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 Running over 6 mph will necessitate firing up the Hyundai diesel generator for one of every three hours of running time to keep the batteries charged. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 8 July 2022 The theatrical cut of Australia has a running time of two hours, 45 minutes. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 June 2022 Given its ambitions, Campos’s series could have used a longer running time. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 9 June 2022 The things the producers, writers and hosts could control were sloppily managed and poorly paced, with bad comedy in all the wrong places and a nearly four-hour running time. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 28 Mar. 2022 Films that have a longer running time will be naturally favored on the list. Josh Wilson, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 But for offshore audiences, mostly coming in cold, a general sense of the narrative’s direction will be indecipherable for a good stretch of the running time. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 May 2022 Unfortunately, the show skitters away from anything quite so complex, devoting more and more of the half-hour episodes’ running time to Lou’s fantastical backstory, her malign intentions toward Joyce, and her power to carry out her will. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 4 Apr. 2022 It was limited to a couple of hours of running time, normal for the medium, and it was sidetracked by a controversy in which Neville used artificial intelligence to have Bourdain read a few of his own passages posthumously. Washington Post, 30 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of running time

1939, in the meaning defined above

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13 Aug 2022

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“Running time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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