running text


Definition of running text

  1. :  the main text of a document :  text in the form of sentences or paragraphs as distinguished from captions, titles, lists, etc. a rare word found in lexicons but not in running text This figure (3a) has a weakly informative caption, as we have discussed, so the running text needs to be looked at closely. — James A. Fay, Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, 1994

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