American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small or elusive supernatural being; an elf or pixie.
- n. An elflike person.
- n. A specter or ghost.
- n. Archaic A soul.
- n. Meteorology A large, dim, red flash that appears above active thunderstorms in conjunction with lightning.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The breath; the vital principle; the spirit.
- n. A disembodied soul; a ghost; a shade.
- n. An elf; a fairy; a goblin.
- n. The faculty of thought and feeling; the wit; the mind.
- n. Frame of mind; mood; humor; spirits: sometimes in the plural.
- To haunt, as a sprite.
- n. A short arrow intended to be fired from a musket.
- n. The green woodpecker, Gecinus viridis. Also wood-spite, wood-spack. See cut under popinjay.
- n. A beach-crab, especially Ocypoda arenaria.
- n. mythology A spirit; a soul; a shade; also, an apparition.
- n. mythology An elf; a fairy; a goblin.
- n. The green woodpecker, or yaffle.
- n. computer graphics A two-dimensional image or animation that is integrated into a larger scene.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A spirit; a soul; a shade; also, an apparition. See spright.
- n. An elf; a fairy; a goblin.
- n. (Zoöl.) The green woodpecker, or yaffle.
- n. a small being, human in form, playful and having magical powers
- From Old French esprit (spirit). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English spreit, from Old French esprit, from Latin spīritus; see spirit. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“So, we kind of quickly threw away the notion of sprite flicker and all these things that would be very problematic or limits that we'd have to impose on ourselves for gameplay.”
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