What does running mean?

Definitions for running
ˈrʌn ɪŋrun·ning

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. run, running, running play, running gamenoun

    (American football) a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team

    "the defensive line braced to stop the run"; "the coach put great emphasis on running"

  2. run, runningnoun

    the act of running; traveling on foot at a fast pace

    "he broke into a run"; "his daily run keeps him fit"

  3. runningnoun

    the state of being in operation

    "the engine is running smoothly"

  4. runningnoun

    the act of administering or being in charge of something

    "he has responsibility for the running of two companies at the same time"

  5. track, runningadjective

    the act of participating in an athletic competition involving running on a track

  6. running(a)adjective

    (of fluids) moving or issuing in a stream

    "as mountain stream with freely running water"; "hovels without running water"

  7. running(a)adjective

    continually repeated over a period of time

    "a running joke among us"

  8. running(a)adjective

    of advancing the ball by running

    "the team's running plays worked better than its pass plays"

  9. running(a)adjective

    executed or initiated by running

    "running plays worked better than pass plays"; "took a running jump"; "a running start"

  10. linear, running(a)adjective

    measured lengthwise

    "cost of lumber per running foot"

  11. running(a), operative, functional, working(a)adjective

    (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing

    "in running (or working) order"; "a functional set of brakes"


  1. runningnoun

    The action of the verb to run.

    His running of the business leaves something to be desired.

  2. runningnoun

    The activity of running as a form of exercise, as a sport, or for any other reason

  3. runningadverb

    consecutively; in a row

    Mom's strawberry jam won the blue ribbon at the Holland County Fair three years running.

  4. runningadjective

    That which runs or run.


  1. Running

    Running is the lead single by alternative rock band Evermore, taken from their second studio album, Real Life (July 2006). It was written by backing vocalist and drummer, Dann Hume. It was issued on 3 June, ahead of the album. It was co-produced by Jon with John Alagía (Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer). It peaked at No. 4 on their native RIANZ Singles Chart in New Zealand and No. 5 on their adopted country of Australia's ARIA Singles Chart.


  1. running

    Running refers to the act of moving forward rapidly by pushing off alternately with each foot, typically at a pace faster than walking, where both feet are momentarily off the ground between strides. It is a form of aerobic exercise and physical activity that involves a continuous and rhythmic motion of the legs and entire body, typically with the aim of covering a distance efficiently and quickly. Running can be performed both competitively, such as in races or marathons, or as a recreational activity. It is known for its cardiovascular benefits, contribution to endurance, and potential for improving overall physical fitness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Running

    of Run

  2. Runningadjective

    moving or advancing by running

  3. Runningadjective

    having a running gait; not a trotter or pacer

  4. Runningadjective

    trained and kept for running races; as, a running horse

  5. Runningadjective

    successive; one following the other without break or intervention; -- said of periods of time; as, to be away two days running; to sow land two years running

  6. Runningadjective

    flowing; easy; cursive; as, a running hand

  7. Runningadjective

    continuous; keeping along step by step; as, he stated the facts with a running explanation

  8. Runningadjective

    extending by a slender climbing or trailing stem; as, a running vine

  9. Runningadjective

    discharging pus; as, a running sore

  10. Runningnoun

    the act of one who, or of that which runs; as, the running was slow

  11. Runningnoun

    that which runs or flows; the quantity of a liquid which flows in a certain time or during a certain operation; as, the first running of a still

  12. Runningnoun

    the discharge from an ulcer or other sore


  1. Running

    Running is a means of terrestrial locomotion allowing humans and other animals to move rapidly on foot. It is simply defined in athletics terms as a gait in which at regular points during the running cycle both feet are off the ground. This is in contrast to walking, where one foot is always in contact with the ground, the legs are kept mostly straight and the center of gravity vaults over the stance leg or legs in an inverted pendulum fashion. A characteristic feature of a running body from the viewpoint of spring-mass mechanics is that changes in kinetic and potential energy within a stride occur simultaneously, with energy storage accomplished by springy tendons and passive muscle elasticity. The term running can refer to any of a variety of speeds ranging from jogging to sprinting. The ancestors of mankind developed the ability to run for long distances about four and a half million years ago, probably in order to hunt animals. Competitive running grew out of religious festivals in various areas. Records of competitive racing date back to the Tailteann Games in Ireland in 1829 BCE, while the first recorded Olympic Games took place in 776 BCE.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Running

    An activity in which the body is propelled by moving the legs rapidly. Running is performed at a moderate to rapid pace and should be differentiated from JOGGING, which is performed at a much slower pace.

Editors Contribution

  1. runningverb

    Verb form of the word run.

    Running is so good for you, children and adults love it.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 27, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Running is ranked #19105 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Running surname appeared 1,424 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Running.

    91.7% or 1,306 total occurrences were White.
    4% or 58 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    2.2% or 32 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.9% or 13 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 10 total occurrences were Black.
    0.3% or 5 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'running' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1033

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'running' in Written Corpus Frequency: #733

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'running' in Nouns Frequency: #1735

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'running' in Adjectives Frequency: #795

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of running in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of running in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of running in a Sentence

  1. Jayce Tingler:

    We're going to play fearless, we're not going to stop being aggressive, we're not afraid to get thrown out. That's what I love. The way the guys are busting, the way they're running the bases, the at-bats, the defense, the pitching. It's exciting baseball and it's guys pulling for one another, playing with energy.

  2. Sebastien Chain:

    I think people are running a big risk by not using an expert.

  3. Marie Justice:

    We, as coal miners, have provided energy through World War II and through the years. And, all of a sudden, at this point, everybody’s running, but you know what? This has been the steady energy for this country.

  4. Mike Romano:

    The east coast of Yorkshire is known as the Dinosaur Coast for very good reasons, although these different types do not necessarily represent the same number of different dinosaurs, they do indicate a diverse ecosystem of animals including both carnivores and herbivores that roamed the Jurassic coastal plain and (river) complex some 160-175 million years ago. The prints also allow us to interpret their behaviour. Thus, we have records of walking, running and swimming dinosaurs.

  5. Valerie Street:

    There is still time. These federal legislative proposals can still be of help. But the time is running out.

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