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Definition of the noun runabout

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noun - plural: runabouts

  1. an open automobile having a front seat and a rumble seat

Alternative definition of the noun runabout


  1. Any of several small vehicles, especially a small motor car for use on short journeys
  2. [dated] A motor car having a single row of seats


Runabout is the name of two fictional characters from the Transformers series. Due to trademark issues, the most recent toy incarnation of the character is named Over-Run.


"Runabout" is a musical single of Little Dragon.

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  1. Runabout: Runabouts are a class of small, multi-purpose starships in the Star Trek science-fiction franchise, primarily the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
  2. Runabout: A runabout is a car body style that was popular in North America until about 1915. It was a light, basic style with no windshield, top, or doors and a single row of seats. Runabouts eventually became indistinguishable from roadsters and the term fell out of use in the United States.
  3. Runabout: A runabout is any small motorboat holding between four and eight people, well suited to moving about on the water. Runabouts can be used for racing, for pleasure activities like fishing and water skiing, or as a ship's tender for larger vessels. Some common runabout boats are bow rider, center console, cuddy boat and walkaround.
  4. Runabout is a series of destruction-themed driving games developed by Climax Entertainment. Games in this series have been released on PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Dreamcast and Nintendo 3DS. Runabout's main missions consist of the player driving from point A to point B in order to pick up or deliver an item. The first game had more than one map to choose from, whereas the later ones utilized one city map modeled after an actual location—San Francisco in Super Runabout and New York in Runabout 3 Neo Age. Players start off with just a few vehicles. When players complete a mission, destroy as much as they can, or drive without damaging anything, they are rewarded with a new vehicle. In the newer games, players are also rewarded with paint jobs and special abilities for each individual vehicle.
  5. Runabout: A horse-drawn runabout is a four-wheeled vehicle for informal, utilitarian travel or "running about" and getting things done. Sometimes called a "driving wagon", it is essentially very light in order to be easily hitched by one person, and easily pulled over long distances by a single horse. A typical example was the light buggy used in the 1890s for daily duties by senior staff of the San Francisco Fire Department. Runabouts could be either fancy or plain, but not encumbered with fenders, heavy tops or optional accessories that added weight.

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Google previewGas Engine (1901)

The runabout is a neat, practicable design, combining, as it does, flexibility, light weight and cheapness, and at the same time oifers every advantage and comfort of the more heavier and expensive machine. These carriages are fitted with a ...

Google previewMotor Boat (1921)

LAWRENCE RIVER RUNABOUT ROUND the Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence the runabout is the favored boat. It is quick, convenient and has ample passenger capacity for the uses to which a boat in these waters is put. Short runs are ...

Google previewIllustrated Encyclopedia of Extraordinary Automobiles (2009)

by Giles Chapman

COPPER ELECTRIC RUNABOUT The pull-out battery pack was inserted along the center of the car's underside. “It was a weird sensation to drive it the first. W. ith every dramatic surge in oil prices comes renewed interest in ...

Google previewThe American Home Encyclopedia of Useful Knowledge (1908)

by Marshall Everett

RUNABOUT. The inexpensive, though practical, low-priced motor vehicle, not capable of dangerously high speeds nor embellished with all kinds of accoutrements, costing the buyer about $250, is bound to come. It will be so simple the owner ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Men's Wear ... with an Appendix Containing Sundry Useful Tables (1908)

The Uniforms of "ancient and Honorable" Independent Military Companies of the U. S.; Charts of Correct Dress, Livery, and So Forth by William Henry Baker

Vehicle Men City Country Park drag Phaeton Road coach Rockaway Runabout Skeleton break Spider phaeton Stanhope Station wagon Surrey T cart Tandem cart Tilbury Top wagon Unicorn break Victoria Vis-a-vis Wagonette Whitechapel ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary: The Century dictionary (1911)

runabout, n. 3. A small, light-weight, open motor-car, or one fitted with a buggy-top, designed to carry two persons, and intended to operate in towns or cities or within short distances; also a small motor-boat. Of course, you do not need a ...

Google previewThe Winston Simplified Dictionary (1919)

Including All the Words in Common Use Defined So that They Can be Easily Understood by William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer

runabout. 542. rye. maple sap; a course or succession; as, a run of ill luck; free use or enjoyment of; as, to have the run of a friend's house; sudden, continuous, pressing demand; as, a run on a bank; the kind usually met with; as, the ordinary ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: New volumes (1909)

runabout, n. 3. A small, light-weight, open motor-car, or one fitted with a buggy-top, designed to carry two persons, and intended to operate in towns or cities or within short distances; also a small motor-boat. Of course, you do not need a ...

Google previewDyke's Automobile Encyclopedia (1911)

by Andrew Lee Dyke

"RUNABOUT" TYPE. Boilers of the Light or " Runabout" Type of steam cars are constructed of copper throughout, and tested up to ...

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Small photo of KRAKOW, POLAND - SEPTEMBER 14, 2016: Architecture of Nowa Huta central runabout.Small photo of Chrome cleat mounted on foredeck of vintage mahogany runabout boat.Small photo of LELYSTAD, THE NETHERLANDS - JUNE 19, 2016: 1910 Hupmobile 20 Runabout on display during the annual National Oldtimer day. Non-ticketed public event held in the streets of the citySmall photo of Adelaide, Australia - September 25, 2016: Vintage 1912 Ford T Runabout driving on country roads near the town of Birdwood, South Australia.Small photo of Barrel Back Mahogany Runabout and EnsignSmall photo of Pattaya, Thailand - December 9, 2017: Aero Sutan Aswar from Indonesia competing in the Pro-Am Runabout Stock Class of the International Jet Ski World Cup at Jomtien Beach, Pattaya, Thailand.Small photo of Kyiv / Ukraine - September 9 2017: 1909 Morgan Runabout (replica). More...

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The value of this 8-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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