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Meaning of SPRIT

Pronunciation:  sprit

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a light spar that crosses a fore-and-aft sail diagonally

SPRIT is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 See Also: spar, spritsail



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sprit\, v. t. [Akin to G. spritzen, spr["u]tzen. See
    {Sprit}, v. i.]
    To throw out with force from a narrow orifice; to eject; to
    spurt out. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne.
  2. \Sprit\, v. i. [AS. spryttan to sprout, but. See {Sprout},
    v. i., and cf. {Spurt}, v. t., Sprit a spar.]
    To sprout; to bud; to germinate, as barley steeped for malt.
  3. \Sprit\, n.
    A shoot; a sprout. [Obs.] --Mortimer.
  4. \Sprit\, n. [OE. spret, AS. spre['o]t a sprit; spear; akin
    to D. spriet, and E. sprout, sprit, v.t. & i. See {Sprout},
    v. i.] (Naut.)
    A small boom, pole, or spar, which crosses the sail of a boat
    diagonally from the mast to the upper aftmost corner, which
    it is used to extend and elevate.