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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or an instance of sprinting, especially a short race at top speed.
  • noun A burst of speed or activity.
  • intransitive verb To move rapidly or at top speed for a brief period, as in running or swimming.
  • intransitive verb To move over (a distance) rapidly or at top speed for a brief period.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A run at full speed, as in a short-distance foot-race.
  • To run at full speed, as in a short-distance footrace.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of sprinting; a run of a short distance at full speed.
  • noun a foot race at the highest running speed; -- usually limited to distances under a quarter of a mile.
  • intransitive verb To run very rapidly; to run at full speed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A short race at top speed
  • noun A burst of speed or activity
  • noun In Agile software development, a period of development of a fixed time that is preceded and followed by meetings.
  • verb transitive, intransitive To run, cycle, etc. at top speed for a short period

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb run very fast, usually for a short distance
  • noun a quick run

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Possibly alteration of Middle English sprenten, to spring up, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish dialectal sprinta and Old Norse spretta, to jump.]

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