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, 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

Saturday’s sprint race — a 750-meter swim, 8-mile bike, and 5K run — took Gray just 1 hour and 16 minutes. Bill Blewett, The Aegis, "Harford triathletes fare well at Diamond in the Rough," 12 July 2018 Simons sprinted to the hoop, the big passed the ball and Simons elevated and dunked. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Edgewater High alum Anfernee Simons enjoys solid NBA debut," 7 July 2018 Caught in a run down between third and home, Craig Wiley sprinted across an unguarded home plate after the catcher attempted to throw him out at third base. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Reservoir baseball knocks out Mt. Hebron with 1-0 win in 13 innings," 16 May 2018 Ostriches can sprint up to 43 miles per hour in short bursts, or maintain 31 mph speeds for longer periods of time. National Geographic, "The Biggest Bird That Ever Lived and 5 More Bird Superstars," 15 May 2018 The man sprinted to an office near the front of the store, cleared away debris with his foot and lifted up part of the floor, revealing an underground safe. Chicago Tribune, "Rage, riots, ruin," 9 Apr. 2018 Volkswagen says the Atlas Tanoak will sprint to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds, which seems reasonable given that the same feat took 7.9 seconds in our test of a V-6 Atlas SUV. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak Pickup Concept: It Could Happen!," 29 Mar. 2018 Federer sprinted through the Australian Open two months ago without dropping a set in route to the final. Nick Pachelli, Esquire, "The Blissful Matchup of Roger Federer vs. 'The Most Beloved Man in Tennis'," 18 Mar. 2018 On the next pitch, Rhys Hoskins hit a ball driving centerfielder Cameron Maybin sprinting back toward the wall. Mike Persak, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Marlins shut out Phillies, 2-0, even weekend series with division leaders," 14 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The sprint triathlon features individuals who are grouped by age group and gender. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Triathlon comes home to Katy with new features," 10 July 2018 Peter Sagan of Bora-Hansgrohe celebrates on the podium in the green jersey as leader in the sprint ranking. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Peter Sagan Is Back, and the Tour de France Is Better," 9 July 2018 News from elsewhere on the internet Reuters gets inside Tesla’s sprint to hit its goal to produce 5,000 Model 3s in one week. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "This Week in the Future of Cars: Lofty Goals, Raw Ambition," 7 July 2018 Ms Locust Point looks to be the most formidable invader, having won three sprint stakes in a row this winter at Laurel. Tim Dwyer, Sun-Sentinel.com, "X Y Jet highlights Summit of Speed card," 29 June 2018 The sprint competition begins at 7 a.m. The Olympic event involves a 1.5-kilometer swim, 40-km on the bike, and 10-km run to close things out. Mitchell Gladstone, Philly.com, "A Q&A with Philadelphia Escape Triathlon director Bill Burke," 21 June 2018 The race, now owned by PEM Premier Event Management, is one of three races run annually in the city which includes a half-marathon in April and another sprint triathlon held in August for men and women. David Sharos, Naperville Sun, "Naperville Women's Triathlon cancelled Sunday due to weather concerns," 10 June 2018 Then, at the games themselves, one Kenyan sprint coach posed as an athlete and provided a urine sample on that runner's behalf. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "Kenyan athlete admits to giving drug tester money but says he thought it was for ‘fuel or tea’," 1 June 2018 While East Kentwood still has solid sprint relays (they’re ranked in the top four of the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400), the team has expanded its range. Wright Wilson, Detroit Free Press, "What to watch for at the track and field state championships," 31 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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