|1.||a contest of speed, as in running, swimming, driving, riding, etc|
|2.||any competition or rivalry: the race for the White House|
|3.||rapid or constant onward movement: the race of time|
|4.||a rapid current of water, esp one through a narrow channel that has a tidal range greater at one end than the other|
|5.||a channel of a stream, esp one for conducting water to or from a water wheel or other device for utilizing its energy: a mill race|
|6.||a. a channel or groove that contains ball bearings or roller bearings or that restrains a sliding component|
|b. the inner or outer cylindrical ring in a ball bearing or roller bearing|
|7.||(Austral), (NZ) a narrow passage or enclosure in a sheep yard through which sheep pass individually, as to a sheep dip|
|8.||(Austral) a wire tunnel through which footballers pass from the changing room onto a football field|
|9.||(NZ) a line of containers coupled together, used in mining to transport coal|
|10.||another name for slipstream|
|11.||archaic the span or course of life|
|12.||informal (Austral) not in the race given or having no chance|
|13.||to engage in a contest of speed with (another)|
|14.||to engage (oneself or one's representative) in a race, esp as a profession or pastime: to race pigeons|
|15.||to move or go as fast as possible|
|16.||to run (an engine, shaft, propeller, etc) or (of an engine, shaft, propeller, etc) to run at high speed, esp after reduction of the load or resistance|
|[C13: from Old Norse rās running; related to Old English rǣs attack]|
|1.||a group of people of common ancestry, distinguished from others by physical characteristics, such as hair type, colour of eyes and skin, stature, etc. Principal races are Caucasoid, Mongoloid, and Negroid|
|2.||the human race human beings collectively|
|3.||a group of animals or plants having common characteristics that distinguish them from other members of the same species, usually forming a geographically isolated group; subspecies|
|4.||a group of people sharing the same interests, characteristics, etc: the race of authors|
|5.||informal play the race card to introduce the subject of race into a public discussion, esp to gain a strategic advantage|
|[C16: from French, from Italian razza, of uncertain origin]|
"Just being a Negro doesn't qualify you to understand the race situation any more than being sick makes you an expert on medicine." [Dick Gregory, 1964]
A local geographic or global human population distinguished as a more or less distinct group by genetically transmitted physical characteristics.
A population of organisms differing from others of the same species in the frequency of hereditary traits; a subspecies.
A breed or strain, as of domestic animals.
|race (rās) Pronunciation Key
see rat race; slow but sure (steady wins the race).