sprite

noun
\ ˈsprīt How to pronounce sprite (audio) \
plural sprites

Definition of sprite

1a : elf, fairy
b : an elfish person
2a : a disembodied spirit : ghost
b archaic : soul
3 : a form of electrical discharge that sometimes is emitted upwards from the top of a cumulonimbus cloud during a thunderstorm at the same time that lightning strikes downward and that usually appears as a red or reddish-orange flash of light Atmospheric scientist Walter Lyons and his colleagues … noticed unusual behavior in storms over the plains: They triggered huge numbers of "sprites"—ghostly red glows of excited nitrogen molecules often seen high above violent storms.— Robert Irion

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the child insisted that he'd seen a sprite hiding in the garden told hair-raising stories of sprites and spectral ships
Recent Examples on the Web Yet in this film, where a convenience store is filled with sprites (the supernatural creatures, not the soda), defying animated expectations succeeds in expanding the feel of the Pixar movies. Brian Truitt, Detroit Free Press, "Pixar magic moves ‘Onward’ upward," 5 Mar. 2020 The result, for most standard SNES games, is the complete removal of the infamous frame rate slowdown that showed up when too many sprites clogged up the screen. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "“Blast processing” in 2019: How an SNES emulator solved overclocking," 10 Aug. 2019 Yet in this film, where a convenience store is filled with sprites (the supernatural creatures, not the soda), defying animated expectations succeeds in expanding the feel of the Pixar movies. Brian Truitt, Detroit Free Press, "Pixar magic moves ‘Onward’ upward," 5 Mar. 2020 Yet in this film, where a convenience store is filled with sprites (the supernatural creatures, not the soda), defying animated expectations succeeds in expanding the feel of the Pixar movies. Brian Truitt, Detroit Free Press, "Pixar magic moves ‘Onward’ upward," 5 Mar. 2020 Yet in this film, where a convenience store is filled with sprites (the supernatural creatures, not the soda), defying animated expectations succeeds in expanding the feel of the Pixar movies. Brian Truitt, Detroit Free Press, "Pixar magic moves ‘Onward’ upward," 5 Mar. 2020 Yet in this film, where a convenience store is filled with sprites (the supernatural creatures, not the soda), defying animated expectations succeeds in expanding the feel of the Pixar movies. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: Pixar's charming fantasy 'Onward' mixes laughs and tears with sword and sorcery," 21 Feb. 2020 Doesn’t make sense to compare a little sprite of a U.S. senator to a giraffe. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Gerth: Rand Paul's me-first mentality exposed the US Senate to coronavirus," 23 Mar. 2020 Say goodbye to cheaply implemented 2D sprites mixed into the 3D antics. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Animal Crossing: New Horizons review: A quarantined life has never been cuter," 16 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of sprite

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

History and Etymology for sprite

Middle English sprit, from Anglo-French espriz, espirit spirit, sprite — more at spirit

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The first known use of sprite was in the 14th century

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31 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sprite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sprite. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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sprite

noun
How to pronounce sprite (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sprite

in stories : a small creature that has magical powers : an elf or fairy

sprite

noun
\ ˈsprīt How to pronounce sprite (audio) \

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