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Race

Race is a division of humankind with certain distinguishing characteristics in common which indicate distinctive origins.

Definition Two:

Race is a socially defined category of people who share genetically transmitted physical characteristics.


Race is an anthropological term denoting a biological sub-division of human beings with a common genetic ancestry. This common ancestry produces common physical characteristics such as skin colour, facial structure and size. There is no such thing as a pure race; every physical characteristic can be found, however infrequently, in every large human subgroup. It is suggested from time to time that a particular minority subgroup is inferior in intelligence to the majority subgroup. At the beginning of this century it was Jews; more recently it has been Blacks. There has never been any clear evidence for this viewpoint and a lot of evidence against it. Even if we accepted for the sake of argument that there was a pure race and that intelligence tests measured intelligence, those tests remain educationally, culturally and socially biased against ethnic minority groups.

Webster Dictionary Meaning

1. Race
- A root.
- The descendants of a common ancestor; a family, tribe, people, or nation, believed or presumed to belong to the same stock; a lineage; a breed.
- Company; herd; breed.
- A variety of such fixed character that it may be propagated by seed.
- Peculiar flavor, taste, or strength, as of wine; that quality, or assemblage of qualities, which indicates origin or kind, as in wine; hence, characteristic flavor; smack.
- Hence, characteristic quality or disposition.
- A progress; a course; a movement or progression.
- Esp., swift progress; rapid course; a running.
- Hence: The act or process of running in competition; a contest of speed in any way, as in running, riding, driving, skating, rowing, sailing; in the plural, usually, a meeting for contests in the running of horses; as, he attended the races.
- Competitive action of any kind, especially when prolonged; hence, career; course of life.
- A strong or rapid current of water, or the channel or passage for such a current; a powerful current or heavy sea, sometimes produced by the meeting of two tides; as, the Portland Race; the Race of Alderney.
- The current of water that turns a water wheel, or the channel in which it flows; a mill race.
- A channel or guide along which a shuttle is driven back and forth, as in a loom, sewing machine, etc.
2. Race
- To run swiftly; to contend in a race; as, the animals raced over the ground; the ships raced from port to port.
- To run too fast at times, as a marine engine or screw, when the screw is lifted out of water by the action of a heavy sea.
3. Race
- To raze.
- To cause to contend in a race; to drive at high speed; as, to race horses.
- To run a race with.
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