Pronunciation: (run'ing),[key] —n. 1. the act of a person, animal, or thing that runs.
2. managing or directing: the running of a business. 3. an act or instance of racing: the 113th running of the Kentucky Derby. 4. the condition of a track or surface to be run or raced on; footing: Our track team had muddy running today. 5. the amount, quality, or type of a liquid flow.
6. in the running, a. participating or entered as a competitor.
b. under consideration as a candidate or possible choice: Who is still in the running for the directorship? c. among the winners or those making a good showing.
7. out of the running, a. not competing in a contest or race.
b. not among the winners or runners-up in a contest or race: to finish out of the running.
—adj. 1. galloping, racing, moving, or passing rapidly.
2. (of a horse)
a. going or proceeding rapidly at the gait of a gallop.
b. taught to proceed at a gallop.
3. creeping or climbing, as plants: a running vine. 4. moving or proceeding easily or smoothly.
5. moving when pulled or hauled, as a rope.
6. slipping or sliding easily, as a knot or a noose.
7. operating or functioning, as a machine.
8. (of measurement) linear; straight-line.
9. cursive, as handwriting.
10. flowing, as a stream.
11. liquid or fluid.
12. present; current: the running month. 13. prevalent, as a condition or state: running prices. 14. going or carried on continuously; sustained: a running commentary. 15. extending or repeated continuously: a running pattern. 16. performed with or during a run: a running leap. 17. discharging pus or other matter: a running sore. 18. Naut.noting any of various objects or assemblages of objects that may be moved in ordinary use: running bowsprit; running gaff. 19. Naut.,Mach. a. noting any block of a tackle that moves.
b. noting the part of the fall of a tackle that moves through the blocks (opposed to standing).
—adv. in succession; consecutively: He slept badly for three nights running.