- a sliding piece, as a loper.
- rocker(def 1).
- 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.
Origin of runner
Related Words for runnerracer, entrant, contestant, sprinter, marathoner, carrier, messenger, courier, jogger, offshoot, tendril, branch, page, harrier, trackman
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Contemporary Examples of runner
One runner in Houston now has a permanent, hoof-shaped scar in the center of his forehead.Chicago’s Running of the Bulls
July 26, 2014
Some, like Smart Socks, measure strike speed and heel placement for runner trying to get that next PR.Fitness Tracker 101: Everything You Need to Know About Your New Gadget
December 27, 2013
The winner of the first marathon (OK, he was the only runner, but still) died from the effort.Maybe You Shouldn't Run a Marathon
November 3, 2013
Zachary wound up, eyed the runner, then uncorked a sizzling fastball.Babe Ruth’s Summer of Records
September 29, 2013
Rick Santorum, the runner up to Mitt Romney in 2012, was at CPAC likely hoping to continue that tradition.What Do We Know About 2016 After the CPAC Straw Poll?
March 16, 2013
Historical Examples of runner
But they saw that the sea was for the swimmer, and the sand for the feet of the runner.De Profundis
I told you that I knew the Bow Street runner who was in the barouche.Night and Morning, Complete
In the south, too, hoop iron or whalebone is used for runner shoeing.The Long Labrador Trail
The victors sent the runner Pheidippides to bear the news to Athens.Introductory American History
Henry Eldridge Bourne
One eye applied to a crack scanned the runner, who stood there alert.The Plunderer
- a person or vessel engaged in smuggling; smuggler
- (in combination)a rum-runner
- either of the strips of metal or wood on which a sledge runs
- the blade of an ice skate
- 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
c.1300, "messenger on foot," agent noun from run (v.). Meaning "one who runs" is early 14c. Meaning "smuggler" first recorded 1721; sense of "police officer" is from 1771. Meaning "rooting stem of a plant" is from 1660s; that of "embroidered cloth for a table" is from 1888.