sprint

verb
\ ˈsprint \
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

Perez ripped a line drive to left field, where Western left fielder Mason Ochs tried to make a diving catch, however, the ball got by Ochs’ glove and rolled to the outfield fence as Perez sprinted around the bases to score. Steve Evans, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Bradshaw, Western pound host Cypress Bay in softball regional semi," 9 May 2018 Coach of the Year Ryan George, Goshen George's rebuild of Goshen football hit its peak this season as the Warriors sprinted to a 9-0 start and won a share of the SBAAC-American. Shelby Dermer, Cincinnati.com, "2017 Ohio Fall All-Stars: Football," 18 Jan. 2018 Altuve pulled up at second base, noticed Lucroy's lackadaisical nature, and sprinted for third base — unwise aggression for a team which prides itself upon such pressure-producing plays. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros held scoreless in loss to A's," 10 July 2018 Returning to the baseball field at all this summer seemed impossible on May 4, when Payette High’s starting second baseman sprinted for a pop fly in shallow right field. Michael Lycklama, idahostatesman, "‘A miracle.’ Payette baseball player back on field a month after fracturing his skull," 9 June 2018 Some sprinted cooperatively for most of the way, only to stop mere inches from the finish line, much to the exasperation of their owners and the amusement of the crowd. Bethany Ao, Philly.com, "The cutthroat goat races of Sly Fox Brewery's annual Bock Fest," 7 May 2018 When the bus reached campus around 8:30 that night, almost all of the players sprinted toward a school building for a celebration that had been planned. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Wendell Carter Jr. works out for Orlando Magic," 15 June 2018 Acuna, who had already reached third, sprinted home as well, as her teammates spilled out of the Salpointe dugout to meet her. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Salpointe Catholic edges Cactus to win 4A softball title in defensive battle," 15 May 2018 No one who has heard his call with announcer Steve Schlanger of the historic U.S. victory in the women’s cross-country team sprint will forget it soon — and not just because their ears are still ringing. Phil Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, "Rating NBC Olympics announcers: Who deserves gold, silver, bronze ... or lead?," 24 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The sprint and freestyle were SuperTour events but not national championships. Anchorage Daily News, "Diggins nips Bjornsen for 30K national ski title," 27 Mar. 2018 But in the short sprint between the November 6 primary and the November 27 special election, Hyde-Smith has gotten herself into trouble with a series of statements that finally drew national attention to one of 2018’s undercovered races. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Live results for the Mississippi Senate election," 27 Nov. 2018 Once that first frenetic sprint is over, the pilot is the only one with eyes on what comes next. Jay Willis, GQ, "How to Make an Olympic Bobsledder," 16 Feb. 2018 One of the last days of the trip – the veterans of the American Challenge call this Desert Day – is a 110-mile sprint across the Mojave Desert in California from Needles to Ludlow. Lily Herman, Woman's Day, "My Grandfather's Death Inspired Me to Bike Across America," 26 Feb. 2016 One of the talented Lions who may have scored in the sprints was senior James Green. Craig Clary, baltimoresun.com, "Dulaney boys track and field squad completes dominant spring season," 1 June 2018 In the sprints, Terry Miller of Bulkeley (100, 200, 400) and Andraya Yearwood of Cromwell (100, 200) will be two of the top runners. Lori Riley, courant.com, "High School Track: Area Athletes To Watch In Class M And Class L," 29 May 2018 Also for the Royals, sophomore Noah Malone closed on Guerendo in both sprints, finishing second in 10.70 and 22.00. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Despite upset loss in long jump, Guerendo keeps Avon on track for state title," 24 May 2018 But Tilmon, a Northern Illinois recruit, already had a memorable performance in the sprints, taking first in the 100 (12.04), 400 (55.66) and 200 (24.54). Bob Narang, chicagotribune.com, "More from Morris: Princeton recruit Jalah Morris sets personal record for Zion-Benton in discus to reach state," 11 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 \
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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