from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A small stream or creek.


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  • Field-Cornet Jaapie Kriege, who was afterwards killed, with about 35 burghers, was trying to cut off the enemy from a "spruit" - drift; the attack was a very brave one, but our men ventured too far, and would all have been captured had not the other side been so much in a hurry to get away from us.

    My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War P. [Illustrator] Van Breda 1892

  • The descent to the spruit, which is often a short, steep pitch and is then called a donga, needs careful driving, and the ascent up the opposite bank is for a heavy waggon a matter of great difficulty.

    Impressions of South Africa James Bryce Bryce 1880

  • By the side of every "spruit" or brook one sees clumps of tall arum lilies filling every little water-washed hollow in the brook, and the ferns which make each ditch and water-course green and plumy have a separate shady beauty of their own.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 100, April, 1876 Various

  • Before we had reached the "spruit," [105] and while crossing it, the burghers had kept pushing ahead and crowds had even passed us, but the enemy's fire checked them and they wheeled round.

    Three Years' War Christiaan Rudolf De Wet 1888

  • Hour after hour the waggon proceeded on through the same monotonous style of country, until towards evening, no other more convenient spot being found, a halt was called near one of the mounds which have been described, and close by which ran a small "spruit," or stream, affording the weary oxen sufficient water to quench their thirst.

    Hendricks the Hunter The Border Farm, a Tale of Zululand William Henry Giles Kingston 1847

  • "spruit" or brook at the bottom of the garden, and the sweet song of the Cape canary, the same sort of greenish finch which is the parent stock of all our canaries, and whose acquaintance I first made in

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 100, April, 1876 Various

  • Radioactive levels three times higher than permitted have been found in vegetables grown in wetlands in the Wonderfontein spruit area between Randfontein and Potchefstroom, Beeld newspaper reported on

    ANC Daily News Briefing 2008

  • The police then moved in the direction of Orlando East and parked at the open veld off the spruit.

    'I Saw a Nightmare …' Doing Violence to Memory: The Soweto Uprising, June 16, 1976 2005

  • The lack of health facilities presented an immediate risk to life, as did the possibility of contracting water-borne diseases from the spruit that flowed through the property.

    ANC Daily News Briefing 2001

  • He said the houses were close to a spruit overflowing its banks, but the nearby location was situated on a higher level and were not in danger at the moment.

    ANC Daily News Briefing 2000


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  • What praise has this rivulet due it

    That dies if the dew not renew it?

    But readers are fickle

    And even this trickle

    Gains charm if you call it a spruit.

    June 6, 2018

  • Very good, and bonus points for use of rivulet.

    June 7, 2018