- run•ning[[t]ˈrʌn ɪŋ[/t]] n.1) the act of one that runs2) management; direction: the running of a business3) an act or instance of racing: the 113th running of the Kentucky Derby4) the condition of a track or surface to be run or raced on5) the amount, quality, or type of a liquid flow6) (of a horse)a) going or proceeding at a gallopb) trained to proceed at a gallop7) bot creeping or climbing, as plants8) moving or proceeding smoothly9) slipping or sliding easily, as a knot10) operating or functioning, as a machine11) wam (of measurement) linear; straight-line12) flowing or fluid13) carried on continuously: a running commentary14) performed with or during a run: a running leap15) pat discharging pus or other matter: a running sore16) naut. navig. Naut. noting any of various objects or assemblages of objects that may be moved in ordinary use: running bowsprit; running gaff17) in succession; consecutively: three nights running•Etymology: 1150–1200
From formal English to slang. 2014.