from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An uninterrupted rehearsal: did a run-through of act one.
  • n. A brief outline or summary.

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  • n. A rehearsal of a drama, especially an uninterrupted one, but with no makeup or costume
  • n. A brief outline of the main points of something; a rundown

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an uninterrupted rehearsal


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  • As all 80 of us line up backstage, I do another word run-through of the two songs I know least, the warp-speed Hela'r Sgyfarnog (Hunting the Hare) and the melancholy ballad Cennin Aur (Daffodils). - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • And who can say whether the differences were a result of the first run-through preparing the musicians for the second one in a free-for-all discussion, one of the performers remarked, "It's like a marriage: at first we just moved in together, and then we learned something about the quirks we each have"; or of the changed, more informal atmospherics; or any number of other factors?

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  • "I texted her from our run-through and asked if she would DJ," said Mr. Benz.

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  • During a run-through one night, Mr. Lindsay-Hogg was sitting in front of the stage, and Welles was there too, "prowling the unlit orchestra watching the bright action."

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  • While this first time run-through for Herbert and Chouchan was respectable, it was also equally far from deeply satisfying.

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  • But because of the fast turnaround time of the program and the effort that went into getting its approval, we had only one run-through together.

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  • WSJ: Some see "Madigan" as a run-through for director Don Siegel 's better known subsequent film, "Dirty Harry."

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  • Our run-through of the Senate races to watch is below.

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  • Tell me the title of the work you'd like to hear me read, and I'll give it a run-through to check the timing, (if I don't already know this,) and send you back a quote on the price with an estimate of when I can have it done by.

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  • After only one run-through, it is clear that the MTV Unplugged album gave Katy Perry another opportunity to play with some of her earlier compositions — an opportunity that she takes full advantage of.

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