Definition of Sputter

1. Noun. The noise of something spattering or sputtering explosively. "He heard a spatter of gunfire"

Exact synonyms: Spatter, Spattering, Splatter, Splattering, Splutter, Sputtering
Generic synonyms: Noise
Derivative terms: Splat, Splutter



2. Verb. Make an explosive sound. "Sputtering engines"
Generic synonyms: Pop
Derivative terms: Sputtering

3. Noun. An utterance (of words) with spitting sounds (as in rage).
Exact synonyms: Splutter
Generic synonyms: Utterance, Vocalization
Derivative terms: Splutter

4. Verb. Cause to undergo a process in which atoms are removed. "The solar wind protons must sputter away the surface atoms of the dust"
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify

5. Verb. Climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling.
Exact synonyms: Clamber, Scramble, Shin, Shinny, Skin, Struggle
Generic synonyms: Climb
Derivative terms: Clamber, Struggle

6. Verb. Utter with a spitting sound, as if in a rage. "The streets sputter with cars "
Exact synonyms: Splutter
Generic synonyms: Emit, Let Loose, Let Out, Utter
Derivative terms: Splutter, Splutter

7. Verb. Spit up in an explosive manner.
Exact synonyms: Spit Out, Splutter
Generic synonyms: Cough Out, Cough Up, Expectorate, Spit Out, Spit Up

Definition of Sputter

1. v. i. To spit, or to emit saliva from the mouth in small, scattered portions, as in rapid speaking.

2. v. t. To spit out hastily by quick, successive efforts, with a spluttering sound; to utter hastily and confusedly, without control over the organs of speech.

3. n. Moist matter thrown out in small detached particles; also, confused and hasty speech.

Definition of Sputter

1. Noun. Moist matter thrown out in small detached particles; also, confused and hasty speech. ¹

2. Verb. To spit, or to emit saliva from the mouth in small, scattered portions, as in rapid speaking. ¹

3. Verb. To utter words hastily and indistinctly; to speak so rapidly as to emit saliva. ¹

4. Verb. To throw out anything, as little jets of steam, with a noise like that made by one sputtering. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To spit out hastily by quick, successive efforts, with a spluttering sound; to utter hastily and confusedly, without control over the organs of speech. ¹

6. Verb. (physics) (intransitive) To cause surface atoms or electrons of a solid to be ejected by bombarding it with heavy atoms or ions ¹

7. Verb. (physics) (transitive) To coat the surface of an object by sputtering ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Sputter

1. to eject particles in short bursts [v -ED, -ING, -S] : SPUTTERY [adj]

Medical Definition of Sputter

1. 1. To spit, or to emit saliva from the mouth in small, scattered portions, as in rapid speaking. 2. To utter words hastily and indistinctly; to speak so rapidly as to emit saliva. "They could neither of them speak their rage, and so fell a sputtering at one another, like two roasting apples." (Congreve) 3. To throw out anything, as little jets of steam, with a noise like that made by one sputtering. "Like the green wood . . . Sputtering in the flame." (Dryden) Origin: From the root of spout or spit to eject from the mputh. Cf. Splutter. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sputter

spurtled
spurtles
spurtling
spurts
spurway
spurways
spurwinged
sput
sputa
sputation
sputative
sputcheon
sputnik
sputniks
sputs
sputter (current term)
sputtered
sputterer
sputterers
sputtering
sputtering yield
sputteringly
sputterings
sputters
sputtery
sputum
sputum aerogenosum
sputum analysis
sputum culture
sputum for acid-fast organisms

Literary usage of Sputter

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1. The Civil War in Song and Story, 1860-1865 by Frank Moore (1889)
"... the point of which had been shot ofi', — as a whale spouts sea-water, interposed, 'The d — d rascals' — sputter — 'come d — d near' — another blow and ..."

2. A Dictionary of English Etymology by Hensleigh Wedgwood, John Christopher Atkinson (1872)
"... to spirt or sputter ... sputter, or with a formative / instead of r, spittle, to splash or dirty (Hal. ..."

3. A Practical Dictionary of the English and German Languages by Felix Flügel, Johann Gottfried Flügel (1861)
"DIa to sputter forth,out; II.n. 1.(aux. fein) to bubble up, sputter out; 2. to cease bubbling up or sputtering out. ..."

4. Letters of George Meredith by George Meredith (1912)
"I have turned Wendell Phillips like a drenching fireman's hose on a parson, and made him sputter and gutter and go to his wife to trim his wick. ..."

5. A Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1901)
"sputter. (E.) The frequentative of spout. It means ' to keep on spouting out ' ; hence to speak rapidly and indistinctly. Cf. Du. dial. ..."

6. The Works of George Meredith by George Meredith (1912)
"I have "turned Wendell Phillips like a drenching fireman's hose on a parson, and made him sputter and gutter and go to his wife to trim his wick. ..."

7. Old Mother Earth: Her High-ways and By-ways by Josephine Simpson (1890)
"sputter TOP. PUTTER TOP! Pray who is he« Do you not know him ? Just think a minute. He is another of Fire Gnome's numerous family, a lively one too, ..."

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