What is running?

  • (adj): Continually repeated over a period of time.
    Example: "A running joke among us"
    See also — Additional definitions below


Running is a means of terrestrial locomotion allowing humans and other animals to move rapidly on foot. It is simply defined in athletics terms as a gait in which at regular points during the running cycle both feet are off the ground. This is in contrast to walking, where one foot is always in contact with the ground, the legs are kept mostly straight and the center of gravity vaults over the legs in an inverted pendulum fashion. A characteristic feature of a running body from the viewpoint of spring-mass mechanics is that changes in kinetic and potential energy within a stride occur simultaneously, with energy storage accomplished by springy tendons and passive muscle elasticity. The term running can refer to any of a variety of speeds ranging from jogging to sprinting.

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Some articles on running:

Running Events - Events By Distance
... Sprints Sprints are short running events in athletics and track and field ... Races over short distances are among the oldest running competitions ... Athletes remain in the same lane on the running track throughout all sprinting events, with the sole exception of the 400 m indoors ...
1930 Indianapolis 500 - Results
... Finish Start No Name Qual Rank Laps Led Status 4 ... Billy Arnold 113.268 198 ... Running 16 ... Shorty Cantlon 109.810 0 ... Running 23 ... Louis ... Corum 94.130 0 ... Running 38 ... Claude Burton 95.087 0 ... Flagged 42 ... Letterio Cucinotta 91.584 0 ... Flagged 41 ... Chet Miller 97.360 0 ... Flagged 46 ... Harry ...
1932 Indianapolis 500 - Race Summary - Results
... Finish Start No Name Qual Rank Laps Led Status 34 ... Fred Frame 113.856 58 ... Running 6 ... Howdy Wilcox II 113.468 1 ... Running 22 ... Cliff Bergere 111.5 ...
Three Card Brag - Hand Ranks
... hand rankings, from best to worst, are three of a kind ("prial"), straight flush ("running flush"), straight ("run"), flush, pair, high card ... The best running flush or run is A-2-3, A-K-Q, followed by the usual order of K-Q-J,etc ... Prials and running flushes are extremely rare (the odds of a dealt prial are 425-to-1 and the odds of a dealt running flush are approx ...
You Keep Running Away
... "You Keep Running Away" is a Holland-Dozier-Holland composition originally recorded in 1967 by the Four Tops ... "You Keep Running Away" went to number seven on the R B charts and number nineteen on the Hot 100 ...

More definitions of "running":

  • (noun): (American football) a play in which a player runs with the ball.
    Example: "The coach put great emphasis on running"
    Synonyms: run, running play, running game
  • (noun): The act of administering or being in charge of something.
    Example: "He has responsibility for the running of two companies at the same time"
  • (adj): (of fluids) moving or issuing in a stream.
    Example: "A mountain stream with freely running water"; "hovels without running water"
  • (noun): The act of participating in an athletic competition involving running on a track.
    Synonyms: track
  • (noun): The state of being in operation.
    Example: "The engine is running smoothly"
  • (noun): The act of running; traveling on foot at a fast pace.
    Synonyms: run
  • (adj): (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing.
    Example: "In running (or working) order"
    Synonyms: operative, functional, working
  • (adj): Measured lengthwise.
    Example: "Cost of lumber per running foot"
    Synonyms: linear
  • (adj): Of advancing the ball by running.
    Example: "The team's running plays worked better than its pass plays"
  • (adj): Moving quickly on foot.
    Example: "Heard running footsteps behind him"
  • (adj): Executed or initiated by running.
    Example: "Running plays worked better than pass plays"; "took a running jump"; "a running start"

Famous quotes containing the word running:

    He’s like an express train running through a tunnel—one shriek, sparks, smoke and gone.
    Virginia Woolf (1882–1941)

    Sense is a line, the mind is a circle. Sense is like a line which is the flux of a point running out from itself, but intellect like a circle that keeps within itself.
    Ralph J. Cudworth (1617–1688)

    Animals used to provide a lowlife way to kill and get away with it, as they do still, but, more intriguingly, for some people they are an aperture through which wounds drain. The scapegoat of olden times, driven off for the bystanders’ sins, has become a tender thing, a running injury. There, running away ... is me: hurt it and you are hurting me.
    Edward Hoagland (b. 1932)