from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Sports One who runs, as for exercise or in a race.
  • noun Baseball One who runs the bases.
  • noun Football One who carries the ball.
  • noun A fugitive.
  • noun One who carries messages or runs errands.
  • noun One who serves as an agent or collector, as for a bank or brokerage house.
  • noun One who solicits business, as for a hotel or store.
  • noun A smuggler.
  • noun A vessel engaged in smuggling.
  • noun One who operates or manages something.
  • noun A device in or on which something slides or moves, as.
  • noun The blade of a skate.
  • noun The supports on which a drawer slides.
  • noun A long narrow carpet.
  • noun A long narrow tablecloth.
  • noun Metallurgy A channel along which molten metal is poured into a mold; a gate.
  • noun A twining bean plant, such as the scarlet runner.
  • noun Either of two fast-swimming marine fishes of the family Carangidae, the blue runner (Caranx crysos) of Atlantic waters, or the rainbow runner (Elagatis bipinnulata) of tropical and subtropical waters worldwide.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as leather-jacket .
  • noun The common jurel or hardtail, Carangus chrysos.
  • noun A newsboy.
  • noun In hunting, see the extract.
  • noun A wheel for decorating pottery. See coggle. Also called decorating-wheel.
  • noun plural The fibers that fray off the warp-yarn and collect behind the loom-reed in the process of weaving.
  • noun One who or that which runs.
  • noun One who is in the act of running, as in any game or sport.
  • noun One who frequents or runs habitually to a place.
  • noun A runaway; a fugitive; a deserter.
  • noun One who risks or evades dangers, impediments, or legal restrictions, as in blockade-running or smuggling; especially, a smuggler.
  • noun An operator or manager, as of an engine or a machine.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A commercial traveler. [U. S.]
  • noun A running stream; a run.
  • noun plural In ornithology, specifically, the Cursores or Brevipennes.
  • noun plural In entomology, specifically, the cursorial orthopterous insects; the cockroaches. See Cursoria.
  • noun A carangoid fish, the leather-jacket, Elagatis pinnulatus.
  • noun 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.
  • noun In machinery: The tight pulley of a system of fast-and-loose pulleys
  • noun In a grinding-mill, the stone which is turned, in distinction from the fixed stone, or bedstone. See cuts under mill, 1.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A single rope rove through a movable block, having an cye or thimble in the end of which a tackle is hooked.
  • noun 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.
  • noun In optical-instrument making, a convex cast-iron support for lenses, used in shaping them by grinding.


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