- 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 sprinter
He is also hoping to watch the Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, who he met while visiting Jamaica.Royal Round Up: Harry's New Girl and Royal Olympic Plans
July 22, 2012
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.The Grammar School Boys of Gridley
H. Irving Hancock
- 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 sprinter
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.).