To move, proceed, advance, pass, go, come, etc., swiftly,
smoothly, or with quick action; -- said of things animate or inanimate.
Hence, to flow, glide, or roll onward, as a stream, a snake, a wagon,
etc.; to move by quicker action than in walking, as a person, a horse,
To go swiftly; to pass at a swift pace; to hasten.
To flee, as from fear or danger.
To steal off; to depart secretly.
To contend in a race; hence, to enter into a contest; to
become a candidate; as, to run for Congress.
To pass from one state or condition to another; to come into a
certain condition; -- often with in or into; as, to run into evil
practices; to run in debt.
To exert continuous activity; to proceed; as, to run through
life; to run in a circle.
To pass or go quickly in thought or conversation; as, to run
from one subject to another.
To discuss; to continue to think or speak about something; --
To make numerous drafts or demands for payment, as upon a
bank; -- with on.
To creep, as serpents.
To flow, as a liquid; to ascend or descend; to course; as,
rivers run to the sea; sap runs up in the spring; her blood ran cold.
To proceed along a surface; to extend; to spread.
To become fluid; to melt; to fuse.
To turn, as a wheel; to revolve on an axis or pivot; as, a
wheel runs swiftly round.
To travel; to make progress; to be moved by mechanical means;
to go; as, the steamboat runs regularly to Albany; the train runs to
To extend; to reach; as, the road runs from Philadelphia to
New York; the memory of man runneth not to the contrary.
To go back and forth from place to place; to ply; as, the
stage runs between the hotel and the station.
To make progress; to proceed; to pass.
To continue in operation; to be kept in action or motion; as,
this engine runs night and day; the mill runs six days in the week.
To have a course or direction; as, a line runs east and west.
To be in form thus, as a combination of words.
To be popularly known; to be generally received.
To have growth or development; as, boys and girls run up
To tend, as to an effect or consequence; to incline.
To spread and blend together; to unite; as, colors run in
To have a legal course; to be attached; to continue in force,
effect, or operation; to follow; to go in company; as, certain
covenants run with the land.
To continue without falling due; to hold good; as, a note has
thirty days to run.
To discharge pus or other matter; as, an ulcer runs.
To be played on the stage a number of successive days or
nights; as, the piece ran for six months.
To sail before the wind, in distinction from reaching or
sailing closehauled; -- said of vessels.
Specifically, of a horse: To move rapidly in a gait in which
each leg acts in turn as a propeller and a supporter, and in which for
an instant all the limbs are gathered in the air under the body.
To move rapidly by springing steps so that there is an instant
in each step when neither foot touches the ground; -- so distinguished
from walking in athletic competition.
Melted, or made from molten material; cast in a mold; as, run
butter; run iron or lead.
Smuggled; as, run goods.
To cause to run (in the various senses of Run, v. i.); as,
to run a horse; to run a stage; to run a machine; to run a rope through
To pursue in thought; to carry in contemplation.
To cause to enter; to thrust; as, to run a sword into or
through the body; to run a nail into the foot.
To drive or force; to cause, or permit, to be driven.
To fuse; to shape; to mold; to cast; as, to run bullets,
and the like.
To cause to be drawn; to mark out; to indicate; to
determine; as, to run a line.
To cause to pass, or evade, offical restrictions; to
smuggle; -- said of contraband or dutiable goods.
To go through or accomplish by running; as, to run a race;
to run a certain career.
To cause to stand as a candidate for office; to support for
office; as, to run some one for Congress.
To encounter or incur, as a danger or risk; as, to run the
risk of losing one's life. See To run the chances, below.
To put at hazard; to venture; to risk.
To discharge; to emit; to give forth copiously; to be
bathed with; as, the pipe or faucet runs hot water.
To be charged with, or to contain much of, while flowing;
as, the rivers ran blood.
To conduct; to manage; to carry on; as, to run a factory or
To tease with sarcasms and ridicule.
To sew, as a seam, by passing the needle through material
in a continuous line, generally taking a series of stitches on the
needle at the same time.
To migrate or move in schools; -- said of fish; esp., to
ascend a river in order to spawn.
The act of running; as, a long run; a good run; a quick run;
to go on the run.
A small stream; a brook; a creek.
That which runs or flows in the course of a certain operation,
or during a certain time; as, a run of must in wine making; the first
run of sap in a maple orchard.
A course; a series; that which continues in a certain course
or series; as, a run of good or bad luck.
State of being current; currency; popularity.
Continued repetition on the stage; -- said of a play; as, to
have a run of a hundred successive nights.
A continuing urgent demand; especially, a pressure on a bank
or treasury for payment of its notes.
A range or extent of ground for feeding stock; as, a sheep
The aftermost part of a vessel's hull where it narrows toward
the stern, under the quarter.
The distance sailed by a ship; as, a good run; a run of fifty
A voyage; as, a run to China.
A pleasure excursion; a trip.
The horizontal distance to which a drift may be carried,
either by license of the proprietor of a mine or by the nature of the
formation; also, the direction which a vein of ore or other substance
A roulade, or series of running tones.
The greatest degree of swiftness in marching. It is executed
upon the same principles as the double-quick, but with greater speed.
The act of migrating, or ascending a river to spawn; -- said
of fish; also, an assemblage or school of fishes which migrate, or
ascend a river for the purpose of spawning.
In baseball, a complete circuit of the bases made by a player,
which enables him to score one; in cricket, a passing from one wicket
to the other, by which one point is scored; as, a player made three
runs; the side went out with two hundred runs.