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[ruhn-on, -awn]
  1. of or designating something that is added or run on: a run-on entry in a dictionary.
  2. Prosody. (of a line of verse) having a thought that carries over to the next line, especially without a syntactical break.
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  1. run-on matter.
  2. Automotive. after-run.
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Origin of run-on

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

  • Twelve lines, or three fourths of the whole number, are "run-on."

    Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism

    F. V. N. Painter

  • In the 1742 lines of the poem, there are 47 run-on couplets and 260 run-on lines.

  • A run-on line should be read closely with the following line with only a slight pause to indicate the line-unit.

  • The rhythm of the meter is also varied by the alternating of end-stopped and run-on lines, as in the last quotation.

  • The chief sources of variety are substitution, pause, run-on lines, and division.