a footrace or wheelchair race over a course measuring 26 miles 385 yards (42 kilometers 195 meters).
any long-distance race.
any contest, event, or the like, of great, or greater than normal, length or duration or requiring exceptional endurance: a dance marathon;a sales marathon.
Other definitions for Marathon (2 of 2)
a plain in SE Greece, in Attica: the Athenians defeated the Persians here 490 b.c.
an ancient village that is near this plain.
Classical Mythology. a son of Epopeus and the father of Corinthus.
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How to use marathon in a sentence
Gamers may want an adjustable desk to stay comfortable while playing and keep them from sitting too long during marathon sessions.Best adjustable desks: Stand or sit with double-duty office furniture | PopSci Commerce Team | February 26, 2021 | Popular-Science
He has trained me for a marathon in a way that has really developed my speed.
Last March, after several of the big spring marathons were initially postponed until fall, I was surprised at how confident people seemed to be that these races would actually happen.Will Major Marathons Actually Come Back This Fall? | Martin Fritz Huber | February 4, 2021 | Outside Online
You see thru-hikers jump into a marathon a week after they’re done, and it goes miserably.Did Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail Ruin My Body? | Grayson Haver Currin | January 25, 2021 | Outside Online
For media companies, the Consumer Electronics Show has long been more about marathon sales meetings than consumer electronics.‘Never smart to let things fall off people’s calendars’: How publishers are selling during a virtual CES | Max Willens | January 11, 2021 | Digiday
Portlandia marathon—9 am-2:30 pm, IFCBecause what better time than Turkey Day to put on a bird on it?
Rambo movie marathon—11 am-12 am, AMCBecause nothing says the holidays like Sly Stallone and blood.
Thanksgiving with Friends marathon—10 am—TBSA marathon of every Thanksgiving episode of Friends.
Indiana Jones movie marathon—12:30 pm, SpikeAn Indiana Jones movie marathon is never not a good idea.
It would be like making a decision about whether or not to keep exercising at mile 24 of a marathon.Jon Stewart Talks ‘Rosewater’ and the ‘Chickensh-t’ Democrats’ Midterm Massacre | Marlow Stern | November 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Greek fire is not extinguished; it burns to-day as bright and pure as ever at Salamis or marathon.The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
The Plain of marathon was so named from the abundance of Fennel (μαραθρον) growing on it.The plant-lore and garden-craft of Shakespeare | Henry Nicholson Ellacombe
No sculptured marble of a Greek runner was ever more beautiful than Sara as he ran the marathon.Still Jim | Honor Willsie Morrow
After all he's been more than punished, even for the marathon matter or for that crazy romance about the ducal inheritance.Still Jim | Honor Willsie Morrow
So he speedily made his preparations, and drew up his small force on the plain of marathon, between the mountains and the sea.The Story of the Greeks | H. A. Guerber
British Dictionary definitions for marathon (1 of 2)
a race on foot of 26 miles 385 yards (42.195 kilometres): an event in the modern Olympics
any long or arduous task, assignment, etc
(as modifier): a marathon effort
British Dictionary definitions for Marathon (2 of 2)
a plain in Attica northeast of Athens: site of a victory of the Athenians and Plataeans over the Persians (490 bc)
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