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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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  • Emetic was the fastest sprinter there that day; a sprinter, not a stayer.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • Withrow, hearing this, was off like a sprinter who hears the signal.

  • Like a sprinter his volition was fixed on a goal, beyond which lay collapse.

    Blazed Trail Stories Stewart Edward White
  • I was like a sprinter that breasts the tape, only to be carried fainting from the field.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • Then he rose, crouchingly, next made a sprinter's start and bolted.

  • "You're more of a sprinter than a shooter, if I'm any judge," said Locke.

    Isle o' Dreams Frederick F. Moore
  • Can any sprinter, carrying the same weights, surpass this achievement?

  • In this play he had to move and he proved he was no sprinter.

    Nat Goodwin's Book Nat C. Goodwin
  • Indeed I was built more like a "quarter-miler" than a sprinter.

    At Start and Finish William Lindsey
British Dictionary definitions for sprinter

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 sprinter

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.

sprint

n.

1865, from sprint (v.).

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