Definition of sprit in English:

sprit

Syllabification: sprit
Pronunciation: /sprit
 
/

noun

Sailing
A small spar reaching diagonally from low on a mast to the upper outer corner of a sail.
More example sentences
  • Using a longer spar, and attaching it lower down the mast, can allow the sail to be nearly rectangular, the top-front corner being held by the mast alone, and the top-rear by the spar or sprit alone.
  • When the smoke cleared, the Indy was nearly sprit to sprit with the Spanish Frigate.

Origin

Old English sprēot '(punting) pole'; related to sprout.

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