a short trip
"take a run into town"
an unbroken chronological sequence
"the play had a long run on Broadway"
"the team enjoyed a brief run of victories"
the pouring forth of a fluid
a row of unravelled stitches
"she got a run in her stocking"
a race between candidates for elective office
"I managed his campaign for governor"
"he is raising money for a Senate run"
- political campaign
a small stream
the production achieved during a continuous period of operation (of a machine or factory etc.)
"a daily run of 100,000 gallons of paint"
unrestricted freedom to use
"he has the run of the house"
the continuous period of time during which something (a machine or a factory) operates or continues in operation
"the assembly line was on a 12-hour run"
the act of running
traveling on foot at a fast pace
"he broke into a run"
"his daily run keeps him fit"
a regular trip
"the ship made its run in record time"
(American football) a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team
"the defensive line braced to stop the run"
"the coach put great emphasis on running"
- running play - running game
an unbroken series of events
"had a streak of bad luck"
"Nicklaus had a run of birdies"
a race run on foot
"she broke the record for the half-mile run"
- foot race
the act of testing something
"in the experimental trials the amount of carbon was measured separately"
"he called each flip of the coin a new trial"
a score in baseball made by a runner touching all four bases safely
"the Yankees scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th"
"their first tally came in the 3rd inning"
"the sweater unraveled"
come unraveled or undone as if by snagging
"Her nylons were running"
reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating
"melt down gold"
"The wax melted in the sun"
- melt down
progress by being changed
"The speech has to go through several more drafts"
"run through your presentation before the meeting"
compete in a race
"he is running the Marathon this year"
"let's race and see who gets there first"
pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals)
"Goering often hunted wild boars in Poland"
"The dogs are running deer"
"The Duke hunted in these woods"
- hunt down - track down
travel a route regularly
"Ships ply the waters near the coast"
travel rapidly, by any (unspecified) means
"Run to the store!"
"She always runs to Italy, because she has a lover there"
run with the ball
in such sports as football
"the heifers run with the bulls to produce offspring"
set animals loose to graze
extend or continue for a certain period of time
"The film runs 5 hours"
- run for
cover by running
run a certain distance
"She ran 10 miles that day"
sail before the wind
"These dyes and colors are guaranteed not to run"
cause an animal to move fast
"run the dogs"
deal in illegally, such as arms or liquor
- black market
make without a miss
cause something to pass or lead somewhere
"Run the wire behind the cabinet"
pass over, across, or through
"He ran his eyes over her body"
"She ran her fingers along the carved figurine"
"He drew her hair through his fingers"
"run an errand"
include as the content
broadcast or publicize
"We ran the ad three times"
"This paper carries a restaurant review"
"All major networks carried the press conference"
carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine
"Run the dishwasher"
"run a new program on the Mac"
"the computer executed the instruction"
"Musical talent runs in the family"
continue to exist
"These stories die hard"
"The legend of Elvis endures"
- die hard
be affected by
be subjected to
"run a temperature"
"run a risk"
cause to perform
"run a subject"
"run a process"
change from one state to another
be operating, running or functioning
"The car is still running--turn it off!"
have a tendency or disposition to do or be something
"She tends to be nervous before her lectures"
"These dresses run small"
"He inclined to corpulence"
- be given
move about freely and without restraint, or act as if running around in an uncontrolled way
"who are these people running around in the building?"
"She runs around telling everyone of her troubles"
"let the dogs run free"
cause to emit recorded audio or video
"They ran the tapes over and over again"
"I'll play you my favorite record"
"He never tires of playing that video"
run, stand, or compete for an office or a position
"Who's running for treasurer this year?"
change or be different within limits
"Estimates for the losses in the earthquake range as high as $2 billion"
"Interest rates run from 5 to 10 percent"
"The instruments ranged from tuba to cymbals"
"My students range from very bright to dull"
perform as expected when applied
"The washing machine won't go unless it's plugged in"
"Does this old car still run well?"
"This old radio doesn't work anymore"
move along, of liquids
"Water flowed into the cave"
"the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi"
have a particular form
"the story or argument runs as follows"
"as the saying goes..."
direct or control
projects, businesses, etc.
"She is running a relief operation in the Sudan"
stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope
run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point
"Service runs all the way to Cranbury"
"His knowledge doesn't go very far"
"My memory extends back to my fourth year of life"
"The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets"
take to one's heels
cut and run
"If you see this man, run!"
"The burglars escaped before the police showed up"
- turn tail - run away - hightail it - head for the hills - take to the woods - fly the coop - break away
move fast by using one's feet, with one foot off the ground at any given time
"Don't run--you'll be out of breath"
"The children ran to the store"