- to gush or issue suddenly in a stream or jet, as a liquid; spout.
- to show marked, usually increased, activity or energy for a short period: The runners spurted forward in the last lap of the race.
- to expel or force out suddenly in a stream or jet, as a liquid; spout.
- a sudden, forceful gush or jet.
- a marked increase of effort for a short period or distance, as in running, rowing, etc.
- a sudden burst or outburst, as of activity, energy, or feeling.
Origin of spurt
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Examples from the Web for spirt
Jim Hake, founder of Spirt of America, said “word of mouth is the most powerful form of marketing you can get.”The Future of War and the Promise of ‘Smart Power’
November 15, 2012
First touch of the lancet, and first spirt of blood, and what do you think?The Doctor's Red Lamp
The spirt of flame then fell back and spread slowly until it formed a spire as large as a pine-cone.The Weird Sisters, Volume III (of 3)
The word means to 'cause to spring or leap;' when applied to fluids, to spirt or sprinkle them.The Expositor's Bible
George Adam Smith
As far as I was concerned, there was nothing but the spirt of dust from the side of a long-suffering island.Wounds in the rain
There was a spirt or two of rain during the night, but not enough to find out the leaks in our roof.Locusts and Wild Honey
- a variant spelling of spurt
- to gush or cause to gush forth in a sudden stream or jet
- to make a sudden effort
- a sudden forceful stream or jet
- a short burst of activity, speed, or energy
Word Origin and History for spirt
"to gush out, squirt," 1560s, variant of spirt, perhaps cognate with Middle High German spürzen "to spit," and sprützen "to squirt" (see sprout). The noun in this sense is attested from 1775.
"brief burst of activity," 1560s, variant of spirt "brief period of time" (1540s), of uncertain origin, perhaps somehow connected with spurt (v.).