Part of speech: noun

A small spar for stretching a sail.

Part of speech: noun

The bowsprit.

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Usage examples "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", 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", Robert W. Chambers.
  3. The goodwife was stirring the soup, and the goodman plaiting sprit- binnings for the cows. - "More English Fairy Tales", Various.