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sprite

División en sílabas: sprite
Pronunciación: /sprīt
 
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Definición de sprite en inglés:

sustantivo

1An elf or fairy.
Example sentences
  • In England the hobgoblin was as helpful a sprite as the brownie and was also known as Robin Goodfellow or Puck.
  • At first, he thought he had finally lost his mind, and was seeing faeries and sprites.
  • They were once the ancient guardians of the forests, along with dryads and sprites.
Sinónimos
2A computer graphic that may be moved on-screen and otherwise manipulated as a single entity.
Example sentences
  • It was a CD for kids, which used cartoon sprites to teach basic computing skills.
  • The graphics are 2D sprites and tiled backgrounds instead of a 3D engine that most modern games use.
  • The computer sprites can't yet convey enough emotion for you to care about them.
3A faint flash, typically red, sometimes emitted in the upper atmosphere over a thunderstorm owing to the collision of high-energy electrons with air molecules.
Example sentences
  • Occurring in the middle of the atmosphere, red sprites look like the stems of carrots, while blue jets are small streaks of light with flared ends like the horn of trumpet.
  • TGFs have been correlated with lightning strikes and may be related to visible phenomena that occur in the upper atmosphere over thunderstorms, such as red sprites and blue jets.
  • Space controllers are aware of unusual atmospheric phenomena called sprites, a form of lightning that flashes into space above thunder clouds.

Origen

Middle English: alteration of sprit, a contraction of spirit.

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  • spirit from (Middle English):

    Our word spirit is based on Latin spiritus ‘breath or spirit’, from spirare ‘to breathe’—the ancient Romans believed that the human soul had been ‘breathed’ into the body—the image is the same as ‘the breath of life’. The sense ‘strong distilled alcoholic drink’ comes from the use in alchemy of spirit to mean ‘a liquid essence extracted from some substance’. People sometimes say the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak when they have good intentions but yield to temptation and fail to live up to them. The source is the New Testament, where Jesus uses the phrase after finding his disciples asleep in the Garden of Gethsemane despite telling them that they should stay awake. Spirare forms the basis of numerous English words including aspire (mid 16th century) from adspirare ‘to breath upon, seek to reach’; conspire (Late Middle English) from conspirare ‘to breath together, agree’; expire (late 16th century) ‘to breath out’; inspire (Late Middle English) ‘breath into’ from the idea that a divine or outside power has inspired you; and perspire (mid 17th century) ‘to breath through’; and transpire (Late Middle English) ‘breath across. In English spirit was shortened to sprite (Middle English) which in turn developed sprightly (late 16th century).

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