Definition of racer in English:



  • 1An animal or means of transport bred or designed for racing.

    ‘tall-masted ocean racers’
    • ‘These traits point to one particular breed, a relatively rare show pigeon as opposed to a roller or racer.’
    • ‘The racer burst into flames upon impact but the fire was quickly extinguished by park staff.’
    • ‘He is familiar with the challenges facing both breeders and racers, as well as the wants and needs of the racing public.’
    • ‘Shortly after he won the Derby and then was beaten in the Belmont Stakes, he was considered more valuable as a breeder than a racer and was retired to stud in Japan.’
    • ‘In its original concept, Supermoto was designed to test a racer's all-round ability on a variety of surfaces.’
    • ‘I raced stock cars as a kid, sports cars as an older kid, and the current, much older kid would be racing unlimited air racers but for a lack of money.’
    • ‘These budget racers are designed to offer the average fan the chance to go racing without breaking the bank account.’
    • ‘He laughed as he turned onto the highway in the neon green street racer.’
    • ‘It is similar to the two wheeled speedway racers, except that these competition vehicles are 20 times the size and go one and a half times quicker.’
    • ‘Life aboard an ocean racer is not a breeze but, despite the hardships she faced, she is not deterred and her experiences live on.’
    • ‘For the race itself, boats will be divided into two classes, with the first class consisting of racers and cruiser / racers, which are generally the larger of the boats.’
    • ‘It is waterproof, light and, because it is durable, can be fitted to mountain bikes or racers.’
    • ‘She grinned at him, and held his hand for a second as sign of gratitude, before running into the last building, where the pure bred racers were kept.’
    • ‘He contributed his drag racing know-how to help design a quarter-mile Cadillac racer.’
    • ‘Over the years he has overseen a change in his yard with National Hunt horses now outnumbering Flat racers having had more of an even split in earlier years.’
    1. 1.1 A person who competes in races.
      ‘a car that every top racer wants to drive’
      ‘he's Britain's No 1 downhill racer’
      • ‘Some 25 racers competed, ranging in age from four to 50.’
      • ‘Once again, a fine contest between two top class racers had delivered an excellent race.’
      • ‘The strategy soon caught on with wanna-be bike racers, marathoners, and triathletes.’
      • ‘On Friday, the top racer from each of the program tracks will compete in the Race of Champions.’
      • ‘The young racers compete year-round in qualifying races in more than 150 cities and communities.’
      • ‘Many of the top racers were also there, notably the Austrian downhillers hunting qualifying points for a place on their over-subscribed team for the following season.’
      • ‘The experience open-wheel racers gain from competing on a variety of courses in a variety of cars is second to none.’
      • ‘Divided into 11 U.S. districts, racers earn points by competing in regional events.’
      • ‘The racers and their boats had been arriving since early morning and had generated a great deal of interest among beachgoers.’
      • ‘The racers agreed to race on the wet surface and the quarter-final heats began.’
      • ‘However, a Cup driver must weigh the risk involved in competing against less experienced racers.’
      • ‘The difference is that racers compete using inline skates instead of skis.’
      • ‘Hey, good racers might draw fans, but racers with distinctive personalities draw TV ratings.’
      • ‘Opponents fiercely whittle down lap times in pursuit of the lead, but sometimes it is the smartest - not the fastest - racers who win the race.’
      • ‘New this year will also be a street stock car race for the local racers.’
      • ‘Europe's top racers will compete in this jaw-dropping demonstration race.’
      • ‘A stop of 15 seconds or more can mire a driver at the back of the field among inexperienced racers and those with ill-handling cars.’
      • ‘The instructors are driving experts and accomplished racers with over 150 race wins and twenty professional championships to their credit.’
      • ‘But junior racers compete over an eighth of a mile and their cars have speeds of up to 50 mph.’
      • ‘That leaves plenty of time for working with triathletes and age group racers during their racing season.’
      sportswoman, sportsman, sportsperson
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    2. 1.2
      ‘a racer bra’
      another term for racerback
  • 2A fast-moving, harmless, and typically slender-bodied snake.

    • ‘One is the Saint Lucia racer, perhaps the rarest snake in the world, and the other is the worm snake, one of the smallest, measuring less than six inches long.’
    • ‘A black snake - a harmless racer - dropped noisily from a low sable palm branch and disappeared into the underbrush.’
    • ‘Red racers, by contrast, cross open areas all the time.’
  • 3A circular horizontal rail along which the carriage or traversing platform of a heavy gun moves.