- a small pole or spar crossing a fore-and-aft sail diagonally from the mast to the upper aftermost corner, serving to extend the sail.
Origin of sprit
before 900; Middle English spret, Old English sprēot; cognate with Dutch, German Spriet; akin to sprout
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Examples from the Web for sprit
She felt sure his sprit approved when she married her lover last year.A True Tough Guy: The Mafia, Gays, and Michael Sam’s Boyfriend
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I'll try and set the mainsail on her with the remains of the sprit.The Fortunes Of Glencore
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In this case the sprit requires little shifting or attention.Man on the Ocean
The ends of the sprit in the foresail project at the luff and leach.
Fit the loop in the notch in the lower end of the sprit, and the sail is set.
The sheet is attached to the end of the sprit (Figs. 164-168).
- nautical a light spar pivoted at the mast and crossing a fore-and-aft quadrilateral sail diagonally to the peak
Old English spreot; related to Old High German spriuzen to support, Dutch spriet sprit, Norwegian sprӯta
Word Origin and History for sprit
Old English spreot "pole," originally "a sprout, shoot, branch," from root of sprout. Cognate with Middle Dutch spriet, Middle Low German spryet, German spriet, North Frisian sprit.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper