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Definitions of race

  1. step on it; " He rushed down the hall to receive his guests"; " The cars raced down the street"
  2. to work as fast as possible towards a goal, sometimes in competition with others; " We are racing to find a cure for AIDS"
  3. a canal for a current of water
  4. a contest of speed; " the race is to the swift"
  5. any competition; " the race for the presidency"
  6. people who are believed to belong to the same genetic stock; " some biologists doubt that there are important genetic differences between races of human beings"
  7. compete in a race; " he is running the Marathon this year"; " let's race and see who gets there first"
  8. cause to move fast or to rush or race; " The psychologist raced the rats through a long maze"
  9. A root.
  10. A game, match, etc., open only to losers in early stages of contests.
  11. To raze.
  12. The descendants of a common ancestor; a family, tribe, people, or nation, believed or presumed to belong to the same stock; a lineage; a breed.
  13. Company; herd; breed.
  14. A variety of such fixed character that it may be propagated by seed.
  15. Peculiar flavor, taste, or strength, as of wine; that quality, or assemblage of qualities, which indicates origin or kind, as in wine; hence, characteristic flavor; smack.
  16. Hence, characteristic quality or disposition.
  17. A progress; a course; a movement or progression.
  18. Esp., swift progress; rapid course; a running.
  19. Hence: The act or process of running in competition; a contest of speed in any way, as in running, riding, driving, skating, rowing, sailing; in the plural, usually, a meeting for contests in the running of horses; as, he attended the races.
  20. Competitive action of any kind, especially when prolonged; hence, career; course of life.
  21. A strong or rapid current of water, or the channel or passage for such a current; a powerful current or heavy sea, sometimes produced by the meeting of two tides; as, the Portland Race; the Race of Alderney.
  22. The current of water that turns a water wheel, or the channel in which it flows; a mill race.
  23. A channel or guide along which a shuttle is driven back and forth, as in a loom, sewing machine, etc.
  24. To run swiftly; to contend in a race; as, the animals raced over the ground; the ships raced from port to port.
  25. To run too fast at times, as a marine engine or screw, when the screw is lifted out of water by the action of a heavy sea.
  26. To cause to contend in a race; to drive at high speed; as, to race horses.
  27. To run a race with.
  28. A strong or rapid current of water, or the channel or passage for such a current; a powerful current or heavy sea, sometimes produced by the meeting of two tides; as, the Portland Race; the of Alderney.
  29. A strong rapid current of water; also, its channel; as, a mill race; a contest of speed, as in running, swimming, etc.; length of life or career; as, my race is run; breed; a class of beings having similar qualities; as, the human race; a division of human beings; as, the white race; a nation; as, the English race; family line; as, the race of Stuart kings.
  30. To run swiftly; contend in running; to run, as an engine, too fast, because of a lightened load.
  31. To cause to move swiftly in a contest of speed; to drive at great speed; as, to race a horse; to run with, in a speed contest.
  32. 1. A division of mankind, by some regarded as a species, such as the Caucasian, Mongolian, and Negro. 2. A tribal division. 3. An artificial division of animals kept distinct only by careful selection in breeding.
  33. Family: the descendants of a common ancestor: a breed or variety: a herd: peculiar flavor or strength, as of wine, showing its kind.
  34. A running: rapid motion: trial of speed: progress: movement of any kind: course of action: a rapid current: a canal to a water- wheel.
  35. To run swiftly: to contend in running.
  36. A breed; descendants; family.
  37. To run swiftly; contend in running.
  38. Trial of speed; swift course; career; canal to a water- wheel.
  39. To move or cause to move swiftly; match or contend in a contest of speed.
  40. A series of descendants from a common ancestry; lineage; pedigree.
  41. A trial of speed.
  42. Movement; career.
  43. A sluice.
  44. A meeting for contests in the running of horses.
  45. A series of descendants from the same stock; a generation; a particular breed; a peculiar, distinctive flavour, as of wine; a root.
  46. A running; a rapid course; a contest in running; course; career; a strong or rapid current, or its channel.
  47. To set a- running in a race.
  48. A rapid course, whether of animals or of waters; any running with speed; a contest in running; progress; course; career; the tide- wave when arrested by a promontory, and caused to flow off obliquely with considerable velocity, as the " race of Portland"; the water- course leading to a water- wheel.
  49. A meeting of horses to contend against each other in running.
  50. To run swiftly; to run or contend in a race.
  51. A continued series of descendants from a parent, called the " stock"; a family; a particular breed, sort, or variety; in bot., a permanent variety; the particular strength, taste, or flavour of wine, indicating its kind and origin; smack- see under racy.
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Usage examples for race

  1. He knew he had a twelve- mile race before him, but felt equal to the task. – The Expressman and the Detective by Allan Pinkerton
  2. He looked out again and was in time to see the finish of the race. – The Grafters by Francis Lynde
  3. I name: I. The Race. – The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner by Charles Dudley Warner
  4. It was a race for life. – The Story of the Trapper by A. C. Laut
  5. Oh dear me, that was a race! – Five Little Peppers at School by Margaret Sidney
  6. For the second time that day Tony muttered, " It's a race!" – Servants of the Guns by Jeffery E. Jeffery
  7. Show day is more serious and business- like, but Race day is a really light- hearted affair, and the horses don't matter to most of the people. – Back To Billabong by Mary Grant Bruce
  8. In a race like this, however, he knows that anything may happen. – Mushrooms on the Moor by Frank Boreham
  9. I would save the last of his race. – Zanoni by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  10. In them we find the common expression of the life and feelings of a common race. – The Interdependence of Literature by Georgina Pell Curtis
  11. Come, dear, let us race on again. – The Eulogy of Richard Jefferies by Walter Besant
  12. Would he have done so, then, to the whole human race, had they been then present together? – The Ordinance of Covenanting by John Cunningham
  13. Unpiteous of the race thy will began! – The Odyssey of Homer by Homer, translated by Alexander Pope
  14. We'll win the race yet! – Little Lucy's Wonderful Globe by Charlotte M. Yonge
  15. " Nothing; only as he's out of the race with younger men as far as a pretty woman is concerned-" " Who's out!" – The Firing Line by Robert W. Chambers
  16. He is of your race, brother. – Salute to Adventurers by John Buchan
  17. He called to his men to race for it. – The Law-Breakers by Ridgwell Cullum
  18. The wedding was to be in the fashion of the bride's race. – Children of the Desert by Louis Dodge
  19. The car leaped forward like a startled race- horse. – The Black Bag by Louis Joseph Vance
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