to race or move at full speed, especially for a short distance, as in running, rowing, etc.
to traverse at full speed: 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.
- sprint·er, noun
- out·sprint, verb (used with object)
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How to use sprint in a sentence
Over the course of the event, athletes compete in races of varying distances and techniques—skate, classic, distance, sprint—with only two rest days.
“I think Washington needs to remember this is just not a sprint, this is a marathon unfortunately,” Landwirth said.Small-business loans to big companies prompt Congress to overhaul PPP rules | Jonathan O'Connell, Andrew Van Dam, Aaron Gregg, Alyssa Fowers | December 11, 2020 | Washington Post
The first test I conducted was a circuit that involved sprints, push-ups, and kettlebell swings.
Even though he said he felt fine, he looked as though he had just finished running sprints.‘Like drowning in slow motion’: Life on the ground at one of America’s hardest-hit COVID-19 hospitals | matthewheimer | December 1, 2020 | Fortune
On the interception, Cutcliffe pointed out, Metcalf transitioned from running his route to a dead sprint without hesitation.Seahawks star DK Metcalf is impossible to miss. So how did the NFL miss on him? | Adam Kilgore | November 6, 2020 | Washington Post
And a lesser man, like myself, would have sprinted to the airport and hopped the next flight to Miami.
Carter hopped out of the Humvee and sprinted to the corner of the latrines, where he took a knee.
Our ability to detect disease has sprinted far past our ability to manage it, and the trend shows no signs of letting up.George Bush Gets a Heart Stent—and a Close Brush With Our Broken Health-Care System | Kent Sepkowitz | August 7, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The security guard, a former British special forces veteran, sprinted toward a nearby olive grove.Richard Engel’s Kidnapping: A Behind the Scenes Look | Jamie Dettmer | December 22, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
He has sprinted toward turmoil in war zones, jungles, and disaster areas from Iraq to Peru.
He sprinted over the crest of the hill and thought he heard the sound almost abreast of him, away to the right.Uncanny Tales | Various
Then, when five minutes more of play remained, Trevor gave Clowes an easy opening, and Clowes sprinted between the posts.The Gold Bat | P. G. Wodehouse
Without loss of a second Lieutenant Hal sprinted forward, dashing on to the pier.Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants | H. Irving Hancock
There were men at the engine, and when I sprinted across the yard they were ready to move it out to the main line.The Wreckers | Francis Lynde
Perry hired the man to carry our machines to Phœnix, and Chub and I sprinted after him and got them back.Motor Matt's Daring, or, True to His Friends | Stanley R. Matthews
British Dictionary definitions for sprint
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
- sprinter, noun
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