Definition of "runoff" []

  • The overflow of fluid from a container. (noun)
  • Rainfall not absorbed by soil. (noun)
  • Eliminated waste products from manufacturing processes. (noun)
  • An extra competition held to break a tie. (noun)
  • To depart in haste (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To produce quickly, as copies on a duplicating machine (verb)
  • To drain (liquid) or (of liquid) to be drained (verb)
  • To decide (a race) by a runoff (verb)
  • To get rid of (weight, etc) by running (verb)
  • (of a flow of liquid) to begin to dry up; cease to run (verb)
  • An extra race to decide the winner after a tie (noun)
  • A contest or election held after a previous one has failed to produce a clear victory for any one person (noun)
  • That portion of rainfall that runs into streams as surface water rather than being absorbed into ground water or evaporating (noun)
  • The overflow of a liquid from a container (noun)
  • Grazing land for store cattle (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "runoff" in a sentence
  • "More photos and interactive graphics While Ms. Rousseff lacks the charisma of Mr. da Silva, who rose from poverty to capture the country's most important job, one big factor in her favor in the runoff is her message: more of the same."
  • "The biggest winner in a runoff is third-party Green Party candidate Ms. Silva, whose last-minute surge in the polls is credited with pushing the election to a second round."
  • "If no candidate wins a simple majority, a runoff is slated to be held in late November between the top two vote-getters."