Definition of sprit in English:

sprit

noun

Sailing
  • A small spar reaching diagonally from low on a mast to the upper outer corner of a sail.

    • ‘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.

Pronunciation:

sprit

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