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RACE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does race mean? 

RACE (noun)
  The noun RACE has 6 senses:

1. any competition
2. people who are believed to belong to the same genetic stock
3. a contest of speed
4. the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller
5. (biology) a taxonomic group that is a division of a species; usually arises as a consequence of geographical isolation within a species
6. a canal for a current of water

  Familiarity information: RACE used as a noun is common.


RACE (verb)
  The verb RACE has 4 senses:

1. step on it
2. compete in a race
3. to work as fast as possible towards a goal, sometimes in competition with others
4. cause to move fast or to rush or race

  Familiarity information: RACE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


RACE (noun)


Sense 1race [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any competition

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Context example:

the race for the presidency

Hypernyms ("race" is a kind of...):

competition; contest (an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "race"):

campaign; political campaign; run (a race between candidates for elective office)

arms race (a competition between nations to have the most powerful armaments)


Sense 2race [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

People who are believed to belong to the same genetic stock

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Context example:

some biologists doubt that there are important genetic differences between races of human beings

Hypernyms ("race" is a kind of...):

group; grouping (any number of entities (members) considered as a unit)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "race"):

Slavic people; Slavic race (a race of people speaking a Slavonic language)

Indian race (sometimes included in the Caucasian race; native to the subcontinent of India)

Amerindian race; Indian race (usually included in the Mongoloid race)

Mongolian race; Mongoloid race; Yellow race (an Asian race)

Caucasian race; Caucasoid race; White people; White race (a light-skinned race)

Black race; Negro race; Negroid race (a dark-skinned race)

Herrenvolk; master race (a race that considers itself superior to all others and fitted to rule the others)

color; colour; people of color; people of colour (a race with skin pigmentation different from the white race (especially Blacks))


Sense 3race [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A contest of speed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Context example:

the race is to the swift

Hypernyms ("race" is a kind of...):

competition; contest (an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "race"):

auto race; automobile race; car race (a race between (usually high-performance) automobiles)

repechage (a race (especially in rowing) in which runners-up in the eliminating heats compete for a place in the final race)

relay race; relays (a race between teams; each member runs or swims part of the distance)

ski race; skiing race (a race between people wearing skis)

scratch race (a race in which all contestant start from scratch (on equal terms))

sack race (a novelty race in which competitors jump ahead with their feet confined in a sack)

potato race (a novelty race in which competitors move potatoes from one place to another one at a time)

horse race (a contest of speed between horses; usually held for the purpose of betting)

heat (a preliminary race in which the winner advances to a more important race)

cross country (a long race run over open country)

freestyle (a race (as in swimming) in which each contestant has a free choice of the style to use)

foot race; footrace; run (a race run on foot)

dog racing (a race between dogs; usually an occasion for betting on the outcome)

chariot race (a race between ancient chariots)

burnup (a high-speed motorcycle race on a public road)

boat race (a race between people rowing or driving boats)

bicycle race (a race between people riding bicycles)


Sense 4race [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Synonyms:

backwash; slipstream; airstream; race; wash

Hypernyms ("race" is a kind of...):

flow (any uninterrupted stream or discharge)


Sense 5race [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(biology) a taxonomic group that is a division of a species; usually arises as a consequence of geographical isolation within a species

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

subspecies; race

Hypernyms ("race" is a kind of...):

taxon; taxonomic category; taxonomic group (animal or plant group having natural relations)

Domain category:

biological science; biology (the science that studies living organisms)


Sense 6race [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A canal for a current of water

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

raceway; race

Hypernyms ("race" is a kind of...):

canal (long and narrow strip of water made for boats or for irrigation)


RACE (verb)


Sense 1race [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Step on it

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

speed; rush along; rush; race; pelt along; hotfoot; hie; cannonball along; bucket along; belt along; hasten

Context examples:

He rushed down the hall to receive his guests / The cars raced down the street

Hypernyms (to "race" is one way to...):

go; locomote; move; travel (change location; move, travel, or proceed)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "race"):

barge; push forward; thrust ahead (push one's way)

buck; charge; shoot; shoot down; tear (move quickly and violently)

dart; dash; flash; scoot; scud; shoot (run or move very quickly or hastily)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s

Sentence example:

They race up the hill


Sense 2race [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Compete in a race

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

race; run

Context examples:

he is running the Marathon this year / let's race and see who gets there first

Hypernyms (to "race" is one way to...):

compete; contend; vie (compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "race"):

speed skate (race on skates)

campaign; run (run, stand, or compete for an office or a position)

horse-race (compete in a horse race)

boat-race (participate in a boat race)

place (finish second or better in a horse or dog race)

show (finish third or better in a horse or dog race)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

These cars won't race


Sense 3race [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To work as fast as possible towards a goal, sometimes in competition with others

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context example:

We are racing to find a cure for AIDS

Hypernyms (to "race" is one way to...):

act; move (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE


Sense 4race [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to move fast or to rush or race

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

race; rush

Context example:

The psychologist raced the rats through a long maze

Hypernyms (to "race" is one way to...):

displace; move (cause to move, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

They race the car down the avenue


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