sprit

[sprit]
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.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English spret, Old English sprēot; cognate with Dutch, German Spriet; akin to sprout

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sprit (sprɪt)
 
n
nautical a light spar pivoted at the mast and crossing a fore-and-aft quadrilateral sail diagonally to the peak
 
[Old English spreot; related to Old High German spriuzen to support, Dutch spriet sprit, Norwegian sprӯta]

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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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Community leaders nurture entrepreneurial sprit and foster successful partnerships.
Employers must be educated to comply with the letter and sprit of the law.
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