running time


Definition of running time

: the duration of a motion picture, a theatrical performance, or a recording

Examples of running time in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dinosaurs are featured in the first Jurassic Park, released on this day in 1993, for just about six minutes of its two-hour running time, and yet the movie is considered a milestone in cinematic history. David Bressan, Forbes, 11 June 2021 Present the show commercial-free, which would cut the running time, and promote it robustly. Star Tribune, 4 May 2021 The pace is slow, even though the running time is only 97 minutes. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 27 May 2021 At least this installment doesn’t spend 1/3 of its running time redeeming the previous installment’s mass murdering villain to set-up a spin-off. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Disney recommends the show for ages 6 and up; note the running time is two hours with an intermission. Matthew J. Palm,, 7 May 2021 Batman Begins had Bruce Wayne put on the bat suit at the 65 minute mark and offered a full-on Batman adventure in the back half of its 140-minute running time. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 17 May 2021 The melancholia that courses through this movie is of a piece with its minimalism, notable in the concision of the individual scenes and the overall running time. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 30 Apr. 2021 Earnest ushers—their own favorite movies featured on their nametags—introduced each movie by identifying its director and running time. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, 15 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of running time

1939, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jun 2021

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“Running time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of running time

: the amount of time that a movie, performance, recording, etc., lasts from beginning to end


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