Definition of run-out in English:



  • 1Cricket
    The dismissal of a batsman by being run out.

    ‘TV assistance for umpires in run-outs and stumpings’
    • ‘Over the years, the TV umpire has been asked to assist in dismissals such as run-outs, stumped, caught and hit-wicket.’
    • ‘Tight fielding is of the essence in Twenty 20 cricket - as much, if not more so than in other forms of the game - and Leicestershire's fielders took some great catches and some good run-outs.’
    • ‘A West Indian spinner then took control and with two other Heworth batsmen falling to run-outs, the innings closed at 154 all out.’
    • ‘He went on to make 27 no but saw three other batsmen all suffer run-out dismissals as Ripon reached 142-8.’
    • ‘Their demise is usually attributed to him and his three direct-hit run-outs - which were fabulous, but shouldn't stop us asking why the Aussies took so many risks between the wickets.’
  • 2informal A short session of play, practice, or participation in sporting competition, especially at the beginning of a season or after a period of absence due to injury.

    ‘a mid-morning run-out, going over all the moves’
    • ‘He says he will be fit for the Leicester game but he has not had any serious match practice apart from a second-half run-out in the friendly at Radcliffe on July 14.’
    • ‘The City substitute, just on for his first run-out in eight games, was clattered by him in the corner of the box as both disputed a high ball.’
    • ‘That was his first run-out of the season after an injury lay-off but his reputation as a big-time player might earn him a place back in the starting line-up.’
    • ‘The former Northern Ireland under-21 international does not feature at Stockport where his only action this season has been two run-outs as a sub.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the Rovers midfielder is due to step up his comeback from injury with a run-out in the reserves' game at Middlesbrough tonight.’
    • ‘I am aware of his comments but one or two of the other youngsters could also be given a run-out.’
    • ‘He is on the road to recovery from glandular fever and could be back before Christmas if a short run-out in the second team goes well this weekend.’
    • ‘I made several changes in the second half to give players the run-out they needed and we lost our shape a bit.’
    • ‘Then he was given the longest of his four run-outs from the bench and once again gave a glimpse of a potential talent.’
    • ‘The manager is using his first match in charge to give all his available senior players a run-out.’
    • ‘It was probably a bit too long a run-out for him in his first match back, a whole two hours of football, but it proved something to him.’
    • ‘The 22-year-old joined the rest of the Irish players belatedly after treatment in London for the injury and he was due for a run-out in a practice game against the Irish Under-21 squad this week.’
    • ‘He may give a run-out to a new trialist from Crosfields.’
    • ‘Both continue their comeback from injury with run-outs for the Second XV against Fylde.’
    • ‘Last night's reserve game against league leaders Walsall was a major landmark for Peter, who came through unscathed in his first competitive run-out since snapping his ankle in July.’
    • ‘He scored twice against his former club and another bonus for Queensbury was the return of Steve, who enjoyed a 20-minute run-out following a long-term injury.’
    • ‘The New Zealand full back starts after missing both pre-season run-outs with a knock to a knee picked up while playing on the Euorpean sevens circuit during the summer.’
    • ‘The Cougars have their first run-out on Sunday in a pre-season friendly at home to Rochdale Hornets.’
    • ‘He says he has unfinished business this year and he certainly looked hungry for goals on his first run-out.’
    • ‘I think most of the squad will get a run-out in the next two weeks, with a few people being rested with niggling injuries.’
  • 3A slight error in a rotating tool, machine component, etc. such as being off-centre or not exactly round.

    mass noun ‘slight run-out in your drill can make the holes oversized’
    ‘run-outs are bound to occur’
    • ‘Depending on the design and length it is recommended to use a steady rest to reduce the run-out.’
    • ‘One insert had 20 μm axial and 1.5 μm radial measured run-outs relative to the reference insert, which are included in the simulation model.’
    • ‘And, because the discs float on the hub, lateral run-out isn't a problem.’
  • 4A length of time or stretch of ground over which something gradually ceases or is brought to an end or a halt.

    ‘the commission recommended abolition after a run-out of ten years’
    • ‘Let's go back to our practice hill, the one that is wide, not very steep and has a nice run-out at the bottom.’
    • ‘Blackfish, or Luderick, which are predicted to be found in numbers on run-out tides once the river water is clear.’
    • ‘Blackfish still seem to be slow but no doubt they will be running as soon as the water is clearer on the run-out tide.’