noun Date: 1873 1. a final race, contest, or election to decide an earlier one that has not resulted in a decision in favor of any one competitor 2. the portion of precipitation on land that ultimately reaches streams often with dissolved or suspended material

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  • runoff — (n.) also run off, precipitation water drained by streams and rivers, 1887, from RUN (Cf. run) (v.) + OFF (Cf. off). Meaning deciding race after a tie is from 1873; electoral sense is attested by 1910, Amer.Eng …   Etymology dictionary

  • runoff — [run′ôf΄] n. ☆ 1. something that runs off, as rain in excess of the amount absorbed by the ground 2. a deciding, final race, election, etc. as in case of a tie …   English World dictionary

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  • runoff — /run awf , of /, n. 1. something that drains or flows off, as rain that flows off from the land in streams. 2. a final contest held to determine a victor after earlier contests have eliminated the weaker contestants. 3. a deciding final contest… …   Universalium

  • runoff — noun a) That portion of precipitation or irrigation on an area which does not infiltrate or evaporate, but instead is discharged from the area.<! That which is lost without entering the soil is called surface runoff. That which enters the soil …   Wiktionary

  • runoff — UK [ˈrʌnɒf] / US [ˈrʌnɔf] noun Word forms runoff : singular runoff plural runoffs 1) [uncountable] science a flow of water or chemicals from one place to another, especially when this damages the environment 2) [countable] a second election or… …   English dictionary

  • runoff — Synonyms and related words: bout, by election, caucus, closed primary, congressional election, contest, contested election, decathlon, defluxion, direct primary, discharge, double header, doubles, drain, drainage, effluence, efflux, effluxion,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • runoff — precipitation that flows across the ground and enters streams, rivers and lakes; may carry pollutants. Also used for the total discharge of a stream, both surface and subsurface, over a given time period. Defined as the depth to which a drainage… …   Dictionary of ichthyology

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