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sprint

[sprint] /sprɪnt/
verb (used without object)
1.
to race or move at full speed, especially for a short distance, as in running, rowing, etc.
verb (used with object)
2.
to traverse in sprinting:
to sprint a half mile.
noun
3.
a short race at full speed.
4.
a burst of speed at any point during a long race, as near the finish line.
5.
a brief spell of great activity.
Origin of sprint
1560-1570
1560-70; perhaps continuing Old English *sprintan (compare gesprintan to emit); cognate with Old Norse spretta, Old High German sprinzan to jump up
Related forms
sprinter, noun
outsprint, verb (used with object)
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  • 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

    Nalbro Bartley
  • He broke into a sprint, trying to stay away from the fatal touch.

    The Status Civilization Robert Sheckley
  • You was winnin' all that when you did that sprint for goal your friend Dicky was tellin' about the other day.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • I've just time to drink a glass of wine and sprint for the train.

    The Easiest Way

    Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
British Dictionary definitions for sprint

sprint

/sprɪnt/
noun
1.
(athletics) a short race run at top speed, such as the 100 metres
2.
a fast finishing speed at the end of a longer race, as in running or cycling, etc
3.
any quick run
verb (intransitive)
4.
to go at top speed, as in running, cycling, etc
Derived Forms
sprinter, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Scandinavian; related to Old English gesprintan to emit, Old Norse spretta to jump up, Old High German sprinzan to jump up, Swedish sprata to kick
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Word Origin and History for sprint
v.

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.

n.

1865, from sprint (v.).

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