rac·​ing | \ ˈrā-siŋ \

Definition of racing

: the sport or profession of engaging in or holding races

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The arson blaze in the Cleveland National Forest gained renewed strength Thursday, racing along ridges and coming within yards of homes. Fox News, "Latest: Firefighters make progress against biggest blaze," 10 Aug. 2018 The charges against Cross include three counts of first-degree manslaughter, driving without a license, drunken driving, reckless driving, racing and failure to drive in the right lane. David Owens,, "Teen Charged In Fiery Crash That Killed Three In Manchester Will Be Tried As Adult," 19 June 2018 Sponsored by Porsche of New Orleans and presented by IberiaBank, Jack Henry and Associates, Kenneth Kuebel and Robert Diliberto, and Murray Law Firm, the annual event hosted by the Southern Yacht Club is two days of competitive racing and parties. Sue Strachan,, "Sailors are ships ahoy for Leukemia Cup Regatta benefit," 21 May 2018 It’ss in the hands of the state legislature, which has shown little stomach for legalizing much of anything gambling-related short of horse racing and scratch-off lottery tickets. Jim Lefko, San Antonio Express-News, "Writers’ roundtable: E-N sportswriters explain Spurs roster moves they would make," 18 May 2018 However, exactly how those safeguards would or should be enacted in the event Gray is successful remained a giant unknown Monday among the state’s casino, horse-racing and cardroom businesses — and those who oversee them. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, "California voters could act on legalized sports betting as early as November," 14 May 2018 Moss investigated the case and police recently arrested three people on charges including racing and driving under the influence. Jesse Leavenworth, Courant Community, "Manchester To Host Event Highlighting Dangers Of Unsafe, Impaired Driving," 13 May 2018 Yet the official sport of snowshoe racing is more modern—and niche. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "What Is Snowshoe Racing? A Look Inside the Niche and Challenging Winter Sport," 17 Oct. 2018 Tony Kanaan didn’t hold his feelings back about IndyCar’s desire to reduce pack racing at TMS. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Turn 4: Takeaways from TMS' summer race weekend," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of racing

1630, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of racing was in 1630

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English Language Learners Definition of racing

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

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