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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That would allow the authority to install new cabling while keeping trains running on the old system. Paul Berger, WSJ, "How Engineers Working Pro Bono Solved New York’s Toughest Subway Problem," 6 Jan. 2019 If Mandelblit decides to release his decision in the midst of the run-up to the elections, he will be attacked by all of the candidates running on the Likud’s list, first and foremost among them Netanyahu. Aron Heller, The Seattle Times, "Under duress, Israel’s Netanyahu still election front-runner," 25 Dec. 2018 Imagine a big, festive episode of This Is Us or The Good Place or The Conners running on Christmas night! Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Why more TV shows should do year-end Christmas specials," 23 Dec. 2018 But many House members are also prepping her to hit the ground running on day one. Eslah Attar, Glamour, "Rashida Tlaib Is Determined to Change Congress," 13 Dec. 2018 The video below shows off both Chromium and Firefox Nightly, with several media-rich tabs, running on the same machine. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Hands on: Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx reference laptop is a fresh attempt to be faster," 7 Dec. 2018 Firefox is making each browser tab run on individual cores in the CPU and Qualcomm, which has announced the eight-core Snapdragon 8cx earlier today. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Qualcomm says a native Firefox browser is coming to Windows on ARM," 6 Dec. 2018 An advertisement currently running on Dutch television features a woman emerging from a car. Jocelyn C. Zuckerman, Marie Claire, "Is Your Makeup the Result of Child Labor?," 16 Oct. 2018 During the bounce rate test, which entails women running on a treadmill sans bra and then measuring the difference when one is worn, 83 percent of the research participants rated Knix’s option as their top choice in both support and performance. Lauren Swanson, Allure, "Knix Just Launched a New High-Impact Sports Bra and We Got to Try It," 25 Sep. 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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