• of Run
• (p. p.) of Run
• (a.) To move, proceed, advance, pass, go, come, etc., swiftly,
smoothly, or with quick action; -- said of things animate or inanimate.
Hence, to flow, glide, or roll onward, as a stream, a snake, a wagon,
etc.; to move by quicker action than in walking, as a person, a horse,
• (a.) To go swiftly; to pass at a swift pace; to hasten.
• (a.) To flee, as from fear or danger.
• (a.) To steal off; to depart secretly.
• (a.) To contend in a race; hence, to enter into a contest; to
become a candidate; as, to run for Congress.
• (a.) To pass from one state or condition to another; to come into a
certain condition; -- often with in or into; as, to run into evil
practices; to run in debt.
• (a.) To exert continuous activity; to proceed; as, to run through
life; to run in a circle.
• (a.) To pass or go quickly in thought or conversation; as, to run
from one subject to another.
• (a.) To discuss; to continue to think or speak about something; --
• (a.) To make numerous drafts or demands for payment, as upon a
bank; -- with on.
• (a.) To creep, as serpents.
• (a.) To flow, as a liquid; to ascend or descend; to course; as,
rivers run to the sea; sap runs up in the spring; her blood ran cold.
• (a.) To proceed along a surface; to extend; to spread.
• (a.) To become fluid; to melt; to fuse.
• (a.) To turn, as a wheel; to revolve on an axis or pivot; as, a
wheel runs swiftly round.
• (a.) To travel; to make progress; to be moved by mechanical means;
to go; as, the steamboat runs regularly to Albany; the train runs to
• (a.) To extend; to reach; as, the road runs from Philadelphia to
New York; the memory of man runneth not to the contrary.
• (a.) To go back and forth from place to place; to ply; as, the
stage runs between the hotel and the station.
• (a.) To make progress; to proceed; to pass.
• (a.) To continue in operation; to be kept in action or motion; as,
this engine runs night and day; the mill runs six days in the week.
• (a.) To have a course or direction; as, a line runs east and west.
• (a.) To be in form thus, as a combination of words.
• (a.) To be popularly known; to be generally received.
• (a.) To have growth or development; as, boys and girls run up
• (a.) To tend, as to an effect or consequence; to incline.
• (a.) To spread and blend together; to unite; as, colors run in
• (a.) To have a legal course; to be attached; to continue in force,
effect, or operation; to follow; to go in company; as, certain
covenants run with the land.
• (a.) To continue without falling due; to hold good; as, a note has
thirty days to run.
• (a.) To discharge pus or other matter; as, an ulcer runs.
• (a.) To be played on the stage a number of successive days or
nights; as, the piece ran for six months.
• (a.) To sail before the wind, in distinction from reaching or
sailing closehauled; -- said of vessels.
• (a.) Specifically, of a horse: To move rapidly in a gait in which
each leg acts in turn as a propeller and a supporter, and in which for
an instant all the limbs are gathered in the air under the body.
• (a.) To move rapidly by springing steps so that there is an instant
in each step when neither foot touches the ground; -- so distinguished
from walking in athletic competition.
• (v. t.) To cause to run (in the various senses of Run, v. i.); as,
to run a horse; to run a stage; to run a machine; to run a rope through
• (v. i.) To pursue in thought; to carry in contemplation.
• (v. i.) To cause to enter; to thrust; as, to run a sword into or
through the body; to run a nail into the foot.
• (v. i.) To drive or force; to cause, or permit, to be driven.
• (v. i.) To fuse; to shape; to mold; to cast; as, to run bullets,
and the like.
• (v. i.) To cause to be drawn; to mark out; to indicate; to
determine; as, to run a line.
• (v. i.) To cause to pass, or evade, offical restrictions; to
smuggle; -- said of contraband or dutiable goods.
• (v. i.) To go through or accomplish by running; as, to run a race;
to run a certain career.
• (v. i.) To cause to stand as a candidate for office; to support for
office; as, to run some one for Congress.
• (v. i.) To encounter or incur, as a danger or risk; as, to run the
risk of losing one's life. See To run the chances, below.
• (v. i.) To put at hazard; to venture; to risk.
• (v. i.) To discharge; to emit; to give forth copiously; to be
bathed with; as, the pipe or faucet runs hot water.
• (v. i.) To be charged with, or to contain much of, while flowing;
as, the rivers ran blood.
• (v. i.) To conduct; to manage; to carry on; as, to run a factory or
• (v. i.) To tease with sarcasms and ridicule.
• (v. i.) To sew, as a seam, by passing the needle through material
in a continuous line, generally taking a series of stitches on the
needle at the same time.
• (v. i.) To migrate or move in schools; -- said of fish; esp., to
ascend a river in order to spawn.
• (n.) The act of running; as, a long run; a good run; a quick run;
to go on the run.
• (n.) A small stream; a brook; a creek.
• (n.) That which runs or flows in the course of a certain operation,
or during a certain time; as, a run of must in wine making; the first
run of sap in a maple orchard.
• (n.) A course; a series; that which continues in a certain course
or series; as, a run of good or bad luck.
• (n.) State of being current; currency; popularity.
• (n.) Continued repetition on the stage; -- said of a play; as, to
have a run of a hundred successive nights.
• (n.) A continuing urgent demand; especially, a pressure on a bank
or treasury for payment of its notes.
• (n.) A range or extent of ground for feeding stock; as, a sheep
• (n.) The aftermost part of a vessel's hull where it narrows toward
the stern, under the quarter.
• (n.) The distance sailed by a ship; as, a good run; a run of fifty
• (n.) A voyage; as, a run to China.
• (n.) A pleasure excursion; a trip.
• (n.) The horizontal distance to which a drift may be carried,
either by license of the proprietor of a mine or by the nature of the
formation; also, the direction which a vein of ore or other substance
• (n.) A roulade, or series of running tones.
• (n.) The greatest degree of swiftness in marching. It is executed
upon the same principles as the double-quick, but with greater speed.
• (n.) The act of migrating, or ascending a river to spawn; -- said
of fish; also, an assemblage or school of fishes which migrate, or
ascend a river for the purpose of spawning.
• (n.) In baseball, a complete circuit of the bases made by a player,
which enables him to score one; in cricket, a passing from one wicket
to the other, by which one point is scored; as, a player made three
runs; the side went out with two hundred runs.
• (n.) A pair or set of millstones.
• (a.) Melted, or made from molten material; cast in a mold; as, run
butter; run iron or lead.
• (a.) Smuggled; as, run goods.