rac·​ing | \ ˈrā-siŋ \

Definition of racing

: the sport or profession of engaging in or holding races

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Accessories such as his elegant Cartier watch and sleek lug sole boots by Christian Louboutin, with their red racing stripe, tied the whole look together. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Somehow Rami Malek Pulled Off a Red Suit on the Red Carpet," 10 Jan. 2019 Nike’s special Crystal Fabric weaves 50 thousand (yes, 50 thousand) Swarovski gems into the shoes’ golden racing stripes, which is accented on the sides and tongues with a bright red logo swoosh. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Nike Released a Pair of Swarovski-Covered Air Max 97 Shoes," 26 Dec. 2018 The Offy was ubiquitous in open-wheel racing for four decades, powering sprint cars and Indy cars alike, including Parnelli Jones’s 1963 Indy 500 winning car. WSJ, "‘Legends of Los Angeles: Southern California Race Cars and Their Builders’ Review: Beautiful Bodies, Beastly Engines," 26 Nov. 2018 That would put the same technology used in car racing into the hands of consumers taking routine trips to the grocery store. Bradley Berman, Popular Mechanics, "Audi Officially Unveils Its First EV, the E-Tron," 18 Sep. 2018 Even though Triple Crowns in thoroughbred racing are getting to be as commonplace as Chicago sports championships, Justify, your stable is ready.’’ What’s up, Scott Radinsky? Steve Rosenbloom,, "Looks like LeBron James is now dumb enough to work for the Bulls," 11 June 2018 Not content to end the year with just three different 6T options, OnePlus has announced a new special edition of the phone co-branded with storied automotive racing company McLaren. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "The most expensive OnePlus phone ever," 11 Dec. 2018 After leaving hydroplane racing, Mr. Heerensperger focused his attention on Thoroughbreds. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "David Heerensperger, hydroplane owner, tough businessman and ‘the kindest man you could ever hope to meet’," 7 Dec. 2018 Design details throughout—from the artwork to the stitching of the upholstery—celebrate the city’s famed automobile-racing culture. Allie Weiss, ELLE Decor, "5 Midcentury-Modern Landmarks You Need to See in the Midwest," 6 Dec. 2018

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1630, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of racing

: the sport or profession of racing horses, cars, etc.

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