• WordNet 3.6
    • n sputtering the noise of something spattering or sputtering explosively "he heard a spatter of gunfire"
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In literature:

Then her eye caught the little sputtering of sparks along the fuse.
"In Old Kentucky" by Edward Marshall and Charles T. Dazey
All the things that ought to have gone off stayed and sputtered.
"The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912" by Lillie DeHegermann-Lindencrone
Their gaze went to the sputtering candle.
"Truxton King" by George Barr McCutcheon
Cousin Egbert replied quickly, but he kind of sputtered and so couldn't have been arrested for it.
"Somewhere in Red Gap" by Harry Leon Wilson
But seven miles or so beyond those sputtering flames was Dr. Pevy's office.
"Betty Gordon at Mountain Camp" by Alice B. Emerson
The arc lamp on the corner which they approached sputtered continuously, like soda water bubbling out of a bottle.
"Sheila of Big Wreck Cove" by James A. Cooper
He had a glimpse of the ancient clock-mender himself, however, huddled over a table upon which sputtered a candle.
"The Goose Girl" by Harold MacGrath
Its flame sputtered, then settled and burned unwaveringly.
"The Devil's Garden" by W. B. Maxwell
The wireless aboard the German flagship sputtered excitedly.
"The Boy Allies with the Victorious Fleets" by Robert L. Drake
After a few minutes of sputtering anger, the real estate man organized a pursuit of Jerry.
"Ruth Fielding on Cliff Island" by Alice Emerson

In poetry:

stop sputtering like a jammed machine gun!
read the verdict."
"Gioconda And Si-Ya-U" by Nazim Hikmet
The machine guns sputtered,
Didn't faze Joe at all-
But evvytime he fired
A cop would fall.
"The Ballad Of Joe Meek" by Sterling A Brown
Aye, let the storm rave o'er the earth;
Their kine are snug in barn and byre;
The apples sputter on the hearth,
The cider simmers on the fire.
"Fido" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
Heer's the same little fishes that sputter an swim,
Wi' the moon's old glim on the grey, wet sand;
An' him no more to me mor me to him
Than the wind goin' over my hand.
"Sea Love" by Charlotte Mary Mew
Mine eyes flashed out with sputtering flame—
The ground kept swimming fast—
And roaming round about there came
Wild laughter in the blast!
A moment—and then all was tame,
Forgotten, painless, past.
"Ned Connor" by Charles Harpur
He laughs at the flaring eagle and makes a long nose with his fingers.
He will fight for smooth, white sheets of paper, and uncurdled ink.
The sputtering sword cannot make him blink, and his thoughts are
wet and rippling. They cool his heart.
"The Allies" by Amy Lowell

In news:

Economy to sputter , stall in Savannah.
Economy forecasted to stall, Athens to sputter .
Jerry Sandusky's final defense will sputter meekly.
" Sputter "—finds her sweet spot.
Added to the numerous chances the Galaxy squandered, it was another missed chance in a sputtering season.
Gingrich Makes Last Stand in Must-Win Georgia as Hopes Sputter .
Tough retail month as chains' sales sputter .
Global Markets Sputter as US Focuses on Stimulus.
No sputter in Roberts' putter.
At Other End of 'Big Bang' May Simply Be a Big Sputter .
PRO FOOTBALL;Murrell Sprints and Jets Sputter Along to a Victory.
Leftwich, Steelers sputter in 13-10 loss to Ravens.
But the effort has been sputtering.
Sputtering Economy Sends Dow Plunging 266 Points.
State's economic engine may be sputtering .

In science:

The second reason is that the experimental samples of amorphous RE-TM alloys are sputtered films which have some growth-induced anisotropy.23 Understanding the effects of this weak anisotropy is a worthwhile exercise.
Quasi-Long-Range Order in Random-Anisotropy Heisenberg Models
Aguirre (1999) argued that sputtering in galaxy haloes and in the IGM could destroy the small grain dust population, thus changing the extinction curve to a grey one; in particular, small reddening values, E(B−V)∼0.02, would co-exist with large obscurations, AV ∼0.3.
The Properties of High Redshift Galaxies
The presence of SiO in the gas phase is an indication of grain sputtering (Schilke et al. 1997).
Millimetre Science with the Upgraded Australia Telescope
In the present work, we have studied the effect of partial hydrogen pressure PH, and that of the classical annealing on the optical characteristics of a-Si:H thin films prepared by radio frequency cathodic sputtering.
On the Structural and Optical Properties of Sputtered Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon Thin Films
The TES signal lines are superconducting; formed on the top layer of the PCB by aluminum sputtered onto copper lines.
Antenna-coupled TES bolometer arrays for CMB polarimetry