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

2a : dash sense 6b

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

Goodrum sprinted to his right, barehanded the ball and beelined it to first for the out. George Stoia, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers utilityman Niko Goodrum driven 'like Michael Jordan'," 8 July 2018 Juan Quintero sprinted over to the sideline to have a conversation with Colombia Manager Jose Pekerman, apparently about Mojica’s status. Joel Petterson, New York Times, "Colombia Emerges From the World Cup Chaos, Booting Senegal," 29 June 2018 At the state track and field meet in Jacksonville, the King’s Academy senior sprinted to runner-up finish in the 800 meters with a time of 1:57.27. Wells Dusenbury, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Palm Beach 2A-1A boys track and field athlete of the year: Justin Bridgewater, King's Academy senior," 20 June 2018 Following Harry Kane's dramatic header, the England Captain sprinted off to the side of the pitch, where he was then bundled upon by his England teammates - all except one. SI.com, "The Real Reason Why Kieran Trippier Didn't Celebrate After Harry Kane's Winner," 19 June 2018 Around town, police officers sprinted to their cars and broke toward the school. Alden Woods, USA TODAY, "Santa Fe High's disastrous year: From devastating floods to tragic school shooting," 22 May 2018 Clear Falls’ Briana Garcia sprinted to a convincing win in the girls’ 300-meter hurdles Saturday night at the University Interscholastic League state track and field championships in Austin. Houston Chronicle, "State track: Clear Falls’ Brianna Garcia wins state in 300-hurdles," 13 May 2018 After the ball was deflected into left field, Merrifield sprinted effortlessly to second base for a double. Maria Torres, kansascity, "It took until May, but the Royals won their first series of the season | The Kansas City Star," 6 May 2018 In 1984, a Soviet tour guide sprinted to the southern part of the village, triggering gunfire between North Korea and U.N. Command soldiers. Fox News, "Venue for Koreas summit a symbol of division," 26 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Poor weather conditions can favor Americans, who tend to excel at tactical races rather than time-trial sprints. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Now Starring on Marathon Podiums: American Women," 2 Nov. 2018 Growing up in a little suburb in Pennsylvania, when my time outside was primarily the brief sprint from building to car or vice versa, this was a livable, if annoying, condition. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "Buying Heating Pads in Bulk Is My Secret Weapon for Helping My Hands Survive Frigid Winters," 29 Oct. 2018 But that doesn’t change what makes him such a devastating playmaker: the pinpoint passes into the outstretched arms of wide receivers, the searing sprints into open space, the ankle-breaking body feints in tight quarters. Chris Johnson And Eric Single, SI.com, "Top 100 College Football Players of 2018: Nos. 10–1," 21 June 2018 According to the manufacturer, the 300h sprints to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds and is all done at 112 mph. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Posher, sleeker 2019 Lexus ES will have Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa," 16 June 2018 Both the Ducks and USC are strong in the women's sprints, which could make the results in the 100, 200 and 400 critical in determining who wins the team title. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "Oregon men, USC women favored heading into the Pac-12s: Oregon track & field rundown," 12 May 2018 Sippin Fire, whose previous six races were sprints, beat 44-1 shot Smoothee Lee by 2¾ lengths in the 1 1/16-mile race. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Favored Sippin Fire wins Seattle Slew Stakes at Emerald Downs," 8 July 2018 Around 2,000 people, most of them dressed in white and wearing red neck scarves, attend the sprint, running alongside six bulls and six bullocks on a narrow route that weaves through central Pamplona. NBC News, "One person gored on opening day of Spain's annual running of the bulls," 7 July 2018 Every stage is different, every sprint is different. Joseph Wilson, The Seattle Times, "Gaviria beats Sagan again to claim 2nd Tour win on Stage 4," 10 July 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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