What does race mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word race.

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"

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

  19. Origin: [OF. raz, L. radix, -icis. See Radix.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Race

    rās, n. the human family: the descendants of a common ancestor: a breed or variety: a tribal or national stock: a line of persons, as of statesmen, or of animals, as the feline race: a herd: peculiar flavour, as of wine, by which its origin may be recognised: (Shak.) intrinsic character, vigour. [Fr.,—Old High Ger. reiza, a line.]

  2. Race

    rās, n. rapid motion: trial of speed: progress: course of action: a strong and rapid current: a canal to a water-wheel: a competitive trial of speed in running, walking, &c.: a horse-race, as the Ascot races.—v.i. to run swiftly: to contend in running.—v.t. to cause to race, as steamers, horses, &c.—ns. Race′-card, a card containing information about races; Race′-course, -ground, -track, the course over which races are run; Race′-cup, a piece of plate forming a prize at a race; Race′horse, a horse bred for racing; Race′-meet′ing, a meeting for purposes of horse-racing; Rā′cer, one who races: a racehorse; Race′-way, a mill-race; Rā′cing, the running of races; Rā′cing-bit, a light jointed ring-bit; Consolā′tion-race (see Consolation); Flat′-race, a horse-race over level or clear ground—opp. to a Hurdle-race or Steeplechase, which are called generally Obstacle-races.—Racing calendar, a full list of races to be run. [A.S. rǽs, stream; Ice. rás, rapid course.]

  3. Race

    rās, n. (Shak.) a root.—n. Race′-gin′ger, unpulverised ginger. [O. Fr. rais—L. radix, a root.]

  4. Race

    rās, v.t. (obs.)=Raze.—adj. Raced.

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of race in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of race in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Hurst Lin:

    It's an arms race.

  2. Aesop:

    Plodding wins the race.

  3. Joe Gibbs:

    The Great American Race.

  4. Craig Robinson:

    We have a three-way race.

  5. Thabiso Monkoe:

    Embrace the human race”

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