sprite

[sprahyt]
noun
Also, spright. an elf, fairy, or goblin.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English sprit < Old French esprit < Latin spīritus spirit

spritehood, noun
spriteless, adjective
spritelike, adjective

spirit, sprite.


See fairy.
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sprite (spraɪt)
 
n
1.  (in folklore) a nimble elflike creature, esp one associated with water
2.  a small dainty person
3.  an icon in a computer game which can be manoeuvred around the screen by means of a joystick, etc
 
[C13: from Old French esprit, from Latin spīritusspirit1]

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Word Origin & History

sprite
c.1300, from O.Fr. esprit "spirit," from L. spiritus (see spirit).
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Sprite definition

operating system
An operating system from Berkeley supporting multiprocessing and distributed files.
[Details? References?]
(1994-10-17)

sprite definition

graphics, file format
A small bitmap image, often used in animated games but also sometimes used as a synonym for icon.
(1997-06-29)

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Example sentences
It's really an atmospheric phenomenon called a sprite.
It's easy to see how that little wood sprite went on to study ecology and fashioned himself into an environmental shock trooper.
Her quick changes of mood indicated that the sprite was infinitely capricious.
Unfortunately, when the sprite tries to reattach the gangster's severed pinky, he puts the thing on backwards.
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