What does runner mean?

Definitions for runner
ˈrʌn ərrun·ner

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. smuggler, runner, contrabandist, moon curser, moon-cursernoun

    someone who imports or exports without paying duties

  2. runnernoun

    someone who travels on foot by running

  3. runnernoun

    a person who is employed to deliver messages or documents

    "he sent a runner over with the contract"

  4. base runner, runnernoun

    a baseball player on the team at bat who is on base (or attempting to reach a base)

  5. stolon, runner, offsetnoun

    a horizontal branch from the base of plant that produces new plants from buds at its tips

  6. runnernoun

    a trained athlete who competes in foot races

  7. ball carrier, runnernoun

    (football) the player who is carrying (and trying to advance) the ball on an offensive play

  8. runnernoun

    a long narrow carpet

  9. runnernoun

    device consisting of the parts on which something can slide along

  10. runner, blue runner, Caranx crysosnoun

    fish of western Atlantic: Cape Cod to Brazil


  1. runnernoun

    Agent noun of run; somebody who runs.

  2. runnernoun

    A quick escape away from a scene.

    He did a runner after robbing the drugstore

  3. runnernoun

    A type of soft-soled shoe originally intended for runners, compare trainer; a sneaker.

  4. runnernoun

    A part of an apparatus that moves quickly

    After the cycle completes, the runner travels back quickly to be in place for the next cycle.

  5. runnernoun

    A mechanical part intended for wheels to run on or to slide against another surface.

  6. runnernoun

    A strip of fabric used to decorate a table.

    The red runner makes the table so festive.

  7. runnernoun

    A long, narrow carpet for a high traffic area such as a hall or stairs.

    How about we put down a clear runner in the front hall.

  8. runnernoun

    a player who runs for a batsman who is too injured to run; he is dressed exactly as the injured batsman, and carries a bat.

  9. runnernoun

    A player who runs the bases.

  10. runnernoun

    A person (from one or the other team) who runs out onto the field during the game to take verbal instructions from the coach to the players. A runner mustn't interfere with play, and may have to wear an identifying shirt to make clear his or her purpose on the field.

    The runner was out at second.

  11. runnernoun

    A part of a cigarette that is burning unevenly.

  12. runnernoun

    A long stolon sent out by a plant (such as strawberry), in order to root new plantlets.

  13. runnernoun

    A short sling with a karabiner on either end, used to link the climbing rope to a bolt or other protection such as a nut or friend.

  14. runnernoun

    A competitor in a poker tournament.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Runnernoun

    one who, or that which, runs; a racer

    Etymology: [From Run.]

  2. Runnernoun

    a detective

    Etymology: [From Run.]

  3. Runnernoun

    a messenger

    Etymology: [From Run.]

  4. Runnernoun

    a smuggler

    Etymology: [From Run.]

  5. Runnernoun

    one employed to solicit patronage, as for a steamboat, hotel, shop, etc

    Etymology: [From Run.]

  6. Runnernoun

    a slender trailing branch which takes root at the joints or end and there forms new plants, as in the strawberry and the common cinquefoil

    Etymology: [From Run.]

  7. Runnernoun

    the rotating stone of a set of millstones

    Etymology: [From Run.]

  8. Runnernoun

    a rope rove through a block and used to increase the mechanical power of a tackle

    Etymology: [From Run.]

  9. Runnernoun

    one of the pieces on which a sled or sleigh slides; also the part or blade of a skate which slides on the ice

    Etymology: [From Run.]

  10. Runnernoun

    a horizontal channel in a mold, through which the metal flows to the cavity formed by the pattern; also, the waste metal left in such a channel

    Etymology: [From Run.]

  11. Runnernoun

    a trough or channel for leading molten metal from a furnace to a ladle, mold, or pig bed

    Etymology: [From Run.]

  12. Runnernoun

    the movable piece to which the ribs of an umbrella are attached

    Etymology: [From Run.]

  13. Runnernoun

    a food fish (Elagatis pinnulatus) of Florida and the West Indies; -- called also skipjack, shoemaker, and yellowtail. The name alludes to its rapid successive leaps from the water

    Etymology: [From Run.]

  14. Runnernoun

    any cursorial bird

    Etymology: [From Run.]

  15. Runnernoun

    a movable slab or rubber used in grinding or polishing a surface of stone

    Etymology: [From Run.]

  16. Runnernoun

    a tool on which lenses are fastened in a group, for polishing or grinding

    Etymology: [From Run.]


  1. Runner

    Sheppard and his team attempt to locate Lieutenant Ford, only to find themselves captives of a former soldier who is being hunted by the Wraith.

Editors Contribution

  1. runner

    A person who likes to run.

    The runner was moving at speed and was very healthy.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 28, 2020  
  2. runner

    A type of product and footwear created and designed in various colors, materials, shapes, shoe sizes and styles.

    The people of Ireland call their trainers runners.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 18, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'runner' in Nouns Frequency: #2297

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of runner in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of runner in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of runner in a Sentence

  1. Ryan Warrenburg:

    The biggest thing that we can do for anybody is give them a good platform of knowledge to take with them, so they can apply it to whatever race they are training for, and to have a healthy life as a runner.

  2. Marina Hassapopoulou:

    As he has done with the Blade Runner legacy via' Blade Runner 2049'( 2017), Denis Villeneuve is capable of bringing in new fans and sparking renewed interest in the source materials, his film' Arrival' demonstrates that he is capable of handling complex storytelling in a way that still makes it accessible to mainstream audiences.

  3. Markus Beyrer:

    The EU must not act as lone front-runner in implementing the BEPS agreement, and must not undermine the competitiveness of EU industry or damage the EU's attractiveness as an investment location.

  4. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio:

    I think we also have to look at the rhetoric coming from the front-runner in the presidential campaign, someone who's basically encouraged people in the audience to rough up anyone who stands up and says something he doesn't like.

  5. David Bedford:

    It will need a fast course and a competitive race because athletes bring out the best in each other when they are racing against other athletes, but they are using probably the greatest marathon runner that exists at the moment -- Eliud Kipchoge. They've certainly got the right person to do this experiment with.

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