- 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
Examples from the Web for raced
Contemporary Examples of raced
The two heard shots fired around them but raced through the streets anyway.How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America
David Yaffe, Scott Saul
December 10, 2014
We raced so fast that our rifles dropped out of our shoulders and lazily down to our sides.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
Henry Thompson was a court officer who commandeered a van and raced to the towers with two of his co-workers.The Resilient City: New York After 9/11
September 11, 2014
Akbar and McCain raced out of the courtroom, recording a celebratory Vine in the elevator.The Weirdest Story About a Conservative Obsession, a Convicted Bomber, and Taylor Swift You Have Ever Read
August 30, 2014
Londoners John Coffey and Bernardo Marti also raced to be married as soon as it was legally possible.The U.K.’s First Gay Marriage
March 29, 2014
Historical Examples of raced
Then he raced around the corner of the restaurant and made for the grove.Way of the Lawless
He believed in it, but not being rich, raced as a profession, honestly and squarely.
Lauzanne was in an inquisitive mood, as the other two raced on in front.
She took one look, caught up the suitcase and raced down the stairs.Her Father's Daughter
She shivered as they raced along under the bare branches of the locusts.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
- 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).