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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RACES

At least nine out of ten races are honestly run—the best horse wins.

"I was at Gravesend, sir—at the races," answered Mortimer, defiantly.

I mention them all to show how curious was the admixture of races in our Valley.

These have their shirks, their do-nothings, their men of small account, just as do other races.

They learned of the origin of the races that inhabited Europa and Ganymede.

About fifty thousand persons used to gather there to watch the races.

Hundreds of them there were, men of all races and planets, a motley crew.

These races often prohibit marriage with individuals of another race.

Such is the difference between the Latin and the Saxon races.

The Anglo-Saxon civilizes the other races or devotes them to extinction.

WORD ORIGIN

"act of running," c.1300, from Old Norse ras "running, rush (of water)," cognate with Old English ræs "a running, a rush, a leap, jump; a storming, an attack;" or else a survival of the Old English word with spelling influenced by the Old Norse one. The Norse and Old English words are from Proto-Germanic *res- (cf. Middle Dutch rasen "to rave, rage," German rasen, Old English raesettan "to rage" (of fire)), from a variant form of PIE *ers- "be in motion" (see err). Originally a northern word, it became general in English c.1550. Meaning "act of running" is from early 14c. Meaning "contest of speed" first recorded 1510s.

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