sprint

verb
\ ˈsprint How to pronounce sprint (audio) \
sprinted; sprinting; sprints

Definition of sprint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to run or go at top speed especially for a short distance

sprint

noun

Definition of sprint (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or an instance of sprinting
b : a burst of speed

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Other Words from sprint

Verb

sprinter noun

Synonyms for sprint

Synonyms: Verb

dash, gallop, jog, run, scamper, trip, trot

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Examples of sprint in a Sentence

Verb

The bicycle racers sprinted for the finish line. he sprinted off to class so as to avoid being late

Noun

He made a sprint for the finish line.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Castro sprinted through it in just one day, and drew huge crowds in the process, while the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is dividing it into four digestible parts. Randy Myers, The Mercury News, "Epic ‘War and Peace’ film invades Berkeley Film Archive," 5 June 2019 Jorge Alfaro rocketed a go-ahead double and Kingery sprinted home from first. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Phillies use late rally to beat Pirates for sixth straight win," 7 July 2018 Kim had sprinted to gain road mobile medium range missiles and what appeared to be a fusion bomb in the summer of 2017. Brian Bennett / Singapore, Time, "How Trump Decided to Meet Kim," 10 June 2018 With the bases loaded in the eighth inning of Monday's game, Rizzo sprinted home on a ground ball to shortstop and appeared to contact catcher Elias Diaz's leg intentionally as Diaz tried to turn the home-to-first double play. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "MLB: Cubs' Anthony Rizzo should have been called for interference on slide," 29 May 2018 James Harden headed the other way, Rockets teammates sprinting around him, until P.J. Tucker, the epitome of the sort of role player that had driven the Rockets to a stunning reversal from Game 1, was alone in the corner. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets bounce back in Game 2, even series with Warriors," 17 May 2018 Brooklyn led 29-23 after one, but the Kings opened the second with a 15-4 burst to sprint into the lead and took a 60-55 advantage into the locker room. Brian Mahoney, The Seattle Times, "Russell has 31, Nets run past Kings for 123-94 win," 21 Jan. 2019 The worker making the sandwiches sprinted out of the store and the would-be thief started pistol-whipping Farag, according to the New York Post. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Video shows New York City deli owner wrestling away gun during brazen robbery attempt," 19 Sep. 2018 Entering the fray as a substitute, Jacob Murphy did well to sprint away from Davinson Sanchez before blazing his shot high and wide with only Lloris to beat. SI.com, "WATCH: Harry Kane's Goal Seals Tottenham's Top-Four Finish, Win Over Newcastle," 9 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Both men would station themselves along the baseline and sprint, scramble, slide, stretch to somehow reach just about each and every ball that came their way, not merely putting a racket on it but responding with a booming reply. Howard Fendrich, chicagotribune.com, "Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem in 4 sets to win his 12th French Open title," 9 June 2019 Both men would station themselves along the baseline and sprint, scramble, slide, stretch to somehow reach just about each and every ball that came their way, not merely putting a racket on it but responding with a booming reply. Howard Fendrich, courant.com, "Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem in four sets to win his 12th French Open, 18th career Grand Slam title," 9 June 2019 Both men would station themselves along the baseline and sprint, scramble, slide, stretch to somehow reach just about each and every ball that came their way, not merely putting a racket on it but responding with a booming reply. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Rafael Nadal continues mastery on the clay, wins 12th French Open title," 9 June 2019 There were long, deep steps; short, fast sprints; and plenty of hands-free, glute-busting squats, all in time with upbeat dance music. Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "Miracle Performance enters VersaClimber arena with ‘MP Climb’: Stretching Out," 7 June 2019 Spartan offers three core race distances: sprint (3 miles and 20 obstacles), super (8 miles and 25 obstacles) and beast... Jen Murphy, WSJ, "He Conquered Cancer, Then 15 Spartan Races in a Year," 27 Apr. 2019 The $110 million bridge replacement is being done in two around-the-clock summer sprints, one last summer, one this year, rather than a more traditional project that would keep Comm. Adam Vaccaro, BostonGlobe.com, "Commonwealth Avenue bridge project returns in late July," 11 July 2018 The lone turf sprint, the $75,000 Bob Umphrey, has Pay Any Price beginning the day at a very short price of 3-5. Tim Dwyer, Sun-Sentinel.com, "X Y Jet highlights Summit of Speed card," 29 June 2018 Led by a strong showing in the sprints, Tosa East finished with 162 points, 31 better than second-place Brookfield East. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Boys track and field honor roll, weekly honors," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of sprint

Verb

1889, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sprint

Verb

Middle English (Scots) sprenten to spring, leap, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish dialect sprinta to jump, hop; akin to Old High German sprinzan to jump up

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The first known use of sprint was circa 1865

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sprint

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sprint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to run or go very fast for a short distance

sprint

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sprint (Entry 2 of 2)

: a race over a short distance at a very fast speed
: a short period of running or going very fast

sprint

verb
\ ˈsprint How to pronounce sprint (audio) \
sprinted; sprinting

Kids Definition of sprint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to run at top speed especially for a short distance

Other Words from sprint

sprinter noun

sprint

noun

Kids Definition of sprint (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a short run at top speed
2 : a race over a short distance

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