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ˈmær əˌθɒn, -θənMarathon

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. marathon, endurance contestnoun

    any long and arduous undertaking

  2. marathonnoun

    a footrace of 26 miles 385 yards

  3. Marathon, battle of Marathonnoun

    a battle in 490 BC in which the Athenians and their allies defeated the Persians

Wiktionary

  1. marathonnoun

    A 42.195 kilometre (26 mile 385 yard) road race.

    Etymology: Μαραθών, a town northeast of Athens. Phidippides the Greek ran the distance from Marathon to Athens to deliver a message regarding the Battle of Marathon. The modern sport of marathon running is based on a run approximately the same distance.

  2. marathonnoun

    Any extended or sustained activity.

    He had a cleaning marathon the night before his girlfriend came over.

    Etymology: Μαραθών, a town northeast of Athens. Phidippides the Greek ran the distance from Marathon to Athens to deliver a message regarding the Battle of Marathon. The modern sport of marathon running is based on a run approximately the same distance.

Freebase

  1. Marathon

    The marathon is a long-distance running event with an official distance of 42.195 kilometres, that is usually run as a road race. The event was instituted in commemoration of the fabled run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides, a messenger from the Battle of Marathon to Athens. The marathon was one of the original modern Olympic events in 1896, though the distance did not become standardized until 1921. More than 500 marathons are held throughout the world each year, with the vast majority of competitors being recreational athletes. Smaller marathons, such as the Stanley Marathon, can have just dozens of participants, while larger marathons can have tens of thousands of participants.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Marathon

    a village, 22 m. NE. of Athens, on the sea border of a plain where the Greeks under Miltiades on a world-famous occasion defeated the Persians under Darius in 480 B.C.; the plain on which the battle was fought extends between mountains on the W. and the sea on the E.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. marathon

    A village on the east shore of Attica, 20 miles northeast from Athens. Here on September 28 and 29, 490 B.C., the Greeks, only 10,000 strong, defeated the Persian army amounting to 200,000, who had 6400 killed. The Greek loss was 192 Athenians killed, besides some Platæans and slaves. The Greeks were commanded by Miltiades, Aristides, and Themistocles. Among the slain was Hippias, the instigator of the war. The Persian army was forced to retreat to Asia.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Marathon in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Marathon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Marathon in a Sentence

  1. Benjamin Wilks:

    The BolderBoulder, for us, was a great way to showcase the service we provide, not necessarily to say it’s our target market, a 10K isn’t the distance where you’d need our service. Treatments are ideal for marathon runners, Ironman triathletes, long distance cycling, running or adventure races.

  2. Boston Harbor:

    The crowds are loud, boisterous, they love the marathon, they hang out, cheer. It's a good day for everybody.

  3. London Marathon:

    Winning my first London Marathon title on my fourth attempt last year was a special moment for me, now I have tasted success in London, I am determined to win again. But I know it will be tougher than ever in 2015.

  4. Judy Clarke:

    For this destruction, suffering and profound loss, there is no excuse, no one is trying to make one. Planting bombs at the Boston Marathon one year and 51 weeks ago was a senseless act.

  5. Hollie Pearne-Webb:

    We all know that we’re still in this. Game one is out of the way and it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

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