What does marathon mean?
Definitions for marathon
ˈmær əˌθɒn, -θənmarathon
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word marathon.
marathon, endurance contestnoun
any long and arduous undertaking
a footrace of 26 miles 385 yards
Marathon, battle of Marathonnoun
a battle in 490 BC in which the Athenians and their allies defeated the Persians
A 42.195 kilometre (26 mile 385 yard) road race.
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.
The marathon is a long-distance foot race with a distance of 42.195 km (26 mi 385 yd), usually run as a road race, but the distance can be covered on trail routes. The marathon can be completed by running or with a run/walk strategy. There are also wheelchair divisions. More than 800 marathons are held throughout the world each year, with the vast majority of competitors being recreational athletes, as larger marathons can have tens of thousands of participants.The marathon was one of the original modern Olympic events in 1896. The distance did not become standardized until 1921. The distance is also included in the World Athletics Championships, which began in 1983. It is the only running road race included in both championship competitions (walking races on the roads are also contested in both).
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
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
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.
Song lyrics by marathon -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by marathon on the Lyrics.com website.
The numerical value of marathon in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of marathon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Examples of marathon in a Sentence
Trying something in a television world is almost like moving from the track to the marathon -- it's like the same sport but a different event, it's like we're learning new rules and that's what's fun about the running and the creative worlds -- you can try new mediums and new events... similar muscles but different.
I spoke to our North Korean partners this morning who said they were in discussions with the marathon committee about reopening the event to foreign runners, it looks likely we'll be able to have our groups join the race as planned. We're still awaiting full confirmation, which should come in a couple of days.
Once we have approval, it's a very short time indeed, we already have a mosquito-raising facility in Marathon, Florida, so we would send the eggs from the United Kingdom and begin growing them.
We all know that we’re still in this. Game one is out of the way and it’s a marathon, not a sprint.
We have some incredible memories. When I think about Boston, I definitely think about 2004, 2007, and of course 2013, after the city was shaken by a marathon bombing. I have never seen a community bounce back and reunite like Boston.
Popularity rank by frequency of use
Translations for marathon
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- maratóCatalan, Valencian
- marathon, maraton, maratonløbDanish
- Marathon-, MarathonGerman
- μαραθώνιος, μαραθώναςGreek
- maraton, maraton-Finnish
- marathon, maratonHungarian
- Marathon, cursusLatin
- maraton, maratonløpNorwegian
- maraton, maratonlopp, maraton-Swedish
Get even more translations for marathon »
Find a translation for the marathon definition in other languages:
Select another language:
- - Select -
- 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
- 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
- Español (Spanish)
- Esperanto (Esperanto)
- 日本語 (Japanese)
- Português (Portuguese)
- Deutsch (German)
- العربية (Arabic)
- Français (French)
- Русский (Russian)
- ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
- 한국어 (Korean)
- עברית (Hebrew)
- Gaeilge (Irish)
- Українська (Ukrainian)
- اردو (Urdu)
- Magyar (Hungarian)
- मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
- Indonesia (Indonesian)
- Italiano (Italian)
- தமிழ் (Tamil)
- Türkçe (Turkish)
- తెలుగు (Telugu)
- ภาษาไทย (Thai)
- Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
- Čeština (Czech)
- Polski (Polish)
- Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
- Românește (Romanian)
- Nederlands (Dutch)
- Ελληνικά (Greek)
- Latinum (Latin)
- Svenska (Swedish)
- Dansk (Danish)
- Suomi (Finnish)
- فارسی (Persian)
- ייִדיש (Yiddish)
- հայերեն (Armenian)
- Norsk (Norwegian)
- English (English)
Word of the Day
Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?
Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:
"marathon." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 1 Jun 2023. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/marathon>.
Discuss these marathon definitions with the community:
We're doing our best to make sure our content is useful, accurate and safe.
If by any chance you spot an inappropriate comment while navigating through our website please use this form to let us know, and we'll take care of it shortly.
You need to be logged in to favorite.