rac·er | \ ˈrā-sər \

Definition of racer 

1 : one that races or is used for racing

2 : any of various active American colubrid snakes (genus Coluber and Mastigophis): such as

a : black racer

b : blue racer

Examples of racer in a Sentence

He is a stock car racer. His horse will be a great racer.

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In 1894, while riding a pneumatic-tired safety around a track in Buffalo, New York, the racer John S. Johnson went a mile in just over one minute and thirty-five seconds, a rate of nearly thirty-eight miles an hour. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 The top racers are tanned and freckled from time spent running outside, with muscular arms and uneven tan lines. Pia Peterson, New York Times, "Road Race of the Superwomen," 5 July 2018 Leon Valley cheered as the racers slid past the finish line, many of the rounds decided by only a few seconds. Brian Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, "Communities come together across San Antonio to celebrate the Fourth," 4 July 2018 The time set by Loeb in 2013 was considered almost untouchable, of course, particularly in a car that was both less powerful and heavier than the Peugeot racer. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "7:57:148—Volkswagen makes racing history with record-breaking electric race car," 29 June 2018 Damon is playing Carol Shelby, the eccentric engineer who designs from scratch the Ford GT 40, the car that just may win the 1966 Le Mans race, while Bale is portraying Ken Miles, the hotshot British racer who drives it. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "'House of Cards' Star Paul Sparks Joins Ford v. Ferrari Movie," 28 June 2018 The beloved 27-year-old racer died from injuries sustained in a midget race wreck at the Belleville Midget Nationals in Kansas. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "$15,000 USAC midget race, named for Bryan Clauson, kicks off NASCAR Brickyard 400," 26 June 2018 Altogether the fourth-generation motorcycle racer has achieved eight national titles and 10 championships. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Teen repeats first place national motorcycle win," 21 June 2018 Among the professional women racers of the 1890s, Anderson was undoubtedly the best. Kate Siber, Outside Online, "This Seamstress Conquered Bike Racing in the 1890s," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of racer

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of racer

: a person or animal that races

: a car, boat, etc., that is used in racing


rac·er | \ ˈrā-sər \

Kids Definition of racer

1 : a person, animal, or vehicle that participates in or is used for participation in races

2 : a long slender active snake (as the blacksnake)

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