• WordNet 3.6
    • n sprit a light spar that crosses a fore-and-aft sail diagonally
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sprit A shoot; a sprout.
    • n Sprit (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.
    • v. i Sprit To sprout; to bud; to germinate, as barley steeped for malt.
    • v. t Sprit sprĭt To throw out with force from a narrow orifice; to eject; to spurt out.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sprit To sprout; bud; germinate, as barley steeped for malt.
    • sprit To throw out with force from a narrow orifice; eject; spurt.
    • n sprit A sprout; a shoot.
    • n sprit A stick; a pole; especially, a boatman's pole.
    • n sprit Nautical:
    • n sprit 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 snotterand spritsail.
    • n sprit The bowsprit.
    • n sprit A rush: same as sprat, 1.
    • n sprit See the quotation.
    • sprit To split.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sprit sprit (naut.) a spar set diagonally to extend a fore-and-aft sail.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. spret, AS. spreót, a sprit; spear; akin to D. spriet, and E. sprout, sprit, v.t. & i. See Sprout (v. i.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. spreót, a pole; Dut. and Ger. spriet, a bowsprit; conn. with sprout.


In literature:

Likewise they stretched my boom and sprit until the sail set like a board.
"John Barleycorn" by Jack London
Then I removed the sprit, tightly hauling down the peak of the sail, and we raced along under what sailors call a leg-of-mutton.
"The Sea-Wolf" by Jack London
Catharina, commandant of her soldiery, and has his arms flying at her sprit, beside Sta.
"Westward Ho!" by Charles Kingsley
Make a loop at the peak to put the end of sprit into.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, January 1878, No. 3" by Various
Hadn't we better shake-out the sprit-sail; wind's fair abeam.
"Horses Nine" by Sewell Ford
Ring the saints' bell to affright Far from hence the evil sprits.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
Winter has given us leave if we keep inside the Sprit Rock, and I expect he'd let you come if I asked him.
"Follow My leader" by Talbot Baines Reed
Sprit-sails are sometimes used in boats.
"Man on the Ocean" by R.M. Ballantyne
That three-cornered rag from the bow-sprit wont be enough!
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, May 1844" by Various
First he repaired the worn-out sail, then made a new sprit, and refitted the tiller to the rudder head.
"Little By Little" by William Taylor Adams

In poetry:

IT is the latest song of mine
That ever breathes thy name,
False idol of a dream-raised shrine,
Thy very thought is shame,--
Shame that I could my sprit bow
To one so very false as thou.
"The Troubadour. Canto 2" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
But thou, base cunning thiefe, that robs our sprits
Of halfe that span of life which yeares doth giue;
And yet no praise vnto thy selfe it merits,
To make a seeming death in those that liue.
"The Authors Dreame To The Ladie Marie" by Aemilia Lanyer
Yours and hers the free-men
Who scanned the stars and westward sung
When a king commanded and the Atlantic thundered "Nay!"
Hers as yours the pride is, for Drake our first of seamen
First upon his bow-sprit hung
That bunch of English may.
"Drake" by Alfred Noyes

In news:

Driver, broadcaster and author Sam Posey will receive the Sprit of Competition Award from.
A Spring Hill man was convicted Friday on three of 10 counts in a theft and forgery case brought by the state as a result of crimes reported at Free Sprit Farms on Globe Road.
Nelly Furtado The Sprit INdestructable album cover.
Often what happens is that we do not allow the Holy Sprit to work in us because we become full of self-centeredness instead of Christ-centeredness.
A trio of snakes suggestively swarming a red, scantily clad cartoon girl calls attention to an interesting lineup at Low Sprits (2823 Second Street NW) on Friday, Feb 10.
A lack of true, blue sprit .
The Sprit shut out the Wolves 5-0.
Kids at Fruitland Park Library get into sprit by making holiday ornaments.
0All Hallows Eve is only weeks away and what better way to get in the sprit then with a good scare.
Students at DC's Orr Elementary show their school sprit.
However, your coverage does not catch the sprit of what we stand for.
As we get closer to the big day, we are seeing more team-sprit when it comes to Sharon's Walk.

In science:

At a conference on “New Theories of Physics” at Warsaw in 1938, Niels Bohr, the guiding sprit behind the longdominant Copenhagen interpretation of Quantum mechanics, publicly endorsed it after a presentation of it by Von-Neumann.
Hidden Variables, Non Contextuality and Einstein-Locality in Quantum Mechanics
Our approach is in the same sprit as the proof of Theorem 1.2; we interpret the quasi-affineness of G/H in terms of functorial properties of BH → BG.
Recasting results in equivariant geometry: affine cosets, observable subgroups and existence of good quotients