noun Date: 14th century 1. a. one that runs ; racer b. base runner c. ballcarrier 2. a. messenger b. one that smuggles or distributes illicit or contraband goods (as drugs, liquor, or guns) 3. any of several large vigorous carangid fishes 4. a. either of the longitudinal pieces on which a sled or sleigh slides b. the part of a skate that slides on the ice ; blade c. the support of a drawer or a sliding door 5. a. an elongated horizontal root arising from the base of a plant; especially stolon 1a b. a plant (as a strawberry) that forms or spreads by means of runners c. a twining vine (as a scarlet runner bean) 6. a. a long narrow carpet for a hall or staircase b. a narrow decorative cloth cover for a table or dresser top 7. an adjustable backstay running from mast to rail on a sail boat or ship 8. a running shot in basketball

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