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fairy, faery, faerie, fay, sprite(noun)
a small being, human in form, playful and having magical powers
A spirit; a soul; a shade; also, an apparition.
An elf; a fairy; a goblin.
The green woodpecker, or yaffle.
A two-dimensional image or animation that is integrated into a larger scene.
An electrical discharge that occurs high above the cumulonimbus cloud of an active thunderstorm.
Origin: From esprit (spirit).
a spirit; a soul; a shade; also, an apparition. See Spright
an elf; a fairy; a goblin
the green woodpecker, or yaffle
Origin: [OE. sprit, F. esprit, fr. L. spiritus. See Spirit, and cf. Sprightly.]
In computer graphics, a sprite is a two-dimensional image or animation that is integrated into a larger scene. Initially including just graphical objects handled separately from the memory bitmap of a video display, this now includes various manners of graphical overlays. Originally, sprites were a method of integrating unrelated bitmaps so that they appeared to be part of the normal bitmap on a screen, such as creating an animated character that can be moved on a screen without altering the data defining the overall screen. Such sprites can be created by either electronic circuitry or software. In circuitry, a hardware sprite is a hardware construct that employs custom DMA channels to integrate visual elements with the main screen in that it super-imposes two discrete video sources. Software can simulate this through specialized rendering methods. As three-dimensional graphics became more prevalent, sprites came to include flat images seamlessly integrated into complicated three-dimensional scenes.
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