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sprinted; sprinting; sprints

intransitive verb

: to run or go at top speed especially for a short distance
sprinter noun


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

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
However regardless of Powell’s opinion on his team, there remains one athlete who can secure wins in the sprinting events for Jamaica. Paras Jan, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 At one point, the ostrich appears to run into a vehicle before picking himself back up and sprinting around the road again. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 27 Mar. 2024 Minutes later, the Grossmont bench sprinted onto the floor in celebration. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Mar. 2024 Then, in the final two laps off the restart, Logano sprinted ahead and then won under caution on the last lap for his first victory of the season, while DiBenedetto squeezed past Hendrick Motorsports’ William Byron. Shane Connuck, Charlotte Observer, 3 Mar. 2024 As soon as Neil Gupta's recent flight from Houston to Salt Lake City came to a stop at the gate, an impatient passenger jumped up and sprinted to the front, squeezing past the other passengers. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 The latest starting quintet - Butler, Adebayo, Nikola Jovic, Mills and Rozier - sprinted to a 17-7 lead. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 23 Mar. 2024 As Earhart and Stultz made their way in the Friendship to Newfoundland, the closest North American landmass to Europe, Boll hastily arranged for a new pilot and sprinted north in the Columbia. Shoshi Parks, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Mar. 2024 After Damian broke up with Giannina at the altar (and Giannina muddied her dress by dramatically sprinting out of the ceremony), the couple briefly rekindled their relationship but broke up in August 2021 as rumors swirled about Damian dating Too Hot to Handle’s Francesca Farago. Charlotte Walsh, Vulture, 14 Mar. 2024
Watch this 👀 Subway sprint: Two friends tried to outrun a New York City train. Daniel Wine, CNN, 4 Apr. 2024 The bottom line is that securing a small business loan from a traditional bank is a marathon, not a sprint. Melissa Houston, Forbes, 30 Mar. 2024 The Grand Cherokee’s 0-60 mph sprint required about 8.0 seconds in Edmunds testing versus 6.8 seconds in the Passport. Nick Kurczewski, Quartz, 27 Mar. 2024 By comparison, an Olympic sprint swimmer might reach just 5 km/h. The thinking among hydrodynamicists is that the strange shape of shark denticles must play a crucial role in shark locomotion. The Physics Arxiv Blog, Discover Magazine, 26 Mar. 2024 Former walk-on defensive back Alex Johnson ran a 40-yard dash in the 4.4-second range, Foster reported, along with a 4.5-second sprint from outside linebacker Carl Jones Jr. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2024 Move to February The Oscar marathon could use a sprint. Clayton Davis, Variety, 14 Mar. 2024 She's clinched three world titles since then, is considered the reigning sprint European champion and is an Olympic medalist. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 19 Mar. 2024 Last season, the Giants were the slowest team in the National League, with an average sprint speed faster than only the Yankees and White Sox. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 15 Mar. 2024

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1847, in the meaning defined above


1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sprint was in 1836

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Cite this Entry

“Sprint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sprint. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
: to run at top speed especially for a short distance
sprinter noun


2 of 2 noun
: a short run at top speed
: a race over a short distance

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