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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dash, sprintverb

    a quick run

  2. sprintverb

    run very fast, usually for a short distance


  1. sprintnoun

    A short race at top speed

  2. sprintnoun

    A burst of speed or activity

  3. sprintnoun

    In , a period of development of a fixed time that is preceded and followed by meetings.

  4. sprintverb

    To run, cycle, etc. at top speed for a short period

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sprintverb

    to run very rapidly; to run at full speed

    Etymology: [Cf. Sprunt.]

  2. Sprintnoun

    the act of sprinting; a run of a short distance at full speed

    Etymology: [Cf. Sprunt.]


  1. Sprint

    Sprints are short running events in athletics and track and field. Races over short distances are among the oldest running competitions. The first 13 editions of the Ancient Olympic Games featured only one event—the stadion race, which was a race from one end of the stadium to the other. There are three sprinting events which are currently held at the Summer Olympics and outdoor World Championships: the 100 metres, 200 metres, and 400 metres. These events have their roots in races of imperial measurements which were later altered to metric: the 100 m evolved from the 100 yard dash, the 200 m distances came from the furlong, and the 400 m was the successor to the 440 yard dash or quarter-mile race. At the professional level, sprinters begin the race by assuming a crouching position in the starting blocks before leaning forward and gradually moving into an upright position as the race progresses and momentum is gained. The set position differs depending on the start. Body alignment is of key importance in producing the optimal amount of force. Ideally the athlete should begin in a 4-point stance and push off using both legs for maximum force production. Athletes remain in the same lane on the running track throughout all sprinting events, with the sole exception of the 400 m indoors. Races up to 100 m are largely focused upon acceleration to an athlete's maximum speed. All sprints beyond this distance increasingly incorporate an element of endurance. Human physiology dictates that a runner's near-top speed cannot be maintained for more than 30–35 seconds due to the accumulation of lactic acid in muscles.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sprint

    sprint, n. a short-distance race at full speed.—v.i. to run at full speed—also Sprent.—ns. Sprin′ter, a short-distance runner in races; Sprin′ting; Sprint′-race; Sprint′-run′ner. [Cf. Spurt.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sprint in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sprint in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of sprint in a Sentence

  1. Diane Swonk:

    What many once hoped would be a sprint has become a marathon of a pandemic with the finish line a mirage, the risk of a policy misstep and a premature end to this business cycle is rising.

  2. Francois Pervis:

    At the beginning I was only thinking about retaining one title but now I'm on the right path, i've done the treble once, why not twice. I'm determined to win the sprint.

  3. Irishman Sam Bennett:

    It was a tough final for a bunch sprint, there were two guys up front. I didn't know how much energy they had left so I went early because I didn't want to let the stage get away from me.

  4. France German Andre Greipel:

    Two victories, it's great, the whole team worked well for this sprint. It was the first bunch sprint, it's interesting... with 300 metres I thought I was boxed in but I saw an opening and went for it.

  5. Billie Jean King:

    The pursuit of equality is a marathon not a sprint, and this lawsuit has generated a meaningful conversation about the treatment of women in sports, one ruling does not diminish its impact.

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