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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.
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(ˈrʌnˌɔf, -ˌɒf)

1. something that drains or flows off, as rain water.
2. a final contest held to break a tie or eliminate semifinalists.
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A second election held after a first election has failed to produce a clear result.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
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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