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

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

Entering the fray as a substitute, Jacob Murphy did well to sprint away from Davinson Sanchez before blazing his shot high and wide with only Lloris to beat. SI.com, "WATCH: Harry Kane's Goal Seals Tottenham's Top-Four Finish, Win Over Newcastle," 9 May 2018 The three men sprinted away, losing a sandal and dropping the chainsaw amid the commotion, the report said. Tonya Alanez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Chainsaw sale turns into robbery after thieves meet victim online," 2 May 2018 Kate effortlessly sprinted down a grassy hill to congratulate William and his team after the game in her 3-inch espadrille wedges. Erin Hill, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Middleton Just Proved She Can Do Anything in a Pair of Sky-High Wedges: See the Photos!," 11 June 2018 Patmon escaped into the street, sprinting down the yellow line as a second officer pursued him on foot. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "A police officer was fired after video showed him running down a fleeing suspect with his car," 3 June 2018 Reece Prescod is making British sprinting internationally relevant. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "Opponents of Hayward Field 2.0 haven't given up the fight: Oregon track & field rundown," 30 May 2018 Rookie sensation Ronald Acuna of the Atlanta Braves injured his lower leg sprinting down the first base line and had to leave Sunday's game against the Boston Red Sox. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Atlanta Braves phenom Ronald Acuna exits game with leg injury," 27 May 2018 Rachel Thomas was working one night in 2016 at Candler Living Center, a home near Asheville for mentally ill and disabled adults, when a worker from Jennifer Warren’s program came sprinting down the hall. Amy Julia Harris And Shoshana Walter, charlotteobserver, "Drug users got exploited. Disabled patients got hurt. One woman benefited from it all. | Charlotte Observer," 21 May 2018 Huerter’s time for sprinting three-fourths the length of the court of 3.09 seconds tied for for sixth with Nevada’s Cody Martin. Don Markus, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland's Huerter sits out Friday scrimmage at NBA combine after aggravating hand injury," 19 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Spartan offers three core race distances: sprint (3 miles and 20 obstacles), super (8 miles and 25 obstacles) and beast... Jen Murphy, WSJ, "He Conquered Cancer, Then 15 Spartan Races in a Year," 27 Apr. 2019 The $110 million bridge replacement is being done in two around-the-clock summer sprints, one last summer, one this year, rather than a more traditional project that would keep Comm. Adam Vaccaro, BostonGlobe.com, "Commonwealth Avenue bridge project returns in late July," 11 July 2018 The lone turf sprint, the $75,000 Bob Umphrey, has Pay Any Price beginning the day at a very short price of 3-5. Tim Dwyer, Sun-Sentinel.com, "X Y Jet highlights Summit of Speed card," 29 June 2018 Led by a strong showing in the sprints, Tosa East finished with 162 points, 31 better than second-place Brookfield East. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Boys track and field honor roll, weekly honors," 17 May 2018 After the proposal, Amanda did a few sprints around the apartment. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "La Dolce Vita Meets Old-School Beach Style at This Wedding in Key Largo," 5 Apr. 2019 While in October, the grueling NBA season is considered a marathon and not a sprint. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "NBA playoff race: All seeds up for grabs in wild East, West conferences," 6 Mar. 2018 The path forward for the House and Senate bills is a marathon, not a sprint. Christine Grimaldi, Vogue, "Senators Introduce Legislation to Finally Repeal the Hyde Amendment and End Wide-Ranging Federal Abortion-Funding Ban," 12 Mar. 2019 For the Ducks, sprints, relays and middle distances will be key. Joe Fleming, USA TODAY, "NCAA track and field: Catch these future Olympians while they're still college stars," 5 June 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 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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