Definition of Marathon

1. Noun. Any long and arduous undertaking.

Exact synonyms: Endurance Contest
Generic synonyms: Labor, Project, Task, Undertaking

2. Noun. A footrace of 26 miles 385 yards.
Generic synonyms: Foot Race, Footrace, Run
Derivative terms: Marathoner

3. Noun. A battle in 490 BC in which the Athenians and their allies defeated the Persians.
Exact synonyms: Battle Of Marathon
Generic synonyms: Pitched Battle
Geographical relationships: Ellas, Greece, Hellenic Republic

Definition of Marathon

1. Noun. A 42.195 kilometre (26 mile 385 yard) road race. ¹

2. Noun. (figuratively by extension) Any extended or sustained activity. ¹

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Definition of Marathon

1. a long-distance race [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Marathon

marasca cherry
maraschino cherry
marasmic thrombosis
marasmic thrombus
marathon (current term)
marathon group psychotherapy
marathon runner

Literary usage of Marathon

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Decisive Battles of the World by Edward Shepherd Creasy, John Gilmer Speed (1899)
"forces and heavier slaughter than had been seen at marathon signalized the conflicts of Greeks and Persians at Artemisium, Salamis, Plataea, ..."

2. Greece: Handbook for Travellers by Karl Baedeker (Firm), Karl Baedeker (1894)
"CARRIAGE from Athens to the Soros, or mound in the plain of marathon, ... 120) to Vrand, 4 hrs.; thence across the plain and past the Soros to marathon, ..."

3. Transactions of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and (1918)
"These two points constitute the two principal advantages of the marathon over a ball mill: the line contact gives positive crushing, while the substitution ..."

4. Travels in Various Countries of Europe, Asia and Africa by Edward Daniel Clarke (1818)
"I. ATHENS TO marathon. Manners of the Athenians — Description of a Sail— Mode of Dancing practised by the Women—Superstitions— Funeral Rites of the ..."

5. Travels in Various Countries of Europe, Asia and Africa by Edward Daniel Clarke (1818)
"I. ATHENS TO marathon. Manners of the Athenians — Description of a Ball— Mode of Dancing practised ly the Women—Superstitions—Funeral Rites of the ..."

6. The Ancient World from the Earliest Times to 800 A.D. by Willis Mason West (1904)
"The memory of marathon became the richest inheritance of the Athenians, ... Soon after marathon, Egypt revolted against Persia; and so the Greeks gained ten ..."

7. A History of Greece: From the Earliest Times to the Roman Conquest. With by William Smith (1897)
"Battle of marathon. § 7. Movements of the Persians after the ... Effect of the battle of marathon upon the Athenians. § 9. Glory of Miltiades. § 10. ..."

8. The History of Greece by Connop Thirlwall (1860)
"And, therefore, the Athenians were only just to their own merits in the extraordinary honours they paid to the true heroes of marathon, and in the monuments ..."

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