running time


Definition of running time 

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

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However, fans who've been waiting for an all-start superhero teamup of this caliber were nonplussed by the extended run time. Sonaiya Kelley,, "'Avengers: Infinity War' scores biggest box office opening ever," 29 Apr. 2018 Alexis Pinturault of France finished 1.31 behind Hirscher's two-run time of 2 minutes, 18.04 seconds to get the bronze medal. Graham Dunbar,, "Austria's Marcel Hirscher wins giant slalom gold," 18 Feb. 2018 Unfortunately, her prodigious effort has resulted in little more than a repugnant showcase for her acting talents that few viewers will be able to stomach for the duration of its running time. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Eat Me': Film Review," 5 July 2018 But the movie itself is consistent, bringing us into these lives and developing certain ideas over its tasteful 97-minute running time (including credits). Mick Lasalle, Houston Chronicle, "Review: Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons in tune as dad-daughter songsters in ‘Hearts Beat Loud’," 20 June 2018 Ant-Man and the Wasp completes its full arc in a smooth 36, give or take, along with a comfortably digestible two-hour run time. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "Ant-Man and the Wasp and the Importance of Small Stories in Big Universes," 5 July 2018 When The Expanse began, a significant portion of its running time was dedicated to a detective’s hunt for a missing girl. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Expanse is an excellent sci-fi space opera. But it’s fundamentally a detective show.," 1 July 2018 That puts you into two full days of run time, which was enough to get me through four days of touring without a recharge. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "Garmin Edge 1030 vs. the iPhone X," 29 June 2018 Like, for example, when run time permissions came in, in Marshmallow [Android 6.0], and there are still apps that targeted pre-N [Android 7.0], and that just shouldn't be happening at this point. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Talkin’ Treble: How Android engineers are winning the war on fragmentation," 8 June 2018

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1939, in the meaning defined above

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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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