from The Century Dictionary.

  • Preterit and past participle of spreng.
  • To leap; bound; dart.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • p. p. of sprenge. Sprinkled.


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  • And when he was asleep him thought there came from heaven a great company of angels, and alighted into the ship, and took water which was brought by an angel, in a vessel of silver, and sprent all the ship.

    Le Morte d'Arthur: Sir Thomas Malory's book of King Arthur and of his noble knights of the Round table 2003

  • And the fatherlye man then hauinge his face all be sprent with teares, sayde: “Praysed be the name of GOD, that he hath giuen mee the grace before I dye, to see so great a Lorde in my poore house, of whom I am both the subiecte and neighbour.”

    The Palace of Pleasure, Volume 1 William Painter

  • Adelasia be sprent all with teares, was in an extasy or traunce.

    The Palace of Pleasure, Volume 1 William Painter

  • The stars that sprent the firmament when overly stelliferous --

    Tobogganing on Parnassus 1920

  • And thus, kneeling upon the flower-sprent turf hand in hand and with heads reverently bowed, they were wed, while the six outlaws stared in silent awe and the meek ass cropped the grass busily.

    The Geste of Duke Jocelyn Jeffery Farnol 1915

  • And now instead of bursting forth into cries of delighted wonder, as I had expected, my companion stood mute and still, her hands tight-clasped, viewing now the splendour of these falling waters, now the foam-sprent deeps below, like one quite dumbfounded.

    Black Bartlemy's Treasure Jeffery Farnol 1915

  • Over the foamy tops of the waves, and their foam-sprent sides,

    Their Wedding Journey William Dean Howells 1878

  • But O, build it strong and stanch, And to the lines and the treacherous rocks look well as you launch Over the foamy tops of the waves, and their foam-sprent sides, Over the hidden reefs, and through the embattled tides, Onward rushes the raft, with many a lurch and leap, -- Lord! if it strike him loose from the hold he scarce can keep!

    Complete March Family Trilogy William Dean Howells 1878

  • The spear of Spanish spilbery sprent with spiteful spots,

    A Select Collection of Old English Plays, Volume 1 William Carew Hazlitt 1873

  • Paris, looking like a patch of star-sprent sky that had fallen upon the black earth, seemed to him to wear a forbidding aspect, as though angry at his return.

    The Fat and the Thin ��mile Zola 1871


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