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 Mustangs had only eight rushing yards on their first eight running plays, allowing OSU to sprint to a 21-7 lead. oregonlive, "Oregon State offense overwhelms Cal Poly as Beavers roll 45-7: Game at a glance," 14 Sep. 2019 The fourth race, Leg C at Golden Gate, has 13 starter allowance fillies and mares set to sprint five furlongs on the turf. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Racing! More on Justify’s positive drug test," 13 Sep. 2019 Footage widely shared on social media showed the suicide bomber's vehicle turning into the checkpoint and exploding — and a passer-by trying to sprint away just seconds before. Tameem Akhgar, Fox News, "American service member among at least 12 killed in Taliban suicide attack in Kabul," 6 Sep. 2019 Surveillance footage showed the bomber's vehicle turning into a checkpoint and exploding — and a passer-by trying to sprint away just seconds before the blast. Tameem Akhgar, chicagotribune.com, "U.S. soldier, Afghanistan civilians killed in Taliban car bomb attack in Kabul," 5 Sep. 2019 The prank prompted Michael to sprint off the stage. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'GMA' Star Michael Strahan Speaks Out After "Hurting Himself" From Sprinting Off Stage," 15 Aug. 2019 The scene looks grim until a 19-year-old man appears to sprint across the neighborhood to intervene. Lauren Landrum, CNN, "Must-watch videos of the week," 26 July 2019 But on June 23, Rousteing—and the rest of his Balmain Army—will be able to sprint and squat in the City of Light with the opening of Barry’s first Paris location. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Olivier Rousteing Unveils a Partnership with Barry’s Bootcamp," 21 June 2019 Animal rights advocates call the sport cruel, with horses forced to sprint at risky speeds and to take medications that can lead to breakdowns. Vanessa Hua, SFChronicle.com, "The curious power of a day at the races," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But the Dodgers had positioned left fielder Chris Taylor toward the gap against the left-handed hitting Francisco Mejia, forcing him to make a long sprint and the ball bounced in front of his dive. Los Angeles Times, "Kenley Jansen blows another save, but Dodgers still come on top in extras," 28 Aug. 2019 Watson cemented his status among the sport’s greats with a memorable final drive, ending it with a sprint out and a last-second touchdown pass for Clemson’s first national title since 1981. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "The Greatest Individual Game Performances in College Football History," 12 Aug. 2019 Everything has been leading up to it -- all the training in the summer, the sprints and weightlifting. Evan Dudley, al, "7 things to look for as UAB starts fall camp," 1 Aug. 2019 The Indians seemed headed for a teardown this season, but finished the first half on a 21-8 sprint and now lead for the second A.L. wild-card spot. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "An All-Star Night for Indians, and Ex-Indians," 10 July 2019 Jones’ accolades include the Olympic medal, a win at the 2006 Ironman World Championship, plus world titles at the sprint and Olympic distances. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Toland, Jones win San Diego International Triathlon," 24 June 2019 Golovin led the game on total distance covered, most sprints and top speed. James Ellingworth, The Seattle Times, "Russia tries to shake off doping scandals at World Cup," 3 July 2018 While the team has been known for its distance runners, Dillard said the team placed high qualifiers in other events, including sprints and field categories. Steve Bittenbender, The Courier-Journal, "Streaks abound - both good and bad - at state track and field meet," 16 May 2018 UConn football’s defense forced only two turnovers during Thursday’s practice, one fewer than the unit’s goal for the day, which was supposed to trigger a round of post-practice sprints. Alex Putterman, courant.com, "Randy Edsall, UConn football team enjoy punt-catching challenge as training camp comes to end," 15 Aug. 2019

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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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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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