[syn: runner, blue runner, Caranx crysos]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Runner \Run"ner\, n. [From Run.]
1. One who, or that which, runs; a racer.
2. A detective. [Slang, Eng.] --Dickens.
3. A messenger. --Swift.
4. A smuggler. [Colloq.] --R. North.
5. One employed to solicit patronage, as for a steamboat,
hotel, shop, etc. [Cant, U.S.]
6. (Bot.) A slender trailing branch which takes root at the
joints or end and there forms new plants, as in the
strawberry and the common cinquefoil.
7. The rotating stone of a set of millstones.
8. (Naut.) A rope rove through a block and used to increase
the mechanical power of a tackle. --Totten.
9. One of the pieces on which a sled or sleigh slides; also
the part or blade of a skate which slides on the ice.
(a) A horizontal channel in a mold, through which the
metal flows to the cavity formed by the pattern;
also, the waste metal left in such a channel.
(b) A trough or channel for leading molten metal from a
furnace to a ladle, mold, or pig bed.
11. The movable piece to which the ribs of an umbrella are
12. (Zool.) A food fish (Elagatis pinnulatus) of Florida
and the West Indies; -- called also skipjack,
shoemaker, and yellowtail. The name alludes to its
rapid successive leaps from the water.
13. (Zool.) Any cursorial bird.
(a) A movable slab or rubber used in grinding or
polishing a surface of stone.
(b) A tool on which lenses are fastened in a group, for
polishing or grinding.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: someone who imports or exports without paying duties [syn:
smuggler, runner, contrabandist, moon curser,
2: someone who travels on foot by running
3: a person who is employed to deliver messages or documents;
"he sent a runner over with the contract"
4: a baseball player on the team at bat who is on base (or
attempting to reach a base) [syn: base runner, runner]
5: a horizontal branch from the base of plant that produces new
plants from buds at its tips [syn: stolon, runner,
6: a trained athlete who competes in foot races
7: (football) the player who is carrying (and trying to advance)
the ball on an offensive play [syn: ball carrier, runner]
8: a long narrow carpet
9: device consisting of the parts on which something can slide
10: fish of western Atlantic: Cape Cod to Brazil [syn: runner,
blue runner, Caranx crysos]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
111 Moby Thesaurus words for "runner":
Hermes, Iris, Jehu, Mercury, Paul Revere, Pheidippides, Skimobile,
Sno-Cat, agent, appendage, arm, bine, blade, bough, branch,
branchedness, branchiness, burgeon, carrier, commissionaire,
conductor, contrabandist, courier, creeper, deadwood,
diplomatic courier, driver, emissary, engineer, estafette, express,
flagellum, flier, fork, frond, functionary, gate, go-between, goer,
gofer, gunrunner, hand, handler, hell-driver, horse racer, hummer,
hurdler, hustler, imp, ingate, jockey, jogger, joint, leg, limb,
link, lobe, lobule, manipulator, member, message-bearer, messenger,
nuncio, offshoot, operant, operative, operator, organ, page, pilot,
pinion, post, postboy, postrider, racer, ramage, ramification,
rumrunner, sarment, scion, scorcher, shoot, sizzler, sled, sleigh,
slip, smuggler, snowmobile, spear, speed demon, speeder, spray,
sprig, sprit, sprout, sprue, spur, steersman, stem, stepper,
stolon, sucker, switch, tail, tedge, tendril, thallus, turfman,
twig, weasel, wing