AskDefine | Define runaway

Dictionary Definition

runaway adj : completely out of control; "runaway inflation"

Noun

1 an easy victory [syn: blowout, romp, laugher, shoo-in, walkaway]
2 someone who flees from an uncongenial situation; "fugitives from the sweatshops" [syn: fugitive]

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Noun

  1. An object or process that is out of control.
    Casey Jones's train became a runaway.
  2. A child (minor) who has run away from home.
    Runaways are vulnerable to criminal exploitation.

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Extensive Definition

Runaway may refer to:
  • Runaway youth, a youth who has left his or her home
  • Feedback runaway, a system under positive feedback which becomes uncontrollable
  • Thermal runaway, when an increase in temperature leads to changes that cause further increase of temperature

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runaway in French: Runaways
runaway in Finnish: Runaway
runaway in Swedish: Runaway

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