What does the word sprit mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • A small spar for stretching a sail.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • The bowsprit.

Usage examples for sprit

  1. The mate then stepped the mast, and fitted the sprit to the sail, knowing that the latter would be seen fluttering in the wind by those on the wreck, and carry joy to their hearts. – Jack Tier or The Florida Reef by James Fenimore Cooper
  2. Dressing, I saw the jack flying straight in the sea- wind and a schooner in the North River heeled over and scudding south, with a white necklace of foam trailing from her sprit back along half her water- line. – The Reckoning by Robert W. Chambers
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