Definition of sprite in English:


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Pronunciation: /sprʌɪt


  • 2A computer graphic which may be moved on-screen and otherwise manipulated as a single entity.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.


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

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