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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Andrew Yang Yang, an entrepreneur running on the platform centered around instituting a Universal Basic Income in the US, announced his candidacy early last year. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Presidential Candidates 2020: Here's Who's Running So Far," 25 Jan. 2019 After all, most flights are still running on time, many national parks remain open and passports are being processed. Christopher Elliott, The Seattle Times, "Travel Wise | Government shutdown may create a ripple of disruptions for travelers," 22 Jan. 2019 In the meantime, Faraday Future has largely halted all operations and is running on fumes. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Federal court freezes Faraday Future CEO’s ownership stake, California mansions," 14 Dec. 2018 Since then, she's found different ways to travel responsibly—like her time as a crewmember on Earthrace, a state-of-the-art ship run on biodiesel (rather than petroleum diesel) that circumnavigates the globe to promote renewable fuels. Tyler Wetherall, Condé Nast Traveler, "The All-Women Sailing Crew Trying to Save the Ocean of Plastic," 27 Nov. 2018 Like Ori’s original Studio Suite, the Cloud Bed and Pocket closet run on tracks and are controlled through buttons, apps, and voice commands. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Ori’s new robotic furniture includes a bed that drops from the ceiling," 14 Nov. 2018 Rainey, the 25-year-old right-hander, gave up eight runs on five hits in the Reds’ 19-4 loss to Cleveland on Wednesday. John Fay, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds call up Austin Brice, send down Tanner Rainey," 13 July 2018 In two Texas League starts since his promotion from the California League, Paddack has struck out nine, walked one and allowed three runs on three hits in 12 innings. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Logan Allen, Chris Paddack strong but Missions split double header," 14 July 2018 Fiers allowed three runs on nine hits, struck out two batters and walked none. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers takeaways from 3-0 loss to Astros: Mike Fiers solid," 13 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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