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

The preview opens with Stark, sweaty, bloodied, and out of breath, sprinting down the halls and checking behind her back. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "There's a Crazy Theory Explaining Why Arya Stark Was Running in the Game of Thrones Season 8 Trailer," 8 Mar. 2019 As the team’s members jostled to find shade under a canop, WARR’s pod sprinted to peak speed of 290 mph (466 kmh) — a new global record. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "SpaceX’s hyperloop race was all about ‘maximum speed’ (and celebrating Elon Musk)," 28 July 2018 In the fifth, Fuentes doubled to lead things and sprinted over to third base on a wild pitch before racing home on a sacrifice fly by Ledezma. Gary Curreri, Sun-Sentinel.com, "North Springs Little League Senior Division All-Stars capture state title," 10 July 2018 The ship is powered by diesel engines powering an electric propulsion system, giving it a cruising speed of 25 knots and the ability to sprint between 30 and 35 knots. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China's New Frigate Design Looks Awfully Familiar," 23 Feb. 2017 In Agu’s case, a coach had the athletes grasp a single, heavy rope while sprinting up and down a steep hill 10 times. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, "Cal scrapped probe of football program promised after 2014 death of player," 31 May 2018 Our Soviet allies lost 27 million people fighting Nazi Germany, their nation reduced to ashes and rubble; Americans lost 418,500 while the economy boomed, giving the United States a sprinting start in the Cold War. Caitlin Fitz, WSJ, "‘A Nation Forged by Crisis’ Review: Part of the Wider World After All," 30 Nov. 2018 Like recently when Trading Spaces host Paige Davis sprinted down the halls of a hotel room and took out costar Doug Wilson. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "[UPDATED] Doug Wilson Explains His Trading Spaces Costar Didn't Injure Him After All," 14 Oct. 2018 For the past five months, the House and Senate have been sprinting to pass all 12 of their annual spending bills before the September deadline. Republicans know government shutdowns are very unpopular. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "The Senate is desperate to avoid another government shutdown — but Trump isn’t," 24 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 On this night, the Lynx enjoyed the last meaningful sprint: the one to their fans gathered near the fence for a closer look. Matt Nevala, Anchorage Daily News, "Lynx get their kicks in state-championship win over Colony boys," 27 May 2018 Rogers, who ran professionally indoors this year and anchored Team USA to the world record in the sprint medley relay at last week's Penn Relays, has continued to live in Eugene while completing work on her degree. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "Devon Allen and Raevyn Rogers put on a show at the Oregon Twilight track meet," 4 May 2018 The wins were part of a four-win day for Patnode, who also was part of the team’s victorious 400 and 400 sprint medley relays. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee-area girls track and field honor roll, athletes and team of the week," 3 May 2018 Smith also ran one of the 200-meter legs Friday on the Tigers’ winning sprint medley relay team. Joe Juliano, Philly.com, "Johnny Gregoreks returns to Penn Relays, posts sub-4-minute mile time," 28 Apr. 2018 The Cougars' sprint medley team of Yasmine Steele, Irene Arinze, Bre Rowland and Duck clocked a 4:12.24 to lead the pack. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Cinco Ranch, Strake Jesuit lead Bubba Fife Relays," 9 Mar. 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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