- 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.
Origin of race1
OTHER WORDS FROM racean·ti·rac·ing, adjectivepre·rac·ing, adjectivepro·rac·ing, adjective
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- (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
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What is a basic definition of race?
A race is a contest of speed. As a verb, race means to engage in a speed contest or to move very quickly. The word race is also used to mean a group of people that shares certain characteristics. Race has many other senses as a noun and a verb.
In a race, two or more people compete to see who can reach a certain location first or who can travel a certain distance faster. A race can be formal, with judges and a crowd, or casual, as with a couple of children running across a yard. A person or thing that participates in a race is a racer.
- Real-life examples: The Daytona 500 is a famous car race. The Olympic Games hosts races on land and in water. Children often have races to see who is fastest.
- Used in a sentence: My brother beat me in the race to the last slice of pizza.
In this sense, race is used as a verb to mean to take part in a race. Race can also mean either to compete against someone in a speed contest or to enter something in a race.
- Used in a sentence: When Bill was a kid, he liked to race toy cars with his cousins.
Race can also be used more generally to mean to move very fast.
- Used in a sentence: The puppy raced through the living room and knocked over a chair.
Race has been used to refer to a group of people who share certain characteristics, such as skin color. However, genetic evidence has proved that such groupings are not a scientific or biological classification for categories of humans. The term is still commonly used to generally refer to groups of people that share a skin color, heritage, origin, culture, or similar characteristics. This sense of race is an arbitrary label that lumps people together and is not scientific.
- Used in a sentence: The 2020 US Census asked questions about gender, income, and race.
The adjective racial comes from this sense of race, as in racial minority.
Where does race come from?
The first records of the contest sense of race come from around 1250. It ultimately comes from the Old Norse rās, meaning “a running or race.” The verb sense of this race comes from the noun.
The first records of the sense of race referring to a group of people come from around 1490. It ultimately comes from the Italian razza, which means “kind or species.”
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What are some other forms related to race?
- racer (noun)
- raceable (adjective)
- antiracing (adjective)
- preracing (adjective)
- proracing (adjective)
What are some synonyms for race?
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What are some words that often get used in discussing race?
How is race used in real life?
Race is a commonly used word to mean a contest of speed or to move very fast. The term race is also often used unscientifically to refer to certain groups of people.
I miss live sports so much I watched two 8 year olds racing on the beach today and was genuinely interested in who won the race.
— Jon Gordon (@JonGordon11) May 2, 2020
My all time low was when I raced my cat to get to the food on the floor.
— Escape Goat (@EscapeGoat33) April 22, 2020
Can we please stop calling it “the issue of race” when what we’re really discussing is “the issue of racism”
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 30, 2020
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How to use race in a sentence
After all, even if democratizing access to skills is the first step in a bigger race, it’s not an easy one.Forage, formerly InsideSherpa, raises $9.3 million Series A for virtual work experiences|Natasha Mascarenhas|September 17, 2020|TechCrunch
In the 2018 Senate races that led to Republican gains, most votes were cast for Democrats.America needs a democratic revolution|Matthew Yglesias|September 17, 2020|Vox
The scientific race for a coronavirus vaccine is moving at record-shattering speed.The risks of moving too fast on a coronavirus vaccine|Sam Baker|September 17, 2020|Axios
Polling in each state has moved within a fairly narrow range, as has the race overall.The key shifts in Minnesota and Wisconsin that have improved Biden’s chances of victory|Philip Bump|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
Warren, who was one of more than two dozen candidates to run in the Democratic primary, dropped out of the race in March.Trump, in town hall, says he wouldn’t have done anything differently on pandemic|Colby Itkowitz, Josh Dawsey, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
On Thursday, Garcetti ruled himself out of the race to succeed Boxer.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races|David Freedlander|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Think back to the Bush-Kerry race of 2004, the Thrilla in Vanilla.Jeb Bush’s Unseen Anti-Gay Marriage Emails|Jackie Kucinich|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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.
Each individual race involves an unusual collaboration between researchers, manufacturers, and public-health entities.The Race for the Ebola Vaccine|Abby Haglage|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
His hero, Gulliver, discovers race after race of beings who typify the genera in his classification of mankind.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
Ever since his majority Lord Hetton had annually entered a colt in the great race.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
Decide about it, ye that are learned in the ethnographic distinctions of our race—but heaven defend us from the Bourbonnaises!
His unbounded generosity won for him the admiration of all his race, who graciously recognized him as their Maguinoó.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
One of the lower and mixed forms of artistic activity, in the case of the child and of the race alike, is personal adornment.Children's Ways|James Sully
British Dictionary definitions for race (1 of 4)
- 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
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Scientific definitions for race
- 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.
Other Idioms and Phrases with race
see rat race; slow but sure (steady wins the race).