verb (used with or without object), noun
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of spurt
Synonyms for spurt
Antonyms for spurt
Examples from the Web for spirts
Historical Examples of 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
Word Origin 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.).