What is running?

  • (adj): Measured lengthwise.
    Example: "Cost of lumber per running foot"
    Synonyms: linear
    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:

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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 111.503 0 ... Running 61 ... Bob Carey 111 ...
1930 Indianapolis 500 - Results
... No Name Qual Rank Laps Led Status 4 ... Billy Arnold 113.268 198 ... Running 16 ... Shorty Cantlon 109.810 0 ... Running 23 ... Louis Schneider 106.107 200. 0 ... 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 Butcher 87.003 ...

More definitions of "running":

  • (noun): The state of being in operation.
    Example: "The engine is running smoothly"
  • (adj): (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing.
    Example: "In running (or working) order"
    Synonyms: operative, functional, working
  • (noun): The act of participating in an athletic competition involving running on a track.
    Synonyms: track
  • (adj): Continually repeated over a period of time.
    Example: "A running joke among us"
  • (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"
  • (adj): Of advancing the ball by running.
    Example: "The team's running plays worked better than its pass plays"
  • (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
  • (adj): Executed or initiated by running.
    Example: "Running plays worked better than pass plays"; "took a running jump"; "a running start"
  • (noun): The act of running; traveling on foot at a fast pace.
    Synonyms: run
  • (adj): Moving quickly on foot.
    Example: "Heard running footsteps behind him"

Famous quotes containing the word running:

    Swan/Mary Rutledge: Oh no, no. I’m not running away. I came here to get something, and I’m going to get it.
    Col. Cobb: Yes, but San Francisco is no place for a woman.
    Swan: Why not? I’m not afraid. I like the fog. I like this new world. I like the noise of something happening.... I’m tired of dreaming, Colonel Cobb. I’m staying. I’m staying and holding out my hands for gold—bright, yellow gold.
    Ben Hecht (1893–1964)

    Do but consider this small dust, here running in the glass,
    By atoms moved.
    Could you believe that this the body was
    Of one that loved?
    And in his mistress’ flame playing like a fly,
    Turned to cinders by her eye?
    Yes, and in death as life unblest,
    To have’t expressed,
    Even ashes of lovers find no rest.
    Ben Jonson (1572–1637)

    I never thought I’d have such a luxurious life. A healthy husband ... beautiful little girl ... Jacuzzi and beer and fruitbowl and Beethoven and Mendelssohn and running.... Running is the best thing. [Ellipses in original]
    Miki Gorman (b. 1935)