Definition of "race" [race]

  • A local geographic or global human population distinguished as a more or less distinct group by genetically transmitted physical characteristics. (noun)
  • A group of people united or classified together on the basis of common history, nationality, or geographic distribution: the German race. (noun)
  • A genealogical line; a lineage. (noun)
  • Humans considered as a group. (noun)
  • Biology An interbreeding, usually geographically isolated population of organisms differing from other populations of the same species in the frequency of hereditary traits. A race that has been given formal taxonomic recognition is known as a subspecies. (noun)
  • A contest of speed, as in running, swimming, driving, riding, etc (noun)

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  • Any competition or rivalry (noun)
  • Rapid or constant onward movement (noun)
  • A rapid current of water, esp one through a narrow channel that has a tidal range greater at one end than the other (noun)
  • A channel of a stream, esp one for conducting water to or from a water wheel or other device for utilizing its energy (noun)
  • A channel or groove that contains ball bearings or roller bearings or that restrains a sliding component (noun)
  • The inner or outer cylindrical ring in a ball bearing or roller bearing (noun)
  • A narrow passage or enclosure in a sheep yard through which sheep pass individually, as to a sheep dip (noun)
  • A wire tunnel through which footballers pass from the changing room onto a football field (noun)
  • A line of containers coupled together, used in mining to transport coal (noun)
  • The span or course of life (noun)
  • To engage in a contest of speed with (another) (verb)
  • To engage (oneself or one's representative) in a race, esp as a profession or pastime (verb)
  • To move or go as fast as possible (verb)
  • 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 (verb)

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Use "race" in a sentence
  • "Howe took a narrow two point USA Crits lead with 20 laps to go in the race, and he held onto the orange and white jersey come the end of the ┬árace."
  • "Aryan race to leave behind literary relics of their existence on earth, then I say the Vedic poets are primitive; the Vedic language is primitive; the Vedic religion is primitive, and, taken as a whole, _more primitive than anything else that we are ever likely to recover in the whole history of our race_ ...."
  • "It appears that the red race here, the _race capresse_, is particularly liable to the disease."