[ US /ˈɹəˌnɔf/ ]
[ UK /ɹˈʌnɒf/ ]
  1. a final election to resolve an earlier election that did not produce a winner
  2. the occurrence of surplus liquid (as water) exceeding the limit or capacity
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How To Use runoff In A Sentence

  • And if no trees are left on the valley slopes to sop up runoff from the rains and slow its flow, a tropical river will wither and die.
  • Rather Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and former Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, both discernably more open to Russian influence than Yushchenko (who was poisoned by unidentified assailants on the occasion of his last run for President), will face each other in the runoff. Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka: Foreign Affairs Roundup
  • The runoff hose was supplied by a tank reservoir that permitted measurement (i.e., volumetric metering) of the outflow.
  • A runoff is to take place between the two top vote getters as no candidate gained more than 50 percent of the votes, needed to secure an electoral victory.
  • In the east, the water is mainly oceanic with relatively minor dilution from direct monsoonal rainfall and runoff from small streams.
  • Adding more trees will improve air quality, reduce stormwater runoff, slow soil erosion, and improve water quality and recharge.
  • Heavy rains could combine with high tides and runoff from the north into the Chao Phraya River, which divides the city known to the locals as Krung Thep or the 'City of Angels' in reference to the Thai kingdom's glorious past. Rainforest Portal RSS Newsfeed
  • Is it safe to eat fish caught in a lake that collects runoff from a sub-division? Is it safe to eat fish caught in a lake that collects runoff from a sub-division? What about lawn chemicals?
  • As in every runoff election, it all comes down to which campaign does the better job of persuading its supporters to get out and vote again (in runoff elections, voter turnout is generally about 50 percent of what it was in the first election). So, who's it going to be? - poli
  • The same runoff going into the river, diluted with 73 percent less water, would have seriously deteriorated water quality until it was unfit for human contact.
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