Meaning of race
— n., v., raced, rac•ing.
- a contest of speed, as in running, riding, driving, or sailing.
- a series of races, usually of horses or dogs, run at a set time over a regular course: They spent a day at the races.
- any contest or competition, esp. to achieve superiority: the arms race; the presidential race.
- urgent need, responsibility, effort, etc., as when time is short or a solution is imperative: the race to find an effective vaccine.
- onward movement; an onward or regular course.
- the course of time.
- the course of life or a part of life.
- a strong or rapid current of water, as in the sea or a river.
- the channel or bed of such a current or of any stream.
- an artificial channel leading water to or from a place where its energy is utilized.
- the current of water in such a channel.
- Also calleda channel, groove, or the like, for sliding or rolling a part or parts, as the balls of a ball bearing.
- the float between adjacent rows of pile.
- Seerace plate.
- to engage in a contest of speed; run a race.
- to run horses or dogs in races; engage in or practice horse racing or dog racing.
- to run, move, or go swiftly.
- (of an engine, wheel, etc.) to run with undue or uncontrolled speed when the load is diminished without corresponding diminution of fuel, force, etc.
- to run a race against; try to beat in a contest of speed: I'll race you to the water.
- to enter (a horse, car, track team, or the like) in a race or races.
- to cause to run, move, or go at high speed: to race a motor.
- of or pertaining to the races of humankind.
- a ginger root.
- a cape at the SE extremity of Newfoundland.
- race (Thesaurus)