- something that drains or flows off, as rain that flows off from the land in streams.
- a final contest held to determine a victor after earlier contests have eliminated the weaker contestants.
- a deciding final contest held after one in which there has been no decisive victor, as between two contestants who have tied for first place.
- Also called rundown. a continual or prolonged reduction, especially in quantity or supply: a runoff in bank deposits; a sharp runoff in business inventories.
- Stock Exchange. the final prices appearing on the ticker after the closing bell is rung for the trading day.
Origin of runoff
1850–55, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase run off; (def 2, 3) see -off
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Examples from the Web for runoff
So then-President George H.W. Bush and other prominent Republicans endorsed Treen in the House runoff.The Louisiana Racists Who Courted Steve Scalise
January 3, 2015
But what if a Louisiana runoff will determine which party controls the Senate?Election Day In The Big Sleazy
November 2, 2014
Tyner went on to note that correct legal remedy if the runoff was called into question was “a new election.”Could Chris McDaniel Get A Do-Over In The Mississippi Senate Race?
July 10, 2014
Under Mississippi law, if no candidate receives 50 percent, a runoff is mandated, held three weeks later.
Cochran just flat outworked his opponent all through the runoff.
Scrub on the remainder, however, serves to stabilize the soil of the forest lands against erosion and to slow the runoff of water.Area Handbook for Bulgaria
Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
They are spring-fed, and their runoff drains into Turkey Cock Run.Green Spring Farm
Another part may penetrate a little distance into the zone of weathering and then join the runoff.
Geological conditions are frequently of great importance in their influence on the quantity and regularity of runoff.
Runoff is checked by a sod and less water is used by a sod in mid-summer, after it has been mowed, than by a heavy cover crop.Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fourth Annual Meeting
Northern Nut Growers Association
Word Origin and History for runoff
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