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1a person who runs, especially in a specified way:Mary was a fast runner a person who runs competitively as a sport or hobby:a marathon runner a horse that runs in a particular race:there were only four runners a messenger, collector, or agent for a bank, bookmaker, or other organization. 2 [in combination] a person who smuggles specified goods into or out of a country or area:a drug-runner 3a rod, groove, or blade on which something slides. each of the long pieces on the underside of a sled that forms the contact in sliding.
) a roller for moving a heavy article.
a ring capable of slipping or sliding along a strap or rod or through which something may be passed or drawn. Nautical a rope run through a block. 4a shoot, typically leafless, that grows from the base of a plant along the surface of the ground and can take root at points along its length. a plant that spreads by means of runners. 5a long, narrow rug or strip of carpet, especially for a hall or stairway. 6 (also runner stone) a revolving millstone. 7a fast-swimming fish of the jack family, occurring in tropical seas.
- Several species in the family Carangidae, in particular the colorfully striped rainbow runner (Elagatis bipinnulata) of warm seas worldwide, and the blue runner (Caranx crysos) of the western Atlantic