- a strong or rapid current of water, as in the sea or a river.
- the channel or bed of such a current or of any stream.
- the float between adjacent rows of pile.
- race plate.
verb (used without object), raced, rac·ing.
verb (used with object), raced, rac·ing.
Origin of race1
- (no longer in technical use) any of the traditional divisions of humankind, the commonest being the Caucasian, Mongoloid, and Negro, characterized by supposedly distinctive and universal physical characteristics.
- an arbitrary classification of modern humans, sometimes, especially formerly, based on any or a combination of various physical characteristics, as skin color, facial form, or eye shape, and now frequently based on such genetic markers as blood groups.
- a socially constructed category of identification based on physical characteristics, ancestry, historical affiliation, or shared culture: Her parents wanted her to marry within her race.
- a human population partially isolated reproductively from other populations, whose members share a greater degree of physical and genetic similarity with one another than with other humans.
Origin of race2
Synonyms for race
Origin of race3
Related Words for racerun, contention, relay, contest, competition, course, match, sprint, event, chase, marathon, issue, fly, shoot, rush, hurry, gallop, tear, scamper, dart
Examples from the Web for race
Contemporary Examples of race
On Thursday, Garcetti ruled himself out of the race to succeed Boxer.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races
January 9, 2015
Think back to the Bush-Kerry race of 2004, the Thrilla in Vanilla.Jeb Bush’s Unseen Anti-Gay Marriage Emails
January 9, 2015
How far has Congress really evolved on race when in 50 years it has gone from one black senator to two?
If Congress accurately reflected our nation on the basis of race, about 63 percent would be white, not 80 percent.
With Ebola still raging in West Africa, the race to find a vaccine is heating up.The Race for the Ebola Vaccine
January 7, 2015
Historical Examples of race
Through the teaching of Moses he was to become the sole Master of the Jewish race.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
I regard her as, on the whole, the most extraordinary person of her race I have ever met.
He then went on to recount her labors and sacrifices in behalf of her race.
Deep were my musings, as to the race and attributes of that ethereal being.The Vision of the Fountain (From "Twice Told Tales")
For a race which has the infinite as its goal the word must be on and on.The Conquest of Fear
- a channel or groove that contains ball bearings or roller bearings or that restrains a sliding component
- the inner or outer cylindrical ring in a ball bearing or roller bearing
Word Origin for race
Word Origin for race
Word Origin for race
"act of running," c.1300, from Old Norse ras "running, rush (of water)," cognate with Old English ræs "a running, a rush, a leap, jump; a storming, an attack;" or else a survival of the Old English word with spelling influenced by the Old Norse one. The Norse and Old English words are from Proto-Germanic *res- (cf. Middle Dutch rasen "to rave, rage," German rasen, Old English raesettan "to rage" (of fire)), from a variant form of PIE *ers- "be in motion" (see err). Originally a northern word, it became general in English c.1550. Meaning "act of running" is from early 14c. Meaning "contest of speed" first recorded 1510s.
"people of common descent," a word from the 16th century, from Middle French race, earlier razza "race, breed, lineage, family" (16c.), possibly from Italian razza, of unknown origin (cf. Spanish and Portuguese raza). Etymologists say no connection with Latin radix "root," though they admit this might have influenced the "tribe, nation" sense.
Original senses in English included "wines with characteristic flavor" (1520), "group of people with common occupation" (c.1500), and "generation" (1540s). Meaning "tribe, nation, or people regarded as of common stock" is by 1560s. Modern meaning of "one of the great divisions of mankind based on physical peculiarities" is from 1774 (though as OED points out, even among anthropologists there never has been an accepted classification of these).
Just being a Negro doesn't qualify you to understand the race situation any more than being sick makes you an expert on medicine. [Dick Gregory, 1964]
In mid-20c. U.S. music catalogues, "Negro." Klein suggests these derive from Arabic ra's "head, beginning, origin" (cf. Hebrew rosh). Old English þeode meant both "race, folk, nation" and "language;" as a verb, geþeodan, it meant "to unite, to join."
c.1200, rasen "to rush," from a Scandinavian source akin to the source of race (n.1), reinforced by the noun in English and by Old English cognate ræsan "to rush headlong, hasten, enter rashly." Meaning "run swiftly" is from 1757. Meaning "run in competition against" is from 1809. Transitive sense of "cause to run" is from 1860. In reference to an engine, etc., "run with uncontrolled speed," from 1862. Related: Raced; racing.
"strong current of water," late 14c., perhaps a particular use of race (n.1), or from or influenced by Old French raz, which had a similar meaning, and which probably is from Breton raz "a strait, narrow channel;" this French source also may have given race its meaning of "channel of a stream" (especially an artificial one to a mill), which is recorded in English from 1560s.
- An interbreeding, usually geographically isolated population of organisms differing from other populations of the same species in the frequency of hereditary traits. A race that has been given formal taxonomic recognition is known as a subspecies.
- A breed or strain, as of domestic animals.
see rat race; slow but sure (steady wins the race).