from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Preterit of run.
  • noun Open robbery and rapine; force; violence.
  • noun A song.
  • noun Same as runn.
  • noun The hank of a string.
  • noun In ropemaking, twenty cords of twine wound on a reel, every cord being so parted by a knot as to be easily separated from the others.
  • noun Nautical, yarns coiled on a spun-yarn winch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • imp. of run.
  • noun obsolete Open robbery.
  • noun (Naut.) Yarns coiled on a spun-yarn winch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Simple past of run.
  • noun nautical Yarns coiled on a spun-yarn winch.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word ran.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • Norwegian for robbery

    March 27, 2009