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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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Each character is designed to look like his/her original sprite. Mario, Peach, Luigi and the gang all come in the same 8-bit sprites when "Super Mario Bros." was first released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985.
In Scratch, Sprites are visual elements that we can program and control.
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Xar, son of Encanzo the Enchanter, King of Wizards, whose magic hasn't come in yet, rides his Snowcat into the warrior-run Badwoods (followed by an entourage of wolves, sprites and a giant called Crusher), with a plan to catch a witch and steal its magic for himself.
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Rather than launching one, several of these 'Sprites' prototype space probes were launched into low Earth orbit on June 23, according to Breakthrough Initiative, a privately funded program set up in 2015 that aims to search for extraterrestrial intelligence within at least 10 years.
WOOD SPRITES provides a new sequel to TINKER, and it's recommended that readers pursue the first for a smooth transition before turning to this latest story.
A troupe of copper tressed sprites marching across both leaves of the frontispiece set the scene for the fun to follow.
This isn't an easy book, so if you want to build some interesting games using "sprites,'' there are other places to go: If you do a Web search on "sprite games,'' you will find instructions and simple games from Microsoft and the UCLA computer department.
The Windvale Sprites by Mackenzie Crook This book is about a boy called Asa Brown and his quest to help the Windvale sprites get back what is rightfully theirs.
The sprites move and enact the actions specified in the scripts on the stage.
In 1989, scientists discovered a new kind of lightning--super bolts they named sprites. Sprites shoot up from the clouds toward space.