- to race or move at full speed, especially for a short distance, as in running, rowing, etc.
- to traverse in sprinting: to sprint a half mile.
- a short race at full speed.
- a burst of speed at any point during a long race, as near the finish line.
- a brief spell of great activity.
Origin of sprint
Examples from the Web for sprint
When you hit a throttle on a sprint car, the car sets sideways.Homicide or Accident in Tony Stewart’s NASCAR Scandal?
August 11, 2014
For this reason, the CDC says its response will be more of a “marathon” than a sprint.CDC Calls Ebola Outbreak ‘Forest Fire’
July 28, 2014
In the late 1990s, Christie went on a sprint to prove his goodwill to the Bush family.Chris Christie’s YOLO Attitude for 2016
May 15, 2014
The results of the sprint matter; only the top 60 finishers qualify for the next event, pursuit.
Sprint: Athletes run around trying to get a cellphone signal.
Not so quick on a sprint—you find that yourself, Munro, eh what?The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
It is like unhandcuffing a prisoner and saying: “Sprint a bit, I can catch up to you.”The Gorgeous Girl
He broke into a sprint, trying to stay away from the fatal touch.The Status Civilization
You was winnin' all that when you did that sprint for goal your friend Dicky was tellin' about the other day.Torchy
I've just time to drink a glass of wine and sprint for the train.The Easiest Way
Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
- athletics a short race run at top speed, such as the 100 metres
- a fast finishing speed at the end of a longer race, as in running or cycling, etc
- any quick run
- to go at top speed, as in running, cycling, etc
Word Origin and History for sprint
1560s, "to spring, dart," from Old Norse spretta "to jump up." Meaning "to run a short distance at full speed" first recorded 1871. Related: Sprinted; sprinting.
1865, from sprint (v.).