\ 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



Definition of sprint (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from sprint


sprinter noun

Synonyms for sprint

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This will enhance your ability to sprint and jump on the court. Perri O. Blumberg, Men's Health, 11 May 2022 The primary impetus was to revive long-distance dog mushing, which had yielded almost entirely to sprint racing and snowmachines across Alaska. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Feb. 2022 There is certainly no guarantee that the market will sprint higher simply because of lopsided bets in the options market. John Dobosz, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Rather than allowing the mind to sprint ahead, simply put one cleat in front of the other. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Apr. 2022 The opening drive of Saturday’s 59-3 route of New Mexico State saw Anderson sprint off the edge untouched for a third-down sack. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 18 Nov. 2021 That feat would allow the car to sprint from zero to 62 mph in 10.9 second and hit a top speed of 115 mph, both of which are quite impressive marks for a saloon of the era. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 15 Apr. 2022 Pacing decisions don’t occur in a vacuum—but even in the sterile confines of the lab, the prospect of racing against someone else seems to prod us to sprint off the start line. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 27 Mar. 2021 Finally, each teams' male skaters sprint it out for two laps apiece, bringing the total laps covered to 18. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 5 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Education is not a sprint; there is no prize for racing through it. Baltimore Sun, 17 May 2022 The sprint to 60 mph took 4.6 seconds, and the Genesis reached the quarter-mile in 13.3 seconds at 104 mph. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 6 May 2022 The sprint to the finish brought a flurry of outside surrogates to Ohio in the run-up to polls opening Tuesday. Rick Rouan, USA TODAY, 3 May 2022 Although agonizingly close, Jepchirchir and Yeshaneh's final sprint is nowhere near the closest finish in Boston Marathon history. Grayson Quay, The Week, 18 Apr. 2022 Now comes a frenzied sprint to the season, with some 200 free agents scrambling to find jobs in a short window. Jared Diamond, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2022 Coming in as the preferred spike for all sprint events, the Nike Max Fly is every bit a super spike. Cory Smith, Outside Online, 16 Apr. 2022 But for runners looking to purchase a high-quality shoe for tempo runs, sprint intervals, and race days, these shoes can take your running to the next level. Hannah Singleton, SELF, 5 Apr. 2022 Schoonmaker and Ogden, who finished in 43:00, were teammates for the United States in Beijing in the team sprint relay. Anchorage Daily News, 13 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sprint


1847, in the meaning defined above


1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sprint


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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21 May 2022

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“Sprint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sprint. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for sprint


\ 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



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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