I need some help with the meaning of "run" in:

Transformers: Generation 1 (also known as Generation One or G1) was a children's toy line that ran from 1984 to 1991 and was produced by Hasbro.

I cannot find a good definition for "run" that would fit this sentence. Could the sentence be an error?


run :

14 a. A continuous period of operation, especially of a machine or factory.
b. The production achieved during such a period: a press run of 15,000 copies.

The applicable verb is:

run : 8. To be in operation: The engine is running.

  • You definition for the noun "run". My sentence uses the verb "run". – meatie Jun 22 '14 at 5:16
  • Yes, the toy production line ran, as in a continuous period of operation, especially of a machine or factory, between the years of 1984 to 1991. – Jim Jun 22 '14 at 5:18
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    I would go with (v.intr) sense 26, "To be presented or performed for a continuous period of time: The play ran for six months." – user3169 Jun 22 '14 at 5:25
  • There is a difference between a product line and a production line: The former is a group of products. The latter is similar to an assembly line. A toy line is definitely a produce line. – meatie Jun 22 '14 at 5:36
  • @user3169- Yes, that also works. Often you will find that multiple senses of a word fit a given situation. – Jim Jun 22 '14 at 5:36

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