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Etymology edit

out- +‎ run

Pronunciation edit

  • Rhymes: -ʌn
  • IPA(key): /ˈaʊtɹʌn/
  • (file)

Verb edit

outrun (third-person singular simple present outruns, present participle outrunning, simple past outran, past participle outrun)

  1. (transitive) To run faster than.
    Can a tiger outrun a lion?
    I don't need to outrun the bear; I just need to outrun you.
    • 1981 August 18, National Transportation Safety Board, “Role of Dispatcher”, in Railroad Accident Report: Rear-End Collision of Union Pacific Railroad Company Freight Trains Extra 3119 West and Extra 8044 West, Near Kelso, California, November 17, 1980[1], archived from the original on 29 March 2022, pages 30–31:
      Once it became obvious that Extra 3119 West was out of control, the VAN engineer took matters into his own hands. Hearing the engineer of Extra 3119 West repeatedly report his speed as being 80 mph, the VAN engineer believed the other train had reached maximum speed and that he could outrun it. Had he been instructed to do this earlier by the dispatcher, he might have succeeded in staying ahead of the runaway.
  2. (transitive) To exceed or overextend.

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outrun (plural outruns)

  1. (skiing) In ski jumping, the flat or uphill area past the landing point, where the skier can slow down.
    Coordinate term: inrun
  2. (sheepdog trials) The sheepdog's initial run towards the sheep, done in a curving motion so as not to startle them.

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