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 Disney had previously said that The Eras Tour (Taylor’s Version) had 4.6 million views (defined as total viewing time divided by running time) worldwide over its first three days; the four days of Nielsen measurement translate to about 3.22 million views of the 3 1/2-hour film. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Apr. 2024 With a running time of just over four hours, the Super Bowl totaled about 30.4 billion minutes of viewing on its own, and post-game coverage on CBS tallied 2.15 billion more minutes. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Mar. 2024 Together, the 5 films, divided into 32 episodes, have a running time of more than 59 hours. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Jan. 2024 Feature films must have a running time of over 40 minutes. Caroline Brew, Variety, 8 Jan. 2024 The most daring thing is how long the sequence goes—six minutes, nearly five per cent of the movie’s running time. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 17 Dec. 2023 Select attendees opted to stand through the 2 hour 16 minute running time rather than miss a frame. Keyaira Boone, Essence, 16 Dec. 2023 But Napoleon is protracted, as if running time and rambling narrative incidents (the back-and-forth from battlefield to Josephine) amounted to substance. Armond White, National Review, 24 Nov. 2023 The theatrical cut of Australia has a running time of two hours, 45 minutes. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of running time was in 1939

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“Running time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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