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.
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How to use sprit in a sentence
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 | Michael Daly | May 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“It goes against the whole sprit of the Constitution,” King says of the effort to undo Obamacare.Peter King: I Did My Best to Fight the Cruz Crazies | Michael Daly | October 1, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Story of Anvil, which was voted Best Documentary at the Independent sprit Awards.
They had already made a step and sprit, and, with a calico sail hoisted, the frail craft ran before a light breeze.The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
The sight of the cross on the bow-sprit delighted the natives and assured the travellers of a hearty welcome.The Jesuits, 1534-1921 | Thomas J. Campbell
I shall rig a new sprit; there's the boat-hook, which will make a very good one; it is just the right length.Little By Little | William Taylor Adams
First he repaired the worn-out sail, then made a new sprit, and refitted the tiller to the rudder head.Little By Little | William Taylor Adams
The goodwife was stirring the soup, and the goodman plaiting sprit-binnings for the cows.More English Fairy Tales | Various
British Dictionary definitions for sprit
nautical a light spar pivoted at the mast and crossing a fore-and-aft quadrilateral sail diagonally to the peak
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