Definition of runner
2a : messengerb : one that smuggles or distributes illicit or contraband goods (such as drugs, liquor, or guns)
3 : any of several large vigorous carangid fishes
4a : either of the longitudinal pieces on which a sled or sleigh slidesb : the part of a skate that slides on the ice : bladec : the support of a drawer or a sliding door
5a : an elongated horizontal stem arising from the base of a plant; especially : stolon 1ab : a plant (such as a strawberry) that forms or spreads by means of runnersc : a twining vine (such as a scarlet runner bean)
6a : a long narrow carpet for a hall or staircaseb : a narrow decorative cloth cover for a table or dresser top
7 : an adjustable backstay running from mast to rail on a sail boat or ship
8 : a running shot in basketball
Examples of runner in a Sentence
The runner slid into third base.
sent a runner to tell them that all was ready for the feast
Recent Examples of runner from the Web
South Alabama signed Hardy with the idea of his being a situational player, perhaps working his way into a role as a late-game pinch-runner or platoon hitter against left-handed pitching.
Particularly galling for Arsenal fans this season was to finish below north London rival Tottenham, the runner-up, for the first time in 22 years.
The two-run error sent the game into a five-inning slog during which the Brewers got runners on first and second with one out in the 10th, a threat that was shut down when Smoker struck out Keon Broxton and Thames.
The 5-foot-10, 240-pound Stewart is an entirely differently runner than the smaller McCaffrey.
The Trojans stranded three runners, including two in scoring position, in the first two innings.
A former executive at Goldman Sachs and Barack Obama’s ambassador to Germany, Murphy is the front runner in the Democrats’ June 6 primary.
Sprinting ahead: The Mid-Suburban League's reputation as a distance-running hotbed may be getting a makeover after MSL runners swept the Class 3A sprints.
The starting blocks helped runners take the crouching position developed in the late 19th century by American and Australian sprinters.
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First Known Use of runner
RUNNER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of runner for English Language Learners
: a person who runs as part of a sport, for exercise, or in a race
: an animal (such as a horse) that runs in a race
: a person who delivers messages, reports, materials, or products either within a business or organization or to outside locations
RUNNER Defined for Kids
Definition of runner for Students
1 : a person or animal that runs
2 : a thin piece or part on or in which something slides the runners on a sled
3 : messenger
4 : a slender creeping branch of a plant that roots at the end or at the joints to form new plants
5 : a long narrow carpet (as for a hall)
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