noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Marathon, Greece, site of a victory of Greeks over Persians in 490 B.C., the news of which was carried to Athens by a long-distance runner Date: 1896 1. a long-distance race: a. a footrace run on an open course usually of 26 miles 385 yards (42.2 kilometers) b. a race other than a footrace marked especially by great length 2. a. an endurance contest b. something (as an event, activity, or session) characterized by great length or concentrated effort

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  • marathon — [ maratɔ̃ ] n. m. • 1896; de Marathon, ville grecque d où courut, jusqu à Athènes, le soldat portant la nouvelle de la victoire 1 ♦ Course à pied de grand fond (42 km 195) sur route. Le vainqueur du marathon aux Jeux olympiques. 2 ♦ Fig. Épreuve… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Marathon ∞ — Marathon Infinity Marathon infinity Éditeur Bungie Software Développeur Bungie Software Concepteur   Date de sortie 1996 Genre jeu de tir subjectif Mode de jeu …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Marathon — Marathon, NY U.S. village in New York Population (2000): 1063 Housing Units (2000): 439 Land area (2000): 1.129180 sq. miles (2.924563 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.129180 sq. miles (2.924563 …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • marathon — n. 1. A footrace of 26 miles 385 yards. [WordNet sense 2] [WordNet 1.5] 2. Hence: Any long and arduous undertaking, straining the endurance of the participants. [WordNet sense 1] Syn: endurance contest. [WordNet 1.5] 3. (Capitalized)a battle in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • marathon — (n.) 1896, marathon race, from story of Gk. hero Pheidippides, who in 490 B.C.E. ran the 26 miles and 385 yards to Athens from the Plains of Marathon to tell of the allied Greek victory there over Persian army. The original story (Herodotus) is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Marathon — MARĂTHON, ónis, Gr. Μαραθὼν, ῶνος, des Epopeus Sohn, gieng den Unbilligkeiten seines Vaters aus dem Wege und machte sich mit einer Colonie seiner Leute nach Attica. Da er aber hörete, daß sein Vater gestorben war, so kehrete er wieder in den… …   Gründliches mythologisches Lexikon

  • marathon — the name of the long distance race and, by extension, a word for any lengthy or difficult task or undertaking, is derived from the name of the famous battle fought between Greeks (mainly Athenians and Plataeans) and Persians on the east coast of… …   Modern English usage

  • Marathon — [Wichtig (Rating 3200 5600)] Bsp.: • Sie haben für den Marathon trainiert …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • marathon — ► NOUN 1) a long distance running race, strictly one of 26 miles 385 yards (42.195 km). 2) a long lasting and difficult task. ORIGIN from Marath n in Greece, the scene of a victory over the Persians in 490 BC; the modern race is based on the… …   English terms dictionary

  • marathon — [mar′ə thän΄] n. 1. a footrace of 26 miles, 385 yards, run over an open course, esp. as an event of the Olympic games or as an annual event in some cities: after the legend of the Greek runner who ran from Marathon to Athens to tell of the… …   English World dictionary

  • Marathon — (Marathonios), Reicher in Constantinopel, welcher an der Spitze einer großen Partei die Lehren des Makedonios verfocht; daher Marathonianer, so v.w. Makedonianer …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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