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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Other Words from sprint

Verb

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As tight end Mark Andrews faked a run block before sprinting out to the right flat, linebacker Jordan Evans looped around Andrews, unblocked. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens film study: Want to stop Lamar Jackson? Don’t test him with an all-out blitz.," 28 Nov. 2019 Police found El Mencho’s wife and younger son at the compound, while the athletic cartel leader sprinted to safety. Beth Warren, courier-journal.com, "How a Mississippi trooper almost took down the world’s most powerful cartel boss," 25 Nov. 2019 The Badgers had been held under four goals just twice in sprinting to a 10-0 start. Dave Wright, Twin Cities, "Women’s hockey: No. 2 Gophers stick with plan, upend No. 1 Wisconsin," 2 Nov. 2019 Rachel Titzer scored 18 points for Marian (20-3, 9-2 Crossroads), who sprinted to a 21-9 first-quarter lead. Staff Reports, Indianapolis Star, "State college basketball: Indiana State wins on a buzzer-beater," 30 Jan. 2020 The Academy this year must choose among heartless hitmen and sprinting soldiers, supportive sisters and depressed divorcees, action actors and comic book killers. Ben Zauzmer, The Hollywood Reporter, "Oscars: Decoding the Best Picture Race Using Just Math," 27 Jan. 2020 Animal experts said the flightless native Australian birds can sprint at up to 30 mph. USA TODAY, "Massive pumpkin, runaway emu, 38-year-old penguin dies: News from around our 50 states," 21 Oct. 2019 As a defensive end he was accustomed to coming off the line of scrimmage and sprinting at the opponent in front of him. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Dwayne Ledford's plan at U of L hasn't changed: break bread, build men and win," 16 July 2019 Chavez went on to tinker with the country’s flag several years later, adding an eighth star and replacing a subdued, almost pensive horse with a more muscular colt sprinting at full speed——this time to the left, instead of right. Peter Millard, Bloomberg.com, "A Timeline of Venezuela’s Economic Rise and Fall," 16 Feb. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Buttigieg's day began in a Des Moines hotel room with a sprint of predawn national media interviews — NPR, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and more. NBC News, "Pete Buttigieg's improbable rise is looking more real every day," 11 Feb. 2020 The Democratic presidential candidates made a final sprint across snowy New Hampshire ahead of the state’s Tuesday primary, as party leaders vowed there would be no repeat of the chaos that followed last week’s Iowa caucuses. Chad Day, WSJ, "Democrats Make Last Pitches in New Hampshire as Iowa Fight Continues," 10 Feb. 2020 For the Smith family, business success has been a marathon rather than a sprint. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "'My family runs a business differently than others.' Central Arizona Supply builds business slow and steady," 9 Feb. 2020 Welcome to the stretch of primary season that somehow feels like both a marathon and a sprint. Time, "Democrats Face Off in New Hampshire in the First of 3 February Presidential Primary Debates. Here's What to Know," 2 Feb. 2020 Despite that, wide receiver Deebo Samuel was San Francisco’s top rusher in the first half, thanks to a 32-yard sprint on their third offensive play . . BostonGlobe.com, "Another nightmare Super Bowl ending for Kyle Shanahan," 2 Feb. 2020 Freshman won a sprint quadruple (200/400, two relays) to lead North Central to its first state championship since 1987. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "David Woods' top Indiana Olympic athletes for 2019 in pro, college and high school," 21 Jan. 2020 That same year, it was bought by its current ownership, rebranded, and scaled down from a seven-day marathon to a three-day sprint showcasing Canadian designers in Yorkville Village. Kathleen Newman-bremang, refinery29.com, "Toronto Fashion Week Is Cancelled. Again.," 14 Jan. 2020 After doors finally opened and an usher tore his ticket, Watson made a mad sprint to the front of the stage, another concert ritual of that era. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Close encounters of the Van Halen kind," 8 Jan. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for sprint

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The first known use of sprint was in 1836

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Last Updated

20 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sprint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sprint. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for sprint

sprint

verb
How to pronounce sprint (audio)

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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