run-on

adjective
\ ˈrən-ˈȯn , -ˈän \

Definition of run-on 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: continuing without rhetorical pause from one line of verse into another

run-on

noun
\ ˈrən-ˌȯn , -ˌän \

Definition of run-on (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : something (such as a dictionary entry) that is run on

run on

verb

Definition of run on (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to talk or narrate at length

2 : to keep going : continue

transitive verb

1 : to continue (matter in type) without a break or a new paragraph : run in

2 : to place or add (something, such as an entry in a dictionary) at the end of a paragraphed item

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Examples of run-on in a Sentence

Verb

we were just running on about how neither of us has aged a bit after all these years allow the savings account to run on for now

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In less than a week, people donated $18 million to the group, which typically runs on an annual budget of $7 million, Time reported. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Oregon company counters Melania Trump jacket with its own: 'I really care, don't U?'," 22 June 2018 Sacred Games is a show that runs on a number of overlapping dynamics. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Sacred Games Reinvents the Police Procedural," 12 July 2018 Brocade makes boxes for networks, taking Broadcom beyond its core chip businesses, and the software that runs on those systems is key to driving sales. Miriam Gottfried, WSJ, "Broadcom Shares Sink as Latest Deal Puzzles Wall Street," 12 July 2018 In fact, Gattis’s own editor chastised him in a column that ran on the front page of the newspaper. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "Inside the AP's Fateful 2004 Decision to Withdraw Its Poll From the BCS Formula," 12 July 2018 The company traditionally made products that run on mainframes, but in recent years has entered the cloud computing market. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Broadcom agrees to buy CA Technologies for $18.9 billion," 12 July 2018 Most major rockets rely on engines that run on cold liquid propellants, like cryogenic oxygen and hydrogen. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Europe will fire its record-setting big solid rocket motor this week," 11 July 2018 Since its entanglement with Cambridge Analytica became public, Facebook has pledged to review all third-party apps on the platform while introducing new transparency measures, including an online repository of all political ads that run on the site. Tony Romm And Elizabeth Dwoskin, chicagotribune.com, "Facebook is slapped with first fine for Cambridge Analytica scandal," 10 July 2018 Up until recently, the federal government was spending $60 billion a year to maintain outdated tech and computers that still ran on floppy disks—granted, some of that equipment operated our nukes. J. Weston Phippen, Outside Online, "The Terrible State of Our National Parks—in Photos," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of run-on

Adjective

1874, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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