spirt

[spurt]
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verb (used with or without object), noun


Nearby words

  1. spiroid,
  2. spirometer,
  3. spirometric,
  4. spironolactone,
  5. spiroplasma,
  6. spirula,
  7. spirulina,
  8. spiruroid,
  9. spiruroidea,
  10. spiry

spurt

or spirt

[spurt]

verb (used without object)

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.

verb (used with object)

to expel or force out suddenly in a stream or jet, as a liquid; spout.

noun

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

First recorded in 1560–70; variant of spirt; origin uncertain

SYNONYMS FOR spurt
1. well, spring. See flow. 4. spout.

ANTONYMS FOR spurt
1. drip, ooze.

Related formsspurt·er, nounspur·tive, adjectivespur·tive·ly, adverbout·spurt, verb (used with object)

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British Dictionary definitions for spirt

spirt

noun

a variant spelling of spurt

spurt

spirt

verb

to gush or cause to gush forth in a sudden stream or jet
to make a sudden effort

noun

a sudden forceful stream or jet
a short burst of activity, speed, or energy

Word Origin for spurt

C16: perhaps related to Middle High German sprützen to squirt

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