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sprite

1. (in folklore) a nimble elflike creature, esp one associated with water
2. an icon in a computer game which can be manoeuvred around the screen by means of a joystick, etc.

sprite

[sprīt]
(meteorology)
A transient illumination that can appear over a laterally extensive thunderstorm, with a red body about 20 kilometers (12 miles) in diameter, extending up to an altitude of 85-90 kilometers (51-54 miles), and blue tendrils extending down to an altitude of about 45 kilometers (27 miles).

Sprite

(operating system)
An operating system from Berkeley supporting multiprocessing and distributed files.

sprite

(graphics, file format)
A small bitmap image, often used in animated games but also sometimes used as a synonym for icon.

sprite

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.
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