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Meaning of marathon by Wiktionary Dictionary

marathon


    Etymology

    Ancient Greek Μαραθών ( Marathōn ), a town northeast of Athens. Phidippides the Greek ran the distance from Marathon to Athens to deliver a message regarding the Battle of Marathon. The modern sport of marathon running is based on a run approximately the same distance .

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈmærəθən/, X-SAMPA: "m{r@T@n
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈmærəˌθɑn/, /ˈmɛrəˌθɑn/, X-SAMPA: "m{r@%TAn, "mEr@%TAn
    • Hyphenation: mar‧a‧thon

    Noun

    marathon ( plural: marathons )

    1. A 42.195 kilometre ( 26 mile 385 yard ) road race .
    2. ( figuratively, by extension ) Any extended or sustained activity .
      He had a cleaning marathon the night before his girlfriend came over .


Explanation of marathon by Wordnet Dictionary

marathon


    Noun
    1. any long and arduous undertaking

    2. a battle in 490 BC in which the Athenians and their allies defeated the Persians

    3. a footrace of 26 miles 385 yards



    Definition of marathon by GCIDE Dictionary

    marathon


    1. marathon n.
      1. A footrace of 26 miles 385 yards. [wns=2]

      2. Hence: Any long and arduous undertaking, straining the endurance of the participants. [wns=1]

      Syn. -- endurance contest.

      3. ( Capitalized )a battle in 490 BC in which the Athenians and their allies defeated the Persians. [wns=3]

      Syn. -- battle of Marathon.