a person, animal, or thing that runs, especially as a racer.
a messenger of a bank or brokerage house.
Baseball. base runner.
Football. the ball-carrier.
a person whose business it is to solicit patronage or trade.
a person acting as collector, agent, or the like, for a bank, broker, etc.
something in or on which something else runs or moves.
either of the long, bladelike strips of metal or wood on which a sled or sleigh slides.
the blade of an ice skate.
the rotating system of blades driven by the fluid passing through a reaction turbine.
the rotating member of a pair of millstones.: Compare bed stone.
a roller on which something moves along.
a sliding piece, as a loper.
an operator or manager, as of a machine.
a long, narrow rug, suitable for a hall or passageway.
a long, narrow strip of line, embroidery, lace, or the like, placed across a table.
a slender stolon that runs along the surface of the ground and sends out roots and leaves at the nodes, as in the strawberry.
a plant that spreads by such stems.
Metallurgy. any of the channels through which molten metal flows.
a vessel engaged in smuggling.
a person who takes, transmits, and often pays off bets for a bookmaker or a numbers pool.
Ichthyology. a jurel, Caranx crysos, inhabiting waters from Cape Cod to Brazil.
Building Trades. a horizontal longitudinal timber resting upon the uprights of a staging and supporting the footing pieces.
Theater. a piece of carpet or matting placed in the wings for deadening offstage sounds.
a tackle or part of a tackle consisting of a line rove through a single block and fixed at one end.
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How to use runner in a sentence
For instance, neck gaiters are especially popular among runners.4 reasons you shouldn’t trash your neck gaiter based on the new mask study | Jonathan Lambert | August 12, 2020 | Science News
It is also home to the Charlotte Rail Trail, which is popular with runners, walkers, and cyclists.Charlotte : Celebrating Diversity in the Queen City | LGBTQ-Editor | August 11, 2020 | No Straight News
Zwift isn’t brand-new—it’s been around for a few years—and it markets itself as a training app for cyclists, runners, and triathletes.The Tour de France Is Going Virtual, and It Starts This Weekend | Vanessa Bates Ramirez | July 2, 2020 | Singularity Hub
Then her team could also test just how well it would thwart would-be runners.
True, runners risk stepping into another person’s cloud of exhaled air.Six foot social-distancing will not always be enough for COVID-19 | Tina Hesman Saey | April 23, 2020 | Science News For Students
“I put on a dress and walked down, and ended up getting first runner-up,” she recalls.The Making of Kiesza: From Navy Sharpshooter to Beauty Queen to Pop Diva | Marlow Stern | October 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
runner-Up: Pauline Etienne, Eden I could not take my eyes off this immensely talented Belgian actress.Oscar Season Kicks Off in Toronto: Channing Tatum, Kristen Stewart, and More Court Awards Glory | Marlow Stern | September 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In April, Wehby was the front-runner; now, she is trailing badly and Oregon is safely in the D column.
He was smart and tough in the way of the hard worker, the long-distance runner, the gambler who wins on stamina.The Stacks: How Leonard Chess Helped Make Muddy Waters | Alex Belth | August 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
One runner in Houston now has a permanent, hoof-shaped scar in the center of his forehead.
To talk German was beyond the sweep of my dizziest ambition, but an Italian runner or porter instantly presented himself.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
And since he was a very fast runner—for short distances—he met Grandfather Mole just as the old chap was crawling up the bank.The Tale of Grandfather Mole | Arthur Scott Bailey
He would be staggering, half blind with exhaustion—like a runner at the end of a long race, with a rival close at his heels.Love's Pilgrimage | Upton Sinclair
Finally a swift runner reached the watch-tower, whence the old king looked forth, awaiting news of the day.Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 3 of 8 | Various
Peter could feel it pound as if he had been a mile runner and the finish lay a hundred yards ahead of him.The Boy Grew Older | Heywood Broun
British Dictionary definitions for runner
a person who runs, esp an athlete
a messenger for a bank or brokerage firm
an employee of an art or antique dealer who visits auctions to bid on desired lots
a person engaged in the solicitation of business
a person on the run; fugitive
a person or vessel engaged in smuggling; smuggler
(in combination): a rum-runner
a person who operates, manages, or controls something
either of the strips of metal or wood on which a sledge runs
the blade of an ice skate
a roller or guide for a sliding component
a channel through which molten material enters a casting or moulding
the rotating element of a water turbine
another name for running belay
any of various carangid fishes of temperate and tropical seas, such as Caranx crysos (blue runner) of American Atlantic waters
a slender stem with very long internodes, as of the strawberry, that arches down to the ground and propagates by producing roots and shoots at the nodes or tip
a plant that propagates in this way
a strip of lace, linen, etc, placed across a table, dressing table, etc for protection and decoration
a narrow rug or carpet, as for a passage
another word for rocker (def. 3)
do a runner slang to run away in order to escape trouble or to avoid paying for something
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for runner
A slender stem that grows horizontally and puts down roots to form new plants. Strawberries spread by runners. Also called stolon Compare bulb corm rhizome tuber.
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