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racing n : the sport of engaging in contests of speed

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Noun

  1. The sport of competing in races.

Verb

racing
  1. present participle of race

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A race is a competition of speed, against an objective criteria, usually a clock. The competitors in a race try to complete a given task in the shortest amount of time. Typically this involves traversing some distance, but it can be any other task involving speed.
Running a distance is the most basic form of racing, but races are often conducted in vehicles, such as boats, cars and aircraft, or with animals such as horses.
A race may be run continuously from start to finish or may be made of several segments called heats or stages (stages are also known as legs). A heat is usually run over the same course at different times. A stage is a shorter section of a much longer course or a time trial.
Early records of races are evident on pottery from ancient Greece, which depicted running men vying for first place. A chariot race is described in Homer's Iliad.

Aircraft racing

Motorized racing (motorsport)

Machines powered by motors, on land:

Other types

Some races involve multiple modes of transport:

Etymology

The word race comes from a Viking word. This Viking word arrived in France during the invading of Normandy and gave the word raz which means "swift water" in Brittany, as in a mill race; it can be found in "Pointe du Raz" (the most western point of France, in Brittany), and "raz-de-marée" (tsunami).
A race and its name are often associated with the place of origin, the means of transport and the distance of the race. As a couple of examples, see the Dakar Rally or the Athens marathon.

External links

  • Grandprix-Live.com - Covers all the major Grand Prix motorsport championships, including Formula One, MotoGP, Nascar, IRL, WSBK, WRC Rally and many more.
racing in Breton: Redadeg
racing in Spanish: Carrera (competición)
racing in Manx: Ratçhal
racing in Hebrew: מירוץ
racing in Japanese: 競走
racing in Norwegian: Veddeløp
racing in Portuguese: Corrida
racing in Slovenian: Dirka
racing in Swedish: Racing
racing in Yiddish: געיעג

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