- 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.
- run-on matter.
- Automotive. after-run.
Origin of run-on
First recorded in 1900–05; adj., noun use of verb phrase run on
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Examples from the Web for 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.Leigh Hunt's Relations with Byron, Shelley and Keats
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.The Principles of English Versification
Paull Franklin Baum