run-on

adjective
\ ˈrən-ˈȯn How to pronounce run-on (audio) , -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 How to pronounce run-on (audio) , -ˌän\

Definition of run-on (Entry 2 of 3)

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

run on

verb
ran on; run on; running on; runs on

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Considering Morin's millions of fans, Tarte is clearly expecting a run on the palette. Marci Robin, Allure, "Tarte Collaborated With YouTuber Adelaine Morin on a Vibrant New Eye and Cheek Palette," 7 Apr. 2019 David Rhodes picked up the loss despiting giving up just a run on five hits in six innings for the Huskies (14-7, 5-2). Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Gabbie Plain improves to 7-1 as Washington beats Oregon State," 29 Mar. 2019 Molly McCook has had quite the dramatic first run on Last Man Standing. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Star Molly McCook Pens a Candid Letter About Her Time on the Show," 23 Mar. 2019 There was a run on toilet paper, lines for the latrines. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Seven scary stories to tell by the light of your screen," 31 Oct. 2018 Allen struck out four and allowed a run on three hits and a walk in 6 2/3 innings. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Logan Allen, Chris Paddack strong but Missions split double header," 14 July 2018 The scene opens with a young boy running on the grounds of Winterfell to watch Jon and Daenerys’s arrival. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 1: Everything You Need to Know," 15 Apr. 2019 Of the 67 horses that raced Friday, all but two ran on Lasix. Beth Harris, The Seattle Times, "Racing resumes without incident at Santa Anita," 29 Mar. 2019 The two screens flipped on to show dreamlike sequences of men running on a treadmill in a strange blue light. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "How Do You Measure a Country?," 1 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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