- 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 spirts
Water, when it boils, bubbles and spirts; fat is still when it boils.Little Folks (October 1884)
Page 271--typographical error 'spirts' corrected to 'spirits'Old Quebec
Sir Gilbert Parker and Claude Glennon Bryan
The blood from an artery is of a bright red color, and spirts out, in regular jets, at each beat of the heart.A Treatise on Domestic Economy
Catherine Esther Beecher
On stormy days it spirts out furiously in thin continuous streams.
Girls should know that the blood from a cut artery is bright red and flows in spirts and jets.How Girls Can Help Their Country
- 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 spirts
"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.).