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[sprit] /sprɪt/
noun, Nautical
a small pole or spar crossing a fore-and-aft sail diagonally from the mast to the upper aftermost corner, serving to extend the sail.
before 900; Middle English spret, Old English sprēot; cognate with Dutch, German Spriet; akin to sprout Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for sprit


(nautical) a light spar pivoted at the mast and crossing a fore-and-aft quadrilateral sail diagonally to the peak
Word Origin
Old English spreot; related to Old High German spriuzen to support, Dutch spriet sprit, Norwegian sprӯta
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Word Origin and History for sprit
O.E. spreot "pole," originally "a sprout, shoot, branch," from root of sprout. Cognate with M.Du. spriet, M.L.G. spryet, Ger. spriet, N.Fris. sprit.
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