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 Under the stars Indy Shorts packages its films, each with a running time less than 40 minutes, into themed compilations or programs. David Lindquist, The Indianapolis Star, "Indy Shorts film festival will be presented both online and at the drive-in," 3 July 2020 Apatow’s greatest skill is at dissecting relationships, and that should’ve made up most of The King of Staten Island’s running time. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The King of Staten Island," 13 June 2020 For example, generator manufacturers have maximum wattage output ratings and an estimated run time at full or partial load. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "Green Buildings Are the New Thing, But What About Green Construction Sites?," 31 Oct. 2019 This setup has three batteries run in parallel, which keeps the draw at 12 volts but provides triple the run time of a single battery. Michael R. Shea, Outdoor Life, "Build the Ultimate Bowfishing Boat," 15 Apr. 2020 The run time was an hour and a half, starting and ending with a deep and ominous recital from the pipe organ that sounded louder without all the bodies to absorb it. Sam Whiting,, "For Bay Area churchgoers, virtual Easter in coronavirus era is ‘bittersweet’," 12 Apr. 2020 In just his third directorial outing, Garland has more run time to work with than in his previous sci-fi efforts (2014’s Ex Machina and 2018’s Annihilation). Craig Hanks, National Review, "Devs Raises the Ultimate Question," 2 May 2020 Alana Striverson, who scored a game-high 25 points including four 3-pointers – and was a big reason why Silver Creek was even in the game Saturday – dribbled at the top of the key to run time off the clock. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Salem rallies to beat Silver Creek on a buzzer beater to win sectional championship," 9 Feb. 2020 The rechargeable battery gives 60 minutes of run time and the power of a corded tool without being tied down. NBC News, "The best hair and beard trimmer for men, according to experts," 15 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of running time

1939, in the meaning defined above

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7 Jul 2020

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“Running time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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