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.
- spurter, noun
- spurtive, adjective
- spur·tive·ly, adverb
- outspurt, verb (used with object)
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How to use spurt in a sentence
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
From the rifle-pits there are sudden flashes and quick spirts of flame, and the battle-cloud becomes thick and heavy.Following the Flag | Charles Carleton Coffin
Wherever there is an outlet a fountain of flame immediately spirts up towards the sky.Dame Care | Hermann Sudermann
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 | Juliette Low
One of them drinks some of the water and spirts it into the air, making a fine spray in imitation of mist or drizzling rain.Ancient Art and Ritual | Jane Ellen Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for 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
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