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ˈrʌnˌɔf, -ˌɒfrunoff

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  1. overflow, runoff, overspillnoun

    the occurrence of surplus liquid (as water) exceeding the limit or capacity

  2. runoffnoun

    a final election to resolve an earlier election that did not produce a winner


  1. runoffnoun

    That portion of precipitation or irrigation on an area which does not infiltrate or evaporate, but instead is discharged from the area.

  2. runoffnoun

    Dissolved chemicals, etc, included in such water.

    The runoff of nitrates is poisoning the lake.

  3. runoffnoun

    A second or further round of an indecisive election, after other candidates (often all but the last two) have been eliminated

    There will now be a runoff as neither front runner received more than 50% of the vote.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of runoff in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of runoff in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of runoff in a Sentence

  1. Jason Kirk:

    Our water managers have dealt with such large quantities of rain and runoff entering the lake that it would cover the entire state of Delaware in two feet of water, however, after visiting with local elected officials in Martin County yesterday and viewing the algae first hand, we felt compelled to take action, even though we need to remain vigilant in managing the level of Lake Okeechobee.

  2. Geoff Duncan:

    We've seen the circus come to town before, most memorably during the runoff with Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. We watched how 99.9% of the festivities were centered around him, talking about how he was wronged in an election, it was a fraudulent deal, and just creates and sows chaos and confusion as to why people should or shouldn’t show up to vote.

  3. Jay Sirois:

    Essentially, what's happening is, two ingredients that are both safe and effective for use in sunscreen are being banned, essentially on the basis of a single study which claims that these ingredients harm coral reefs, this has to be viewed in the wider picture of the significant amount of evidence available that shows there are other, more important causes of coral decline such as global warming, overfishing, pollution and runoff.

  4. Allison Yates:

    I always vote for the candidate who most aligns with my Christian faith. In this runoff especially, I'm voting for the candidates who are pro-life.

  5. Coast Guard officials:

    Search crews from the Sheriffs Office are still combing the area and will continue searching depending on conditions, the river in this area is approximately 50 degrees and due to heavy rainfall and runoff in our region, the river is flowing very fast.

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    (of a flowering plant) having two cotyledons in the seed
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