Definition of sprint noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//sprɪnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//sprɪnt//
    Athletics, Swimming
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  1. 1a race in which the people taking part run, swim, etc. very fast over a short distance a 100-metre sprint the world sprint champion See related entries: Athletics, Swimming
  2. 2[usually singular] a short period of running, swimming, etc. very fast a sprint for the line a sprint for the bus She won in a sprint finish.
  3. Word Originlate 18th cent. (as a dialect term meaning ‘a bound or spring’): related to Swedish spritta.Extra examples Jamaica won the gold in the sprint relay. Olympic sprint champion Marion Jones Sato just pipped the Kenyan runner in a sprint finish. The Moroccan came out best in a frantic sprint for the line. The runners broke into a sprint a few hundred yards from the finish. This car could comfortably outpace its rivals in a sprint. the 100-metre and 200-metre sprint double It was a sprint for the finishing line.
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