run-on

[ ruhn-on, -awn ]
/ ˈrʌnˌɒn, -ˌɔn /

adjective

of or designating something that is added or run on: a run-on entry in a dictionary.
Prosody. (of a line of verse) having a thought that carries over to the next line, especially without a syntactical break.

noun

run-on matter.
Automotive. after-run.

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Origin of run-on

First recorded in 1900–05; adj., noun use of verb phrase run on

Definition for run on (2 of 2)

Origin of run

before 900; (v.) Middle English rinnen, rennen, partly < Old Norse rinna, renna, partly continuing Old English rinnan; cognate with German rinnen; form run orig. past participle, later extended to present tense; (noun and adj.) derivative of the v.

OTHER WORDS FROM run

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British Dictionary definitions for run on (1 of 2)

run on

verb (adverb)

(intr) to continue without interruption
to write with linked-up characters
printing to compose text matter without indentation or paragraphing

noun run-on

printing
  1. text matter composed without indenting
  2. (as modifier)run-on text matter
  1. a word added at the end of a dictionary entry whose meaning can be easily inferred from the definition of the headword
  2. (as modifier)a run-on entry

British Dictionary definitions for run on (2 of 2)

run
/ (rʌn) /

verb runs, running, ran or run

noun

Word Origin for run

Old English runnen, past participle of (ge) rinnan; related to Old Frisian, Old Norse rinna, Old Saxon, Gothic, Old High German rinnan
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Idioms and Phrases with run on (1 of 2)

run on

1

Keep going, continue; also, remain in effect. For example, That murder trial has been running on for months, or How much longer can this debt be allowed to run on? [Late 1500s]

2

Talk at length; see go on, def. 5.

3

Continue a text without a break; see run in, def. 2.

Idioms and Phrases with run on (2 of 2)

run

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