Definition of Race

Pronunciation: rāst
v. t.1.To raze.
n.1.A root.
Race ginger
ginger in the root, or not pulverized.
1.The descendants of a common ancestor; a family, tribe, people, or nation, believed or presumed to belong to the same stock; a lineage; a breed.
The whole race of mankind.
- Shak.
Whence the long race of Alban fathers come.
- Dryden.
2.Company; herd; breed.
For do but note a wild and wanton herd,
Or race of youthful and unhandled colts,
Fetching mad bounds.
- Shak.
3.(Bot.) A variety of such fixed character that it may be propagated by seed.
4.Peculiar flavor, taste, or strength, as of wine; that quality, or assemblage of qualities, which indicates origin or kind, as in wine; hence, characteristic flavor; smack.
Is it [the wine] of the right race ?
- Massinger.
5.Hence, characteristic quality or disposition.
And now I give my sensual race the rein.
- Shak.
Some . . . great race of fancy or judgment.
- Sir W. Temple.
1.A progress; a course; a movement or progression.
2.Esp., swift progress; rapid course; a running.
The flight of many birds is swifter than the race of any beasts.
- Bacon.
3.Hence: The act or process of running in competition; a contest of speed in any way, as in running, riding, driving, skating, rowing, sailing; in the plural, usually, a meeting for contests in the running of horses; as, he attended the races.
The race is not to the swift.
- Eccl. ix. 11.
I wield the gauntlet, and I run the race.
- Pope.
4.Competitive action of any kind, especially when prolonged; hence, career; course of life.
My race of glory run, and race of shame.
- Milton.
5.A strong or rapid current of water, or the channel or passage for such a current; a powerful current or heavy sea, sometimes produced by the meeting of two tides; as, the Portland Race; the Race of Alderney.
6.The current of water that turns a water wheel, or the channel in which it flows; a mill race.
7.(Mach.) A channel or guide along which a shuttle is driven back and forth, as in a loom, sewing machine, etc.
Race cloth
a cloth worn by horses in racing, having pockets to hold the weights prescribed.
Race course
a - The path, generally circular or elliptical, over which a race is run
b - Same as Race way, below.
Race cup
a cup given as a prize to the victor in a race.
Race glass
a kind of field glass.
Race horse
a - A horse that runs in competition; specifically, a horse bred or kept for running races
b - A breed of horses remarkable for swiftness in running
c - (Zool.) The steamer duck
d - (Zool.) A mantis.
Race knife
a cutting tool with a blade that is hooked at the point, for marking outlines, on boards or metals, as by a pattern, - used in shipbuilding.
Race saddle
a light saddle used in racing.
Race track
a - Same as Race course (a), above.
Race way
the canal for the current that drives a water wheel.
v. i.1.To run swiftly; to contend in a race; as, the animals raced over the ground; the ships raced from port to port.
[imp. & p. p. Raced (rāst); p. pr. & vb. n. Racing (rā"sĭng).]
2.(Steam Mach.) To run too fast at times, as a marine engine or screw, when the screw is lifted out of water by the action of a heavy sea.
v. t.1.To cause to contend in a race; to drive at high speed; as, to race horses.
2.To run a race with.

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