roots, as in the strawberry; also, a plant that spreads by such creeping stems. Compare run, intransitive verb, 10.
- n. In machinery: The tight pulley of a system of fast-and-loose pulleys
- n. In a grinding-mill, the stone which is turned, in distinction from the fixed stone, or bedstone. See cuts under mill, 1.
- n. In a system of pulleys, a block which moves, as distinguished from a block which is held in a fixed position. Also called running block. See cut under pulley.
- n. A single rope rove through a movable block, having an cye or thimble in the end of which a tackle is hooked.
- n. In saddlery, a loop of metal, leather, bone, celluloid, ivory, or other material, through which a running or sliding strap or rein is passed: as, the runners for the gag-rein on the throat-latch of a bridle or head-stall.
- n. In optical-instrument making, a convex cast-iron support for lenses, used in shaping them by grinding.
- n. That part of anything on which it runs or slides: as, the runner or keel of a sleigh or a skate.
- n. In molding: A channel cut in the sand of a mold to allow molted metal to run from the furnace to the space to be filled in the mold.
- n. The small mass of metal left in this channel, which shows, when the mold is removed, as a projection from the casting. See jet, 4 .
- n. In bookbinding, the front board of the plow-press, used in cutting edges.
- n. plural In printing: The friction-rollers in the ribs of a printing-press, on which the bed slides to and from impression.
- n. A line of corks put on a form of type to prevent the inking-rollers from sagging, and over-coloring the types.
- n. The slide on an umbrella-stick, to which the ribs or spreaders are pivoted.
- n. In gunpowder-manuf., same as runner-ball.
- n. In iron-founding, soda-manuf., and other industries in which fusion is a necessary operation, a congealed piece of metal or material which in the molten state has run out of a mold or receptacle, and become waste until remelted.
- n. In rope-making, a steel plate having three holes concentrically arranged, and used to separate the three yarns in laying up (twisting) a rope. The yarns are passed through the holes, and the plate is kept at a uniform distance from the junction of the twisted and untwisted parts, rendering the twist uniform.
- n. A market-vessel for the transportation of fish, oysters, etc.
- n. Same as leather-jacket .
- n. The common jurel or hardtail, Carangus chrysos.
- n. A newsboy.
- n. In hunting, see the extract.
- n. A wheel for decorating pottery. See coggle. Also called decorating-wheel.
- n. plural The fibers that fray off the warp-yarn and collect behind the loom-reed in the process of weaving.
- n. Agent noun of run; somebody who runs:
- n. slang A quick escape away from a scene.
- n. A type of soft-soled shoe originally intended for runners, compare trainer; a sneaker.
- n. A part of an apparatus that moves quickly
- n. A mechanical part intended for wheels to run on or to slide against another surface.
- n. A strip of fabric used to decorate a table.
- n. A long, narrow carpet for a high traffic area such as a hall or stairs.
- n. cricket A player who runs for a batsman who is too injured to run; he is dressed exactly as the injured batsman, and carries a bat.
- n. baseball A player who runs the bases.
- n. Australian rules football A person (from one or the other team) who runs out onto the field during the game to take verbal instructions from the coach to the players. A runner mustn't interfere with play, and may have to wear an identifying shirt to make clear his or her purpose on the field.
- n. slang A part of a cigarette that is burning unevenly.
- n. botany A long stolon sent out by a plant (such as strawberry), in order to root new plantlets.
- n. climbing A short sling with a karabiner on either end, used to link the climbing rope to a bolt or other protection such as a nut or friend.
- n. poker slang A competitor in a poker tournament.
- n. A restaurant employee responsible for taking food from the kitchens to the tables.
- n. A leaping food fish (Elagatis pinnulatis) of Florida and the West Indies; the skipjack, shoemaker, or yellowtail.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who, or that which, runs; a racer.
- n. Slang, Eng. A detective.
- n. A messenger.
- n. colloq. A smuggler.
- n. Cant, U.S. One employed to solicit patronage, as for a steamboat, hotel, shop, etc.
- n. (Bot.) A slender trailing branch which takes root at the joints or end and there forms new plants, as in the strawberry and the common cinquefoil.
- n. The rotating stone of a set of millstones.
- n. (Naut.) A rope rove through a block and used to increase the mechanical power of a tackle.
- n. One of the pieces on which a sled or sleigh slides; also the part or blade of a skate which slides on the ice.
- n. A horizontal channel in a mold, through which the metal flows to the cavity formed by the pattern; also, the waste metal left in such a channel.
- n. A trough or channel for leading molten metal from a furnace to a ladle, mold, or pig bed.
- n. The movable piece to which the ribs of an umbrella are attached.
- n. (Zoöl.) A food fish (Elagatis pinnulatus) of Florida and the West Indies; -- called also
skipjack, shoemaker, and yellowtail. The name alludes to its rapid successive leaps from the water.
- n. (Zoöl.) Any cursorial bird.
- n. A movable slab or rubber used in grinding or polishing a surface of stone.
- n. A tool on which lenses are fastened in a group, for polishing or grinding.
- n. a horizontal branch from the base of plant that produces new plants from buds at its tips
- n. a trained athlete who competes in foot races
- n. a person who is employed to deliver messages or documents
- n. (football) the player who is carrying (and trying to advance) the ball on an offensive play
- n. device consisting of the parts on which something can slide along
- n. fish of western Atlantic: Cape Cod to Brazil
- n. a baseball player on the team at bat who is on base (or attempting to reach a base)
- n. someone who imports or exports without paying duties
- n. a long narrow carpet
- n. someone who travels on foot by running
- to run + -er. (Wiktionary)
“Inside four overs they had lost Andrew Strauss to Chris Gayle, who batted with a runner and then bowled the third over, without a runner, presumably because he doesn't actually run, and Owais Shah, caught at the wicket having a wipe.”
“K. WALDEN: He is what we call a runner, and when given the opportunity he will take off.”
“On a more encouraging note, the Democratic front-runner is out-earning her.”
“Believe me, falling on a stair with a carpet runner is much more fun than falling on one without any!”
“Trust me, falling on a stair with a carpet runner is much more fun than falling on one without any!”
“A soldier enforcing a military blockade of an enemy in wartime against a blockade runner is not committing acrime.”
“The reason he's a good front-runner is he can pick and choose his shots, and he's not been pushed into shots that he doesn't have to hit.”
“I m still a new runner--and I use the word runner loosely, since I still can t run up all the hills around my house.”
“I'm still a new runner--and I use the word runner loosely, since I still can't run up all the hills around my house.”
“The UCI earlier Thursday said Tour of Spain runner-up Mosquera and his teammate Garcia have both tested positive for a banned substance, Hydroxyethyl Starch, also known as HES.”
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