race

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. onrush, advance; competition; sprint, dash; stream; channel, millrace, tide, river; career; family, clan, tribe; people, ethnic group. —v. rush, career; hasten; compete; speed. See velocity, ancestry, contention, humanity, opposition.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [A physical division of humankind]
Syn. species, stock, variety, type, kind, strain, breed, family, color; see also man 1 .
The general divisions of the human race are: Caucasoid, CaucAsian, white, Negroid, black, Mongoloid, yellow.
2. [Roughly, people united by blood or custom]
Syn. nationality, culture, cultural group, ethnic group, caste, variety, type, a people, humankind, mankind, tribe, sect, group, ethnic stock, human race, class, population connected by common descent, kind, nation, folk, gene pool, pedigree, lineage, community, inhabitants, population, populace, clan, breeding population; see also culture 2 , heredity , society 2 .
3. [A contest, usually of speed]
Syn. competition, run, dash, sprint, relay, marathon, clash, meet, event, engagement, competitive trial of speed, scurry, spurt, clip, pursuit, rush, footrace, horse race, dog race, automobile race, road race, road rally, drag race, motocross, steeplechase, handicap, round pace, chase, match, heat, lap, concours (French), derby, regatta, sweepstakes, turf, track, speedfest*; see also sport 3 .
Famous races include --- automobile: Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500, World Grand Prix, New Zealand Grand Prix, Australian Grand Prix, Sebring 12-Hour Endurance Race, Pan Formula Two Grand Prix, Targa Florio Road Race, Grand Prix of Monaco, Monte Carlo Rally, Nürburgring Sports Car Race, Grand Prix of Belgium, Le Mans 24-Hour Race, Grand Prix of France, European Grand Prix, Dutch Grand Prix, Grand Prix of Italy, British Grand Prix, German Grand Prix, United States Road Racing Championship; horse: Kentucky Derby, Grand National, Derby, Belmont Stakes, Aqueduct Stakes, Preakness Stakes, Breeders' Cup, Hambletonian (harness), Man O'War Stakes, San Juan Capistrano Handicap, American Derby, Arlington Classic; yacht: America's Cup, Admiral's Cup, Bacardi Cup Sailing Championship, St. Petersburg-Fort Lauderdale Race, Lipton Cup Race, Newport-Bermuda Yacht Race, One Ton Cup; bicycle: Tour de France, World Road Race Championship, Tour d'Italie, New YOrk Six-Day, Tour of Marin, Montreal Six-Day, U.S. National Championships, Tour de St. Laurent, Tour de Mexico; marathons: Boston Marathon, New YOrk City Marathon, London Marathon. Famous racetracks include: horse: Epsom Downs, Churchill Downs, Belmont Park, Pimlico Track, Hialeah Park, Aintree, Saratoga, Leopardstown, Longchamp Racecourse, Gavea, Ascot, Siena; automobile: Sebring, Monza, Le Mans, Indianapolis, Bonneville, Brands Hatch, Silverstone. v.
1. [To move at Great speed]
Syn. speed, hurry, run, pursue, chase, tear, tear around, bustle, spurt, press on, dash, run swiftly, hasten, trip, fly, flit, hustle, hie, scud, scorch, rush, sprint, swoop, scuttle, scurry, dart, scamper, hurtle, plunge ahead, whiz, zoom, bolt, scramble, whisk, shoot, post, skim, bowl along, ride hard, hotfoot it*, high-tail it*, make tracks*, barrel*, run like mad*, crowd sail*, wing one's way*, outstrip the wind*, burn up the road*, gun the motor*, step on it*, get the lead out*, skedaddle*, scoot*.
2. [To compete]
Syn. run a race, compete in a race, contend, follow a course, engage in a contest of speed, enter a competition, run, sprint, race-walk, gallop.
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. people ethnic group, nationality, line, tribe, breed, stock, clan, folk, strain.
2. sprint dash, run, marathon, footrace, heat, relay, contest, meet, steeplechase, derby.
WORD FIND
auto racing
aerodynamic wing or wedge that improves car handling: spoiler
broadside crash into competitor’s car or wall: T-bone
bumper-to-bumper pressure tactic: dogging
coveted front inside position at start: pole position
curve or tight turn: ess-turn, hairpin turn, chicane
custom-built, nonstock race car: formula car, Indy car
drag race, beat competitor in: shut down
drag racing car: dragster, rail, funny car
driving directly behind lead car to create fuel-conserving vacuum: drafting, slipstreaming
flag alerting hazardous car to leave the track: black flag
flag, end of race: checkered flag
flag, final lap: white flag
flag, go: green flag
flag, hazard: yellow flag
flag, stop: red flag
flag warning of competitor on one’s tail: blue flag
formula car race: Grand Prix
long-distance competition: rally
low edge of track: apron
NASCAR: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing
noncompeting pacesetter at start of race: pace car
parachute, release at end of drag race: *hang out the laundry
passing method creating vacuum on lead car: slingshot
pass one track-length ahead of competitor: lap
pit crew’s head mechanic: crew chief
production car: stock car
racing tires: *shoes, *slicks
running start: flying start
service area: pit
service mechanics: pit crew
steel support network protecting inside of car: roll cage
steel support tube protecting inside of car: roll bar
straightaway in front of grandstand: chute
straightaway race: drag race
thoroughbred horseracing
barrier: starting gate, post
betting away from the track: offtrack betting
betting system: pari-mutuals
bugle call: Boots and Saddles
castrated male horse: gelding
close finish: photo finish, blanket finish
costumes, riders’: colors, silks
crouching riding posture: monkey crouch
drug horse illegally: hop
escorts horses to post: outrider
exercise or practice run: airing
favored to win: chalk horse
first two finishers, bet on: quinella
hold back horse to keep it from winning: stiff
horse that does well on muddy track: mudder
info sheet: dope sheet
insider with ‘‘inside’’ information on horse: tout
length: eight to nine feet
mile, one-eighth of a: furlong
money, horse that fails to finish in the: alsoran
money-losing horse: hayburner
observation ring: walking ring
odds board: tote board
officials: clerk of the scales, stewards
pasture or saddling enclosure: paddock
peripheral visions blockers, horse’s: blinkers
rider: jockey
saddle and other horse equipment, collective term: tack
short race: sprint
stable assistant: groom
straightaway, farside: backstretch
straightaway in front of grandstand: homestretch
surrounded position: pocket
three-year-old horse: sophomore
three-year-olds, race for: derby
track condition, broken into clods and hoofprints: cuppy
track condition, freshly harrowed: deep
track condition, hard and fast: pasteboard track
two-year-old horse: juvenile
underrated horse: sleeper, dark horse
weight, adding to equalize competition: handicap
weight assigned to horse in handicap race: impost
weighing of jockeys with tack: weigh-in, weigh-out
whip: gad, leather
winners of two races, correctly picking: daily double
winning Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes: Triple Crown
winning of three races by same jockey on one program: hat trick
win one’s first race: break maiden, graduate
win without prodding or whipping the horse: armchair ride
withdrawal of entrant: scratch
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun A vying with others for victory or supremacy: battle, competition, contest, cornvalry, rivalry, strife, striving, struggle, tug of war, war, warfare. See CONFLICT. II verb To move swiftly: bolt, bucket, bustle, dart, dash, festinate, flash, fleet, flit, fly, haste, hasten, hurry, hustle, pelt2, rocket, run, rush, sail, scoot, scour2, shoot, speed, sprint, tear1, trot, whirl, whisk, whiz, wing, zip, zoom. Informal: hotfoot, rip. Slang: barrel, highball. Chiefly British: nip1. Idioms: get a move on, get cracking, go like lightning, go like the wind, hotfoot it, make haste, make time, make tracks, run like the wind, shake a leg, step (or jump) on it. See MOVE.

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