† sprent, n.2
b. Chiefly English regional (northern). A spot, mark, or stain as caused by a liquid being splashed or sprinkled. Cf. sprent v. 2b.In quot. 1860: a small droplet or splash; perhaps influenced by sprent adj. 1b.
a. A hinged or sprung clasp or hasp on a door, chest, etc., which may be secured by a bolt or by turning a key in a lock, and which springs open when unlocked.Earliest in figurative context.
b. A spring or similar component forming part of a mechanism. Also figurative.
c. English regional (northern). A snare of a sort used for catching birds; = sprint n.1 1.
a. A quick or sudden movement; a jump, a spring; a start. Also: a short burst of effort. Cf. sprint n.2 1.
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