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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Verb

sprinter noun

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Synonyms: Verb

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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 By six weeks the same rats had learned to sprint and walk up a small staircase. Ferris Jabr, Scientific American, "With Willpower, and a Jolt of Electricity, Paralyzed Rats Learn to Walk Again," 31 May 2012 Land Rover says the two-door will sprint to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 149 mph. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "2022 Land Rover Defender V8 Priced Starting Near $100,000," 26 Feb. 2021 Driving the gains: the confluence of tight supply––inventories dropped almost 50% in the past year––and those bargain rates that lure buyers by restraining monthly payments even as prices sprint. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "3 ways you’ll feel the pain of the shocking rise in interest rates," 20 Mar. 2021 As for speed, the Cross Turismo Turbo S can sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds, which is just 0.1 seconds slower than the sedan version. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, "Porsche’s New Taycan Cross Turismo Turns the EV Into a Sexy Sport Wagon," 4 Mar. 2021 So when Lakers guard Rajon Rondo inbounded the ball to Davis, Nuggets center Nikola Jokic had to sprint from the baseline to the perimeter to contest the shot. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Nuggets played hard in Game 2, but must play smarter to beat Lakers," 21 Sep. 2020 But the bounce has started to return, and so has the confidence to cut and sprint and rise for feathery jumpers. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas' Jase Febres starting to feel himself again after long journey back from surgery," 6 Mar. 2021 Go sprint to the captain, slash him with temporal blade, pop your Slow Trap bubble, then unload the auto-shotgun (a truly absurd class of weapon) into his face, which has double crit bonus damages from my gear. Paul Tassi, Forbes, "The Best ‘Outriders’ Demo Legendary Speed Farm And Loadout," 28 Feb. 2021 The Jazz scored baskets on each of their first five possessions to sprint out to a 14-0 lead and made eight 3-pointers in the first quarter. John Coon, ajc, "Jazz rout Warriors for 8th straight; Curry now 2nd in 3s," 24 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was battling for the lead near the end of the Stage 1 sprint at the Tour of Poland last summer. New York Times, "How a Horrifying Cycling Crash Set Up a Battle Over Safety," 30 Jan. 2021 As summer vacations end and school resumes, the Labor Day weekend has long been viewed as the start of the sprint to the finish for presidential campaigns. John Mccormick, WSJ, "Voting Begins and Ad Wars Escalate as 2020 Election Enters Home Stretch," 4 Sep. 2020 Diggins is also a four-time world medalist, including a gold medal in 2013 in team sprint. News Services, Star Tribune, "Afton's Jessie Diggins clinches overall World Cup cross-country skiing title," 9 Mar. 2021 Anchorage’s Sadie Maubet Bjornsen ended her illustrious ski-racing career with both a marathon and a sprint Saturday at the Nordic World Championships in Oberstdorf, Germany. Bjornsen, 33, claimed 15th place in the women’s 30-kilometer classic race. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage’s Sadie Maubet Bjornsen ends a brilliant ski-racing career by placing 15th in her final race," 7 Mar. 2021 But having a child proved to be a marathon rather than a sprint. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego ‘throuple’ share their story of three dads and two babies," 7 Mar. 2021 Amanda's remarkable achievement is a reminder that lasting success is like a marathon and not a sprint. Dr. Richard Osibanjo, Forbes, "The Next Generation Leader: Lessons From Amanda Gorman," 24 Feb. 2021 The work is part of a final sprint to complete as many miles of border wall as possible before President-elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20. Ed Lavandera And Ashley Killough, CNN, "Border wall construction presses full steam ahead in final days of Trump administration," 23 Dec. 2020 Remember that healthy eating is a marathon, not a sprint. Madelyn Fernstrom, NBC News, "6 eating tips for a healthier heart," 24 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of sprint

Verb

1847, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1836, 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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15 Apr 2021

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“Sprint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sprint. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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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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