[ sprint ]
/ sprɪnt /
verb (used without object)
to race or move at full speed, especially for a short distance, as in running, rowing, etc.
verb (used with object)
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
Related formssprint·er, nounout·sprint, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for outsprint (1 of 2)
/ (ˌaʊtˈsprɪnt) /
to run faster than (someone)
British Dictionary definitions for outsprint (2 of 2)
/ (sprɪnt) /
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
Derived Formssprinter, noun
Word Origin for sprint
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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