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 (rŭn′ôf′, -ŏf′)
a. Water, such as rainfall, and any sediments or other substances carried with it, that is not absorbed by the soil but instead flows away over the ground.
b. The overflow of fluid from a container.
2. An extra election or competition held to decide a winner following an earlier, inconclusive election or competition.


(ˈrʌnˌɔf, -ˌɒf)

1. something that drains or flows off, as rain water.
2. a final contest held to break a tie or eliminate semifinalists.


A second election held after a first election has failed to produce a clear result.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.runoff - the occurrence of surplus liquid (as water) exceeding the limit or capacityrunoff - the occurrence of surplus liquid (as water) exceeding the limit or capacity
flow, flowing - the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)
2.runoff - a final election to resolve an earlier election that did not produce a winner
election - a vote to select the winner of a position or political office; "the results of the election will be announced tonight"
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Probably one of the most frequently heard things concerning runoffs is, "I am glad that I am not in that end of the insurance business.
There were 47 circuit court races on the ballot, and 24 of them wound up as runoffs for the November ballot.
IRV simulates a series of runoffs within a single election.
Which means in some districts, runoffs could pit two Democrats against each other, while two Republicans could face off in others.
While the statistics presented in Table 3 indicate the high variability between individual predicted and measured event runoffs (R.
They investigate four effects: (1) the initial leader is presumed to lose in the runoff, perhaps because of sympathy for the underdog; (2) incumbents who are forced into a runoff are likely to be weak, and incumbents in runoffs tend to lose; (3) women are presumed to be losers in the runoff system, because they cannot create majorities; and (4) blacks tend to be losers in runoffs, because they cannot overcome white reluctance to vote for blacks and cannot create a majority.
LEXINGTON, Ohio -- With approximately one out of every 14 entrants at the 2005 Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) National Championship Runoffs Presented by Kohler racing a Nissan (Nasdaq:NSANY) or Datsun vehicle, it wasn't so much a question of if Nissan would add to its record number of manufacturer championships again this year.
Here's a look at all those races, five of which are headed to runoffs on May 22.
The races include two runoffs for the Los Angeles City Council and one runoff apiece for the Los Angeles school board and the Community College District's board of trustees.
The idea of runoffs, however, prompted concern about making taxpayers pay for and participate in two elections.