Browse Definitions :
Definition

sprite

Contributor(s): Catherine Werst

A sprite is a fairy or an elf. Derived from the Latin spiritus or spirit, it also once meant "soul" or "ghost."

1) On the Web and in multimedia productions, a sprite is a graphic image, usually animated, that a user can interact with and move around. The term is also sometimes used to simply refer to an animated GIF with spritelike features.

In multimedia presentations and Web sites that use multimedia, a sprite is usually an individually animated element in a larger graphic image or set of images. There are special editors for developing sprites that let you specify rules for their behavior: how they can be moved and what should happen when they interact with other graphic elements. Sprites are frequently part of game technology and some games basically consist of a sprite and its rules for moving within a graphic background (think of a ball in a pin-ball machine). On the Web, this kind of sprite may require downloading a plug-in .

2) In meteorology, a sprite is a phenomenon that occurs at the top of some thunderclouds, a very large but only briefly observable red flash. Because of the difficulty of being in a position to observe them and their short life, sprites were not discovered until recently. To observe one, the thunderclouds need to be on the distant horizon against a night background. They occur infrequently and randomly. You can learn more about them on the Web.

3) A Sprite is a famous sports car model from the British car maker, Austin-Healey.

This was last updated in April 2005

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

File Extensions and File Formats

SearchCompliance

  • California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)

    The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is legislation in the state of California that supports an individual's right to ...

  • compliance audit

    A compliance audit is a comprehensive review of an organization's adherence to regulatory guidelines.

  • regulatory compliance

    Regulatory compliance is an organization's adherence to laws, regulations, guidelines and specifications relevant to its business...

SearchSecurity

  • privilege creep

    Privilege creep is the gradual accumulation of access rights beyond what an individual needs to do his job. In IT, a privilege is...

  • BlueKeep (CVE-2019-0708)

    BlueKeep (CVE-2019-0708) is a vulnerability in the Remote Desktop (RDP) protocol that affects Windows 7, Windows XP, Server 2003 ...

  • endpoint detection and response (EDR)

    Endpoint detection and response (EDR) is a category of tools and technology used for protecting computer hardware devices–called ...

SearchHealthIT

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • disaster recovery team

    A disaster recovery team is a group of individuals focused on planning, implementing, maintaining, auditing and testing an ...

  • cloud insurance

    Cloud insurance is any type of financial or data protection obtained by a cloud service provider. 

  • business continuity software

    Business continuity software is an application or suite designed to make business continuity planning/business continuity ...

SearchStorage

  • Hadoop as a service (HaaS)

    Hadoop as a service (HaaS), also known as Hadoop in the cloud, is a big data analytics framework that stores and analyzes data in...

  • blockchain storage

    Blockchain storage is a way of saving data in a decentralized network which utilizes the unused hard disk space of users across ...

  • disk mirroring (RAID 1)

    RAID 1 is one of the most common RAID levels and the most reliable. Data is written to two places simultaneously, so if one disk ...

Close