Definition of runoff
1 : a final race, contest, or election to decide an earlier one that has not resulted in a decision in favor of any one competitor
2 : the portion of precipitation on land that ultimately reaches streams often with dissolved or suspended material
Recent Examples of runoff from the Web
Water runoff from the site is already a problem and might get worse, some residents said.
New council member Roxanne Thalman, who narrowly won a June 10 runoff election to replace outgoing District 3 Councilman Robert Rivera, was sworn in at the meeting.
If runoff occurs on steep slopes, try irrigating that zone multiple times per day with shorter durations.
Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in the special election runoff in Georgia's 6th Congressional District yesterday.
Ossoff, a political newcomer, almost won the race outright in a 16-candidate primary in April, which triggered Tuesday's runoff election with Handel.
As the runoff for Georgia's sixth congressional district finally, finally comes to an end, the campaigns of Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel are winding up in wildly different modes.
In Sunday’s runoff election for the National Assembly, Mr. Macron’s La République en Marche party and its centrist ally Modem clinched 350 of 577 seats.
Flood advisories warned of ponding and excessive runoff in southern Tolland County, southeastern Hartford County, southern Fairfield County and western New Haven County on Friday evening.
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Definition of runoff for English Language Learners
: an additional race, contest, or election that is held because an earlier one has not resulted in a winner
: water from rain or snow that flows over the surface of the ground into streams
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