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Sprent

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sprent sprĕnt p. p. of Sprenge. Sprinkled. "All the ground with purple blood was sprent .""When spreynd was holy water."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sprent To leap; bound; dart.
    • sprent Preterit and past participle of spreng.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Sprent sprent sprinkled.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. sprengen (pa.t. sprente)—A.S. sprengan, to cause to spring.

Usage

In literature:

The third is from Solomon Sprent, a retired seaman, for whom I have an affection and respect.
"Micah Clarke" by Arthur Conan Doyle
What then shall hinder but a roscid aire With gentle heat each where be 'sperst and sprent.
"Democritus Platonissans" by Henry More
He has shagged the steep with its cedars, and be-sprent the meadow with its king-cups and daisies.
"Recitations for the Social Circle" by James Clarence Harvey
He turned to find the great tear-sprent eyes of Marjorie staring at him.
"Excuse Me!" by Rupert Hughes
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In poetry:

There, as the flaming occident
Burned slowly down to ashes gray,
Night pitched o'erhead her silent tent,
And glimmering gold from Hesper sprent
Upon the darkened river lay,
"An Invitation" by James Russell Lowell