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1A person who or animal which runs along the outside or outer side of something, as an attendant who runs ahead of or beside a carriage, a dog leading a team of sledge dogs, etc. Also figurative: one who goes about gathering or spreading intelligence; a forerunner, an advance party (now chiefly historical).
2A projection or outshoot of a forest, mountain range, or some other physical feature.
A person who or thing which outruns something.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Florio (1553–1625), author and teacher of languages. From out- + runner<br>mid 19th century. From outrun + -er. Compare earlier outrunner.
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