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English adjective: running

1. running (of fluids) moving or issuing in a stream

SamplesAs mountain stream with freely running water.
Hovels without running water.

Similargushing, jetting, pouring, spouting, spurting, squirting


2. running continually repeated over a period of time

SamplesA running joke among us.



3. running of advancing the ball by running

SamplesThe team's running plays worked better than its pass plays.

Domain categoryfootball, football game

Antonymspass, passing

4. running executed or initiated by running

SamplesRunning plays worked better than pass plays.
Took a running jump.
A running start.


5. running measured lengthwise

SamplesCost of lumber per running foot.


Similarlengthways, lengthwise


6. running (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing

SamplesIn running (or working) order.
A functional set of brakes.

Synonymsfunctional, operative, working


Antonymsmalfunctioning, nonfunctional

English noun: running

1. running (act) (American football) a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team

SamplesThe defensive line braced to stop the run.
The coach put great emphasis on running.

Synonymsrun, running game, running play

Broader (hypernym)football play

Narrower (hyponym)draw, draw play, end run, return, reverse, rush, rushing, sweep

Domain categoryAmerican football, American football game

2. running (act) the act of running; traveling on foot at a fast pace

SamplesHe broke into a run.
His daily run keeps him fit.


Broader (hypernym)locomotion, travel

Narrower (hyponym)dash, sprint

3. running (state) the state of being in operation

SamplesThe engine is running smoothly.

Broader (hypernym)operation

4. running (act) the act of administering or being in charge of something

SamplesHe has responsibility for the running of two companies at the same time.

Broader (hypernym)administration, disposal

Narrower (hyponym)administrivia

5. running (act) the act of participating in an athletic competition involving running on a track


Broader (hypernym)track and field

Part meronymtrack meet

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