- The definition of a sprite is an imaginary being or spirit.
An example of a sprite is a fairy.
sprite definition by Webster's New World
- Folklore an imaginary being or spirit, as a fairy, elf, or goblin
- an elflike person
- Archaic a ghost
Origin: Middle English sprit ; from Old French esprit ; from Classical Latin spiritus, spirit
sprite definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A small or elusive supernatural being; an elf or pixie.
- An elflike person.
- A specter or ghost.
- Archaic A soul.
- Meteorology A large, dim, red flash that appears above active thunderstorms in conjunction with lightning.
Origin: Middle English spreit, from Old French esprit, from Latin spīritus; see Spirit .
sprite - Computer Definition
An independent graphic object controlled by its own bit plane (area of memory). Commonly used in video games, sprites move freely across the screen, passing by, through and colliding with each other. Programming sprites is easier than programming an object to move around on the same plane as other objects.