sprit

noun
\ ˈsprit How to pronounce sprit (audio) \

Definition of sprit

: a spar that crosses a fore-and-aft sail diagonally

First Known Use of sprit

1536, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sprit

Middle English spret, sprit, from Old English sprēot pole, spear; akin to Old English -sprūtan to sprout

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“Sprit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sprit. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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