- 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
Examples from the Web for sprinted
And a lesser man, like myself, would have sprinted to the airport and hopped the next flight to Miami.No Mas Democracia
February 19, 2014
Carter hopped out of the Humvee and sprinted to the corner of the latrines, where he took a knee.Ty Carter Awarded Medal of Honor
David Eisler, Jake Tapper
August 31, 2013
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
August 7, 2013
The security guard, a former British special forces veteran, sprinted toward a nearby olive grove.Richard Engel’s Kidnapping: A Behind the Scenes Look
December 22, 2012
He has sprinted toward turmoil in war zones, jungles, and disaster areas from Iraq to Peru.A Day in the Life of a Danger Junkie
November 19, 2012
And so Max sprinted more or less whenever he had the chance.With Trapper Jim in the North Woods
Lawrence J. Leslie
Kirkwood planked down the fare, swore, and sprinted for the carriages.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
I climbed out slowly while Ned sprinted there in seconds flat.Arm of the Law
Dennison saw them, swerved suddenly and sprinted across the street.Forever
The car rolled on in the darkness while Stan sprinted along the hedge.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
- 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
Word Origin and History for sprinted
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.).