- a light spar pivoted at the mast and crossing a fore-and-aft quadrilateral sail diagonally to the peak
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Nautical, Naval Termsa small pole or spar crossing a fore-and-aft sail diagonally from the mast to the upper aftermost corner, serving to extend the sail.
- bef. 900; Middle English spret, Old English sprēot; cognate with Dutch, German Spriet; akin to sprout