Definitions for racereɪs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

racereɪs(n.; v.)raced, rac•ing.

  1. (n.)a contest of speed, as in running, riding, driving, or sailing.

  2. races, a series of races, run at a set time over a regular course.

  3. any contest or competition, esp. to achieve superiority:

    an arms race.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. an urgent effort, as when a solution is imperative:

    a race to find a vaccine.

  5. onward movement; an onward or regular course.

  6. the course of time or life.

  7. a strong or rapid current of water, as in the sea or a river. the channel or bed of such a current or of any stream.

    Category: Geology

  8. an artificial channel leading water to or from a place where its energy is utilized.

    Category: Civil Engineering

  9. a channel, groove, or the like, for sliding or rolling a part or parts, as the balls of a ball bearing.

    Category: Machinery

  10. (v.i.)to engage in a contest of speed; run a race.

  11. to run horses or dogs in races.

  12. to run, move, or go swiftly.

  13. (of an engine, wheel, etc.) to run with undue or uncontrolled speed when the load is diminished without corresponding diminution of fuel, force, etc.

  14. (v.t.)to run a race against.

  15. to enter (a horse, car, etc.) in a race.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  16. to cause to run, move, or go at high speed:

    to race a motor.

    Category: Automotive

Origin of race:

1250–1300; < ON rās a running, race


  1. a group of persons related by common descent or heredity.

  2. Anthropol. a classification of modern humans, sometimes, esp. formerly, based on an arbitrary selection of physical characteristics, as skin color, facial form, or eye shape, and now frequently based on such genetic markers as blood groups. a human population partially isolated reproductively from other populations, whose members share a greater degree of physical and genetic similarity with one another than with other humans.

    Category: Physical Anthropology

  3. any people united by common history, language, cultural traits, etc.:

    the Dutch race.

  4. the human race or family; humankind.

  5. Zool. a variety; subspecies.

    Category: Zoology

  6. any group, class, or kind, esp. of persons.

  7. the characteristic taste or flavor of wine.

    Category: Viniculture/Winemaking

Origin of race:

1490–1500; < F < It razza, of uncert. orig.


  1. Cape, a cape at the SE extremity of Newfoundland.

    Category: Geography (places)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. race(noun)

    any competition

    "the race for the presidency"

  2. race(noun)

    a contest of speed

    "the race is to the swift"

  3. race(noun)

    people who are believed to belong to the same genetic stock

    "some biologists doubt that there are important genetic differences between races of human beings"

  4. subspecies, race(noun)

    (biology) a taxonomic group that is a division of a species; usually arises as a consequence of geographical isolation within a species

  5. slipstream, airstream, race, backwash, wash(noun)

    the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller

  6. raceway, race(verb)

    a canal for a current of water

  7. rush, hotfoot, hasten, hie, speed, race, pelt along, rush along, cannonball along, bucket along, belt along, step on it(verb)

    move fast

    "He rushed down the hall to receive his guests"; "The cars raced down the street"

  8. race, run(verb)

    compete in a race

    "he is running the Marathon this year"; "let's race and see who gets there first"

  9. race(verb)

    to work as fast as possible towards a goal, sometimes in competition with others

    "We are racing to find a cure for AIDS"

  10. race, rush(verb)

    cause to move fast or to rush or race

    "The psychologist raced the rats through a long maze"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. race(noun)ɪs

    a competition of speed

    a running race; to win/lose a race

  2. raceɪs

    an event at which horses or dogs run against each other

  3. raceɪs

    a competition to get the best position or most power

    the race for president

  4. raceɪs

    a group of people defined by the color of their skin, shape of their features, etc.

    race and gender; people of many races

  5. raceɪs

    a situation in which sth must be done quickly

    The rescue was a race against time.

  6. race(verb)ɪs

    to take part in a race

    Come on, I'll race you to that post.

  7. raceɪs

    to go somewhere, move, or do sth quickly

    We watched her racing along the hight street.; He raced through his speech.

  8. raceɪs

    to take sb somewhere quickly

    They raced him into the operating theater.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Race(verb)

    to raze

  2. Race(noun)

    a root

  3. Race(noun)

    the descendants of a common ancestor; a family, tribe, people, or nation, believed or presumed to belong to the same stock; a lineage; a breed

  4. Race(noun)

    company; herd; breed

  5. Race(noun)

    a variety of such fixed character that it may be propagated by seed

  6. Race(noun)

    peculiar flavor, taste, or strength, as of wine; that quality, or assemblage of qualities, which indicates origin or kind, as in wine; hence, characteristic flavor; smack

  7. Race(noun)

    hence, characteristic quality or disposition

  8. Race(noun)

    a progress; a course; a movement or progression

  9. Race(noun)

    esp., swift progress; rapid course; a running

  10. Race(noun)

    hence: The act or process of running in competition; a contest of speed in any way, as in running, riding, driving, skating, rowing, sailing; in the plural, usually, a meeting for contests in the running of horses; as, he attended the races

  11. Race(noun)

    competitive action of any kind, especially when prolonged; hence, career; course of life

  12. Race(noun)

    a strong or rapid current of water, or the channel or passage for such a current; a powerful current or heavy sea, sometimes produced by the meeting of two tides; as, the Portland Race; the Race of Alderney

  13. Race(noun)

    the current of water that turns a water wheel, or the channel in which it flows; a mill race

  14. Race(noun)

    a channel or guide along which a shuttle is driven back and forth, as in a loom, sewing machine, etc

  15. Race(verb)

    to run swiftly; to contend in a race; as, the animals raced over the ground; the ships raced from port to port

  16. Race(verb)

    to run too fast at times, as a marine engine or screw, when the screw is lifted out of water by the action of a heavy sea

  17. Race(verb)

    to cause to contend in a race; to drive at high speed; as, to race horses

  18. Race(verb)

    to run a race with


  1. Race

    Race is a classification system used to categorize humans into large and distinct populations or groups by anatomical, cultural, ethnic, genetic, geographical, historical, linguistic, religious, or social affiliation. First used to denote national affiliations, the term began to be used to relate to physical traits in the 17th century and promoted hierarchies favorable to differing ethnic groups. Starting from the 19th century the term was often used, in a taxonomic sense, to denote genetically differentiated human populations defined by phenotype. While biologists sometimes use the concept of race to make distinctions among fuzzy sets of traits, others in the scientific community suggest that the idea of race often is used in a naive or simplistic way, i.e. that among humans, race has no taxonomic significance: all living humans belong to the same species, Homo sapiens and subspecies, Homo sapiens sapiens. Social conceptions and groupings of races vary over time, involving folk taxonomies that define essential types of individuals based on perceived traits. Scientists consider biological essentialism obsolete, and generally discourage racial explanations for collective differentiation in both physical and behavioral traits.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'race' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1386

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'race' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2042

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'race' in Nouns Frequency: #514

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'race' in Verbs Frequency: #508

Anagrams of race

  1. Acre

Translations for race

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


any one section of mankind, having a particular set of characteristics which make it different from other sections

the Negro race; the white races; (also adjective) race relations.

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