spurt

or spirt

[ spurt ]
/ spɜrt /

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.

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Origin of spurt

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

synonym study for spurt

1. See flow.

OTHER WORDS FROM spurt

spurter, nounspurtive, adjectivespur·tive·ly, adverboutspurt, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for spurt

spurt

spirt

/ (spɜːt) /

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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