American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Nautical A pole that extends diagonally across a fore-and-aft sail from the lower part of the mast to the peak of the sail.
- n. Nautical A bowsprit.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To sprout; bud; germinate, as barley steeped for malt.
- To throw out with force from a narrow orifice; eject; spurt.
- n. A sprout; a shoot.
- n. A stick; a pole; especially, a boatman's pole.
- n. Nautical:
- n. A small pole, spar, or boom which crosses the sail of a boat diagonally from the mast to the upper aftmost corner, which it is used to extend and elevate. The lower end of the sprit rests in a becket, called the snotter, which encircles the mast at that place. See cuts under
- n. The bowsprit.
- n. A rush: same as sprat, 1.
- n. See the quotation.
- To split.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To throw out with force from a narrow orifice; to eject; to spurt out.
- v. To sprout; to bud; to germinate, as barley steeped for malt.
- n. obsolete A shoot; a sprout.
- n. (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.
- n. a light spar that crosses a fore-and-aft sail diagonally
- Old English sprēot (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English sprēot, pole; see sper- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“As for your shower, we will all be there in sprit, wishing you and your little family many blessings!”
“The sprit is a long pole, one end of which is fixed to the lowest _innermost_ corner, near the mast, and the other end extending to the highest _outermost_ corner; thus it lies diagonally across the sail.”
“A long kind of sprit was held up, split at the end to receive the letters.”
“If you want to give Israel a passing grade for "sprit" you can.”
“And that’s kind of really good, for us, because there’s a mayor who’s really interested in the arts, and who is very supportive, and there’s an entrepreneurial sprit, which is very creative rather than relying on some big institution.”
“Hegel is neither a theist or an atheist: he is moving to transcend the whole game, and speaks only of 'sprit', a dangerous term that will cause him perhaps to slide back into the morass of the bad dialectic of divinity.”
“Just to add a little bit more, If I am not allowed to carry a sharp object of any kind onto a plane including nail clippers, why can I carry wine a sprit bottles.”
“And as a feminine sprit, gay males are allowed to imitate and worship her.”
“In the sprit of change the Not Boyfriend and I swapped sides of the bed a while ago.”
“I have lot's of harding working people become rich by their hard work and now the gov't wants kill that sprit. johnnie”
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