OTHER WORDS FROM sputtersput·ter·er, nounsput·ter·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use sputter in a sentence
They continue to sputter up and down, without fully recovering.The Big Idea: Saving the World’s Most Important Fish|Kevin M. Bailey|August 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
If the only policy tool you allow yourself to use is tax credits, your reform agenda will sputter into ineffectuality.
Here's one graf: The Woodward reporting has caused the White House spin machine to sputter at a crucial time.Bob Woodward and Politico and the Worst of Washington|Michael Tomasky|February 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And racial divisions may become worse if the economy continues to sputter.A Racially Polarized Election Augurs Ill for Barack Obama’s Second Term|Joel Kotkin|November 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The veranda, roofless and open to the bitter blue sky where the seasonal gu rains sputter, serves as a makeshift neonatal ward.
She glanced uneasily at Gwynne and fancied she could hear him slam the lid of his breeding upon a supercilious sputter.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
She laughed so hard that she blew the ashes out of her pipe, and they showered down over my face, and made me wink and sputter.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd
Welcome worked the requisite levers, the machine began to sputter, and the boys gave it a shove.
With a wheezy sputter, it stopped dead, refusing to answer the frantic twists Perry gave the handle-bars.
Then all they'll do is buzz and sputter until the feedback is broken with the key.Meeting of the Board|Alan Edward Nourse
British Dictionary definitions for sputter
- to undergo or cause to undergo a process in which atoms of a solid are removed from its surface by the impact of high-energy ions, as in a discharge tube
- to coat (a film of a metal) onto (a solid surface) by using this process