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Race appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • Wow, race winners really want red wine right away!
  • 11 was a racehorse,
    22 was 12,
    1111 race,
    (Wunwun was a racehorse, Tutu was one too. Wunwun won one race, Tutu won one too.)
  • One-one was a race horse.
    Two-two was one too.
    One-one won one race.
    Two-two won one too.

Race appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Race fast, safe car.
  • Won race, so loth to lose car now.
  • I’m a Slav in race carnivals, am I?
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun race:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb race:


The word race is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun race

What does race mean as a name of something?

Race is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: races

  1. any competition
    • example: the race for the presidency
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • more generic words: competition / contest = an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants
    • more specific terms:
  2. a contest of speed
    • example: the race is to the swift
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • more generic words: competition / contest = an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants
    • more specific terms:
      • automobile race / auto race / car race = a race between (usually high-performance) automobiles
      • bicycle race / bike race = a race between people riding bicycles
      • boat race = a race between people rowing or driving boats
      • burnup = a high-speed motorcycle race on a public road
      • chariot race = a race between ancient chariots
      • dog racing = a race between dogs
      • foot race / footrace / run = a race run on foot
      • freestyle = a race (as in swimming) in which each contestant has a free choice of the style to use
      • cross country = a long race run over open country
      • heat = a preliminary race in which the winner advances to a more important race
      • horse race = a contest of speed between horses
      • potato race = a novelty race in which competitors move potatoes from one place to another one at a time
      • sack race = a novelty race in which competitors jump ahead with their feet confined in a sack
      • scratch race = a race in which all contestants start from scratch
      • skiing race / ski race = a race between people wearing skis
      • relay race / relay = a race between teams
      • repechage = a race (especially in rowing) in which runners-up in the eliminating heats compete for a place in the final race
  3. people who are believed to belong to the same genetic stock
    • example: some biologists doubt that there are important genetic differences between races of human beings
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic words: group / grouping = any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
    • more specific terms: master race / Herrenvolk = a race that considers itself superior to all others and fitted to rule the others
  4. (biology) a taxonomic group that is a division of a species; usually arises as a consequence of geographical isolation within a species
  5. the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller
  6. a canal for a current of water
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of race: raceway
    • more generic word: canal = long and narrow strip of water made for boats or for irrigation

Alternative definition of the noun race


  1. A large group of people distinguished from others on the basis of a common heritage.
  2. A large group of people distinguished from others on the basis of common, genetically linked, physical characteristics, such as skin color or hair type.
  3. [context: controversial usage] One of the categories from the many subcategorizations of the human species. See Wikipedia's article on historical definitions of race.
  4. [biology] A population geographically separated from others of its species that develops significantly different characteristics; informal for subspecies.
  5. A breed or strain of domesticated animal.
  6. [figuratively] A category or species of something that has emerged or evolved from an older one (with an implied parallel to animal breeding or evolutionary science).
  7. A contest between people, animals, vehicles, etc. where the goal is to be the first to reach some objective. Several horses run in a horse race, and the first one to reach the finishing post wins; in an arms race several countries each try to acquire more powerful weapons than any other.
  8. A progressive movement toward a goal.
  9. A fast moving current of water.
  10. Travels, runs, or journeys.
  11. The bushings of a rolling element bearing which contacts the rolling elements.
  12. A rhizome or root, especially of ginger.

Specialised definition of the noun race

Glossary of sports

a contest to decide who is the fastest (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

when your heart races, it beats much faster than usual, e.g. because of nervousness or excitement (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb race

What does race mean as a doing word?

Race is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: raced | racing | races

  1. move hurridly
  2. compete in a race
    • examples: let's race and see who gets there first | These cars won't race
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • synonym of race: run
    • more generic words: compete / contend / vie = compete for something; engage in a contest
    • more specific terms:
      • show = finish third or better in a horse or dog race
      • place = finish second or better in a horse or dog race
      • boat-race = participate in a boat race
      • horse-race = compete in a horse race
      • campaign / run = run, stand, or compete for an office or a position
      • speed skate = race on skates
  3. to work as fast as possible towards a goal, sometimes in competition with others
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic words: act / move = perform an action, or work out or perform
  4. cause to move fast or to rush or race
    • examples: The psychologist raced the rats through a long maze | They race the car down the avenue
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of race: rush
    • more generic words: displace / move = cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

Alternative definition of the verb race


  1. [intransitive] To take part in a race (in the sense of a contest).
  2. [intransitive] To move or drive at high speed.
  3. [intransitive] Of a motor, to run rapidly when not engaged to a transmission.

Specialised definition of the verb race

Glossary of sports

to compete with someone in a contest of speed (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


  1. Race a.k.a. Rače is a settlement in and the administrative centre of the Municipality of Rače–Fram in northeastern Slovenia. It lies under the eastern Pohorje Hills on the edge of the plain on the right bank of the Drava River south of Maribor. The area is part of the traditional region of Styria. The municipality is now included in the Drava Statistical Region.
  2. Race is a light rail station operated by Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. The station consists of a single platform with a single trackway. Trains from both directions arrive on the same track. Race is served by the Mountain View–Winchester light rail line.

There are other places with in their name, like Race Point Light, Gosford Race Club, Race Course Cemetery, Saratoga Race Course, Sam Houston Race Park, Penn National Race Course and Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.


Who is Race?

Race was a member of the musical group Liquid Soul.

  • profession: Musician
  • member of musical group Liquid Soul (Vocals)


Race is a musical group.

  • album: "Race"


Race is a fictional character from Blind Spot.


  1. "Race" is a musical album of Pseudo Echo.
    • released in (28 years ago)
  2. "Race" is the soundtrack album of the 2008 film.
  3. "Race" is a musical single of Tiger.
    • released in (20 years ago)
  4. "Race" is a musical album of Kerosene 454.
    • released in (18 years ago)
  5. "Race" is a musical album of Race.
  6. "Race" is a musical album of Various Production.


  1. "Race" is a book by Paul C. Taylor.
    • also known as "Race: a philosophical introduction"
  2. "Race" is a play by Ferdinand Bruckner.
  3. "Race" is a book by Ivan Hannaford.
    • also known as "Race: the history of an idea in the West"
  4. "Race" is a book by Brian Niro.
  5. "Race" is a book by Ryland Fisher.

There are many other writings with this title.


  1. "Race" is a 2011 Malayalam thriller film directed by Kukku Surendran and starring Kunchacko Boban, Mamta Mohandas, Indrajith, Baby Anikha, and Gowri Munjal. An adaptation of the Hollywood film Trapped, which itself was based on Greg Iles's novel 24 Hours, the film also borrows premises from the Canadian film Butterfly on a Wheel. The film opened in Kerala theatres on 11 February 2011 to negative reviews. The film was dubbed into Telugu as Game by Narne Media Solutions Limited in 2013.
  2. "Race" is a film, directed by Stephen Hopkins.
  3. "Race" is an independent computer animated sci-fi action film, produced by Hyper Image, a post production and animation studio located in Glendale, California. Written by Rhonda Smiley and directed by Robert Brousseau, it stars James Hereth, Kevin Lewis, Russel Perryman, Jane Roberts, Terry Diab, Bill Mendieta, H.L. Cannon, J.J. Song, and Benita Marti.
  4. "Race" is a 2013 Tollywood romance film directed by Ramesh Raparthi and produced by Anne Ravi, released on 1 March 2013.
  5. "Race" a.k.a. "Twentidentity" is a film directed by Hwang Gyu-Deok, Kim Tae-gyun, Heo Jin-ho, Lee Young-jae, Jang Hyeon-su, Park Gi Yong, Kim Tae-Yong, Kim Jeong, Jeong Byeong Gak, Su-yeon Lee, Yoo Yeong Sik, Bong Joon-ho, Cho Min Ho, Kwon Chil-in, Lee Hyun-seung, Park, Gyeong Hee, Lee Yong Bae, Kim Ui-seok, Oh Byeong Cheol, Min Kyu-dong.


"Race" is a video game.

  • genre: Racing video game
  • publishers: Code Works, The


  1. Race: The rolling-elements of a rolling-element bearing ride on races. The large race that goes into a bore is called the outer race, and the small race that the shaft rides in is called the inner race.
  2. RACE: Railways of Australia Container Express or RACE was a slightly wider version of the standard ISO shipping container able to take 2 Australia Standard Pallets side by side.
  3. racE is a gene.
  4. RACE a.k.a. Rapid amplification of cDNA ends is a technique used in molecular biology to obtain the full length sequence of an RNA transcript found within a cell. RACE results in the production of a cDNA copy of the RNA sequence of interest, produced through reverse transcription, followed by PCR amplification of the cDNA copies. The amplified cDNA copies are then sequenced and, if long enough, should map to a unique genomic region. RACE can provide the sequence of an RNA transcript from a small known sequence within the transcript to the 5' end or 3' end of the RNA. This technique is sometimes called one-sided PCR or anchored PCR.
  5. Race is a theater production of the play David Mamet.
    • award: - Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play nomination for David Alan Grier
  6. Race is a 2001 theater production of the play by Ferdinand Bruckner.
    • award: - Obie Award for Set Design, received by Neil Patel
  7. Race is a cataloged instance, musical recording, canonical version.
  8. Race is a family name.
  9. Race a.k.a. alpha-methylacyl-CoA racemase is a gene.

Phrases with Race

Phrases starting with the word Race:

  1. RACE-
  2. race car
  3. Race card
  4. race riot
  5. Race Walk
  6. Race-Bait
  7. Race-Walk

Phrases ending with the word Race:

  1. to race
  2. car race
  3. Nom Race
  4. rat race
  5. ski race
  6. arms race
  7. auto race
  8. bike race
  9. boat race
  10. boat-race
  11. Drag Race
  12. foot race
  13. Mill race

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Race

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Google previewRacial Formation in the United States (2014)

by Michael Omi, Howard Winant

Race is a factor not only in politics and history, but also in economy, culture, experience ...; it is a fully-fledged socialfact like class or gender. Like those other large markers race is an unstable set of collective representations as well.2 We focus ...

Google previewUncommon Friendships (2010)

An Amicable History of Modern Religious Thought by William Young

The Human Race is the story of antelme's confinement in the gandersheim concentration camp and the prisoners' long, horrific...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Etymology (1865)

Q - Z ; 1 by Hensleigh Wedgwood

A race is then a rapid course, whether of horses or of waters, or, with the signification softened down, simply course, the current of events. Bot gif yee weigh the mater weill and consider the 'race of the history. — Bruce in Jam. ON. rds, a rapid ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2013)

Volume 24: Race by Thomas C. Holt, Laurie Beth Green, Charles Reagan Wilson

Volume 24: Race Thomas C. Holt, Laurie Beth Green, Charles Reagan Wilson. interviewed local whites, consulted anthropologists, and made fact-finding tours. Since the colonial period, there had been so much intermarriage among many ...

Google previewAfro-American Encyclopaedia, Or, The Thoughts, Doings, and Sayings of the Race (1895)

Embracing Addresses, Lectures, Biographical Sketches, Sermons, Poems, Names of Universities, Colleges, Seminaries, Newspapers, Books, and a History of the Denominations, Giving the Numerical Strength of Each. In Fact, it Teaches Every Subject of Interest to the Colored People, as Discussed by More Than One Hundred of Their Wisest and Best Men and Women. Illustrated with Beautiful Half-tone Engravings by James T. Haley


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Quotes about Race

In the final analysis this congressional race is always going to be a close race, whether there's a presidential race or governor's race or not. But is this a better year? Yes, this would probably be a better year. (Baron Hill)
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Scrabble value of R1A1C3E1

The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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