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
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

When the bus reached campus around 8:30 that night, almost all of the players sprinted toward a school building for a celebration that had been planned. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Wendell Carter Jr. works out for Orlando Magic," 15 June 2018 Acuna, who had already reached third, sprinted home as well, as her teammates spilled out of the Salpointe dugout to meet her. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Salpointe Catholic edges Cactus to win 4A softball title in defensive battle," 15 May 2018 No one who has heard his call with announcer Steve Schlanger of the historic U.S. victory in the women’s cross-country team sprint will forget it soon — and not just because their ears are still ringing. Phil Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, "Rating NBC Olympics announcers: Who deserves gold, silver, bronze ... or lead?," 24 Feb. 2018 His eleven-year-old son took our order, and, with military precision, went sprinting back to his dad, rattling it off. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Love Letter to Nasi Goreng, Jakarta's Street Food Staple," 1 Oct. 2018 Love got out of Dumas’ Honda Civic and sprinted back to the store to get the validation when he was surrounded by officers from the Glendale Police Department with their guns drawn. Andy Nguyen, latimes.com, "Actor alleges racial profiling by sheriff’s department after wrongful arrest in Glendale," 13 June 2018 The romance with sweaty gyms — sprinting back and forth on creaky wooden floors and rubbing up against sweaty guys on purpose — is an earthier, smellier kind of love. Roy Bragg, San Antonio Express-News, "Love and basketball, for reals," 24 May 2018 Instead of sprinting back, playing with the required intensity to match the magnitude of the moment, the Cavaliers often jogged the other way or failed to get over halfcourt at all. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers' season-long defensive problems unmasked in Game 6 blowout loss," 28 Apr. 2018 But even at a forward-looking media event, Griffin could not resist sprinting back to his superstar past, if only briefly. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "As Robert Griffin III evolves at QB, Ravens will have to figure out what still works for him," 12 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One of the last days of the trip – the veterans of the American Challenge call this Desert Day – is a 110-mile sprint across the Mojave Desert in California from Needles to Ludlow. Lily Herman, Woman's Day, "My Grandfather's Death Inspired Me to Bike Across America," 26 Feb. 2016 One of the talented Lions who may have scored in the sprints was senior James Green. Craig Clary, baltimoresun.com, "Dulaney boys track and field squad completes dominant spring season," 1 June 2018 In the sprints, Terry Miller of Bulkeley (100, 200, 400) and Andraya Yearwood of Cromwell (100, 200) will be two of the top runners. Lori Riley, courant.com, "High School Track: Area Athletes To Watch In Class M And Class L," 29 May 2018 Also for the Royals, sophomore Noah Malone closed on Guerendo in both sprints, finishing second in 10.70 and 22.00. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Despite upset loss in long jump, Guerendo keeps Avon on track for state title," 24 May 2018 But Tilmon, a Northern Illinois recruit, already had a memorable performance in the sprints, taking first in the 100 (12.04), 400 (55.66) and 200 (24.54). Bob Narang, chicagotribune.com, "More from Morris: Princeton recruit Jalah Morris sets personal record for Zion-Benton in discus to reach state," 11 May 2018 Rather than a year-long event, the streaming service has been streaming in sprints. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Twitch is streaming a Pokémon marathon on Thanksgiving," 21 Nov. 2018 Season 14 were in an all out sprint to the finish line in episode 18. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "'Deadliest Catch' Season 14, Episode 18 recap: Crews race against terrible weather to meet deadlines," 15 Aug. 2018 Tour de France Van Avermaet holds yellow jersey Dutch rider Dylan Groenewegen beat favorites Fernando Gaviria and Peter Sagan in a sprint to win the longest stage of the Tour de France. BostonGlobe.com, "Knee surgery scheduled for Lonzo Ball," 14 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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