- 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 spurt
A spurt of boiling water jumped into the air, and a wash of water followed.American Notes
There was no outcry; simply a spurt of blood and brain, and all was over.The Downfall
"I asked him what he'd been doing with himself all the summer," Barbara went on with a spurt.The Education of Eric Lane
The dun had been hard ridden in the spurt to gain the mountains ahead of the posse.The Coyote
A spurt of laughter dies into a shiver of repugnance at the action.The Mob (Third Series Plays)
- 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 spurt
"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.).