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This page has 4 definitions of outrun in English. Outrun is a verb and noun. Examples of how to use outrun in a sentence are shown. Also define these 8 related words and terms: run, exceed, skiing, ski jumping, inrun, sheepdog, sheep, and startle.



out- +‎ run



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?
    • Run definition
      To move swiftly.
      1. To move forward quickly upon two feet by alternately making a short jump off either foot. (1 of 59 run definitions)
  2. (transitive) To exceed or overextend.
    • 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Modern Library Edition (1995), page 164
      They will take care not to outrun their income. They will never be distressed for money.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 28
      [] as I levelled my glance towards the taffrail, foreboding shivers ran over me. Reality outran apprehension; Captain Ahab stood upon his quarter-deck.



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
    • Ski Jumping definition
      A winter sport in which skiers ski down a take-off ramp and attempt to jump as far as possible.
  2. (sheepdog trials) The sheepdog's initial run towards the sheep, done in a curving motion so as not to startle them.