- 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
1560–70; perhaps continuing Old English *sprintan (compare gesprintan to emit); cognate with Old Norse spretta, Old High German sprinzan to jump up
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- to run faster than (someone)
- 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
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 outsprint
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.).
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