A small spar reaching diagonally from 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.
Old English sprēot '(punting) pole'; related to sprout.
Definition of sprit in:
- The US English dictionary