from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small motorboat.
- n. A light aircraft.
- n. A small, open automobile or carriage.
- n. A vagabond or wanderer.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several small vehicles, especially a small motor car for use on short journeys.
- n. A motor car having a single row of seats (Wikipedia).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gadabout; a vagabond.
- n. Any light open wagon for ready and handy use.
- n. A small, light-weight, open motor-car, or one fitted with a buggy-top, designed to carry two persons, and intended to operate in towns or cities or within short distances; also a small motor-boat.
- n. One of a herd of cattle left to run about and graze at will.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an open automobile having a front seat and a rumble seat
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While the runabout is a faster deep-space vessel, the streamlined hull and large reinforced wings of the aeroshuttle make it significantly more efficient in high-speed atmospheric maneuvers and operations.
The trip to Bajor was too far for a transporter, and the runabout was the only way to get them there.
The last sight that Commander Sisko had of Bashir as the young doctor vanished into the runabout was a smug grin.
As she turned the corner of West Street, she saw, beside the canal and directly in front of the bridge, a new and smart-looking automobile, painted crimson and black, of the type known as a runabout, which she recognized as belonging to Mr. Ditmar.
The runabout was a bare fifty yards ahead of her, and it was coming on with a speed which shook even Lady's excitement-craving nerves.
Lee goes to see her twice a week, and on Sunday afternoon takes her out in his new and rakish runabout, that is as modern as his behavior is obsolete.
Reports have suggested the 23-foot half-cabin runabout, which is only licensed to hold eight passengers, was taken without permission from the owners.
The only reason they hadn’t done the same to the runabout was the tiny ship’s size, speed, and ability to turn on a dime.
It was a tiring "runabout" but it was refreshing to be out in the mountains and explore what I want to see.
Poor Mister Nog, going to all that trouble to scan me every time I stepped out of a runabout, and never looking at the stash of souvenirs I had left in the runabout.