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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
rerun
I.noun
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ We watched a rerun of "The Brady Bunch."
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ I finally conked out at around four, in the middle of a Twilight Zone rerun.
▪ It turns out that not all Odyssey programs are network reruns.
▪ It was like a rerun of the reel in which my father was edited out.
▪ The Constitutional Court ordered the Melilla rerun on the grounds of irregularities in the original voting.
▪ The shows may have been made aeons ago, but endless reruns have ensured kitsch classic status for information obsessives.
▪ This is a process which may take a number of reruns to achieve what we would consider to be a satisfactory outcome.
▪ You mean we could have just sat on the couch and watched reruns to get the same level of cultural snobbery?
II.verb
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ How can you be sure what really happened unless you can rerun it in slo-mo?
▪ I could change stadium and team names and rerun stadium columns.
▪ I could keep inserting new imperial abuses of power and rerun Willie Brown columns.
▪ Nor when a race is lost, can it be ever rerun.
▪ The next step might be to rerun the batch of tests with a fresh aliquot of control serum.
▪ We can rerun them whenever we want to.
▪ When I closed my eyes I saw the little boy with the flag again, his death rerun like a film clip.
▪ Why not rerun the whole shooting match in every state that was too close to call?
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
rerun

also re-run, 1804, in reference to races, from re- "back, again" + run (v.). The noun, in reference to film, is recorded from 1934; of television programs from 1955. Related: Reran; rerunning.

Wiktionary
rerun

n. 1 (context American English) A television program shown after its initial presentation — particularly many weeks after its initial presentation; a repeat. 2 (context political English) A political candidate who holds the same political agenda or doctrine as a past or incumbent holder of a given political office. 3 (context computing English) A second or subsequent run of a program. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To run (a previously broadcast television program) again. 2 (context transitive English) To run (a race) again. 3 (context transitive English) To run (a computer program) again.

WordNet
rerun
  1. n. a program that is broadcast again; "she likes to watch `I love Lucy' reruns"

  2. v. broadcast again, as of a film [syn: rebroadcast]

  3. rerun a performance of a play, for example

  4. run again for office; "Bush wants to rerun in 1996"

  5. cause to perform again; "We have to rerun the subjects--they misunderstood the instructions"

  6. [also: rerunning, reran]

Wikipedia
Rerun

A rerun or repeat is a rebroadcast of an episode of a radio or television program. There are two types of reruns – those that occur during a hiatus, and those that occur when a program is syndicated. Reruns can also be, as the case with more popular shows, when a show is aired outside of its timeslot (for example, in the afternoon).

In the United Kingdom, the word "repeat" refers only to a single episode; "rerun" or "rerunning" is the preferred term for an entire series/season. A "Repeat" is a single episode of a series that is broadcast outside its original timeslot on the same channel/network. The episode is usually the "repeat" of the scheduled episode that was broadcast in the original timeslot earlier the previous week. It allows viewers who weren't able to watch the show in its timeslot to catch-up before the next episode is broadcast. The term "rerun" can also be used in some respects as a synonym for reprint, the equivalent term for print items; this is especially true for print items that are part of ongoing series (such as comic strips; Peanuts, for instance, has been in reruns since the retirement and death of creator Charles M. Schulz). In South Africa, reruns of the daily soap opera 7de Laan, and others, are called an Omnibus. The Omnibus is a weekly rerun that is broadcast on a Sunday afternoon on the original channel/network. It only broadcasts the past week's episodes back-to-back.

When used to refer to the rebroadcast of a single episode, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz are generally credited as the inventors of the rerun; it was first utilized for the American television series I Love Lucy (1951-57) during Ball's pregnancy.

Rerun (disambiguation)

A rerun (or, sometimes, repeat) is a re-airing of an episode of a television program.

Rerun may also refer to:

  • Freddie "Rerun" Stubbs, a character in the American TV series What's Happening!!, portrayed by Fred Berry
  • Night of the Living Rerun, an original novel based on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series
  • The Rerun Show, a short-lived sketch comedy that aired on NBC that aired in 2002
  • Rerun van Pelt, a character in the Peanuts comic strip
  • Rerun, a once-lived villain on the TV series Static Shock

Usage examples of "rerun".

He had to stop masochistically rerunning this stupid marriage conversation with Quinn, anyway.

She made sure her door was locked, then settled in to watch a rerun of an interview with Professor Soldi broadcast by a Melbourne station.

It was the fare on HBO he was monitoring this morning, the present offering an umpteenth rerun of a film he had seen at least once before, the one about the undercover cop who assumes the identity of a mid-level N.

I wondered when Bob got off shift, whether or not he had friends to go for a drink with, or whether he crept home to a microwaved dinner and reruns and infomercials on TV.

But Ellen had no desire to wax philosophical with a reporter who grew up on Brady Bunch reruns and was too young to remember the Beatles.

Except for the hints of blue wood-smoke, Steve could almost believe that the reruns were over, that the village had leaped back into the limbo of the past where it belonged.

The three people sitting in the waiting area were watching television reruns of the saucer over Coors Field as experts off camera explained everything.

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Have some cervezas, microwave a burrito, watch a rerun on my dish TV of the 1982 Daytona 500.

He'd rather have watched a back-to-back rerun of Carin Coldae classics, but felt he should exercise self-discipline.

All the seniors are tucked away in their apartments by then, settled in for the night, watching reruns of Seinfeld and Cop Bloopers.

The only real reminders she had of her former days were the passing glimpses of herself on TV reruns of old showsas well as the image of Marilyn, now dressed like a Fifth Avenue stick insect, hair chignoned regardless of time of day or season, scrapping it out in court with the airline.

The only real reminders she had of her former days were the passing glimpses of herself on TV— reruns of old shows—as well as the image of Marilyn, now dressed like a Fifth Avenue stick insect, hair chignoned regard­ less of time of day or season, scrapping it out in court with the airline.

On the way out they’d run and rerun simulations of the Event, discussed its potential for establishing this or that view of energy exchange or chronal consequences or gravity wave punctuation.