• WordNet 3.6
    • v spurt move or act with a sudden increase in speed or energy
    • v spurt gush forth in a sudden stream or jet "water gushed forth"
    • n spurt the occurrence of a sudden discharge (as of liquid)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Spurt A shoot; a bud.
    • n Spurt spûrt A sudden and energetic effort, as in an emergency; an increased exertion for a brief space. "The long, steady sweep of the so-called “paddle” tried him almost as much as the breathless strain of the spurt ."
    • Spurt A sudden or violent ejection or gushing of a liquid, as of water from a tube, orifice, or other confined place, or of blood from a wound; a jet; a spirt.
    • Spurt A sudden outbreak; as, a spurt of jealousy.
    • v. i Spurt spûrt To gush or issue suddenly or violently out in a stream, as liquor from a cask; to rush from a confined place in a small stream or jet; to spirt. "Thus the small jet, which hasty hands unlock, Spurts in the gardener's eyes who turns the cock."
    • v. i Spurt To make a sudden and violent exertion, as in an emergency.
    • v. t Spurt To throw out, as a liquid, in a stream or jet; to drive or force out with violence, as a liquid from a pipe or small orifice; as, to spurt water from the mouth.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • spurt To sprout; shoot.
    • spurt To gush or issue out suddenly in a stream, as liquor from a cask; rush with sudden force from a confined place in a small jet or stream.
    • spurt To throw or force out in a jet or stream; squirt; as, to spurt water from the mouth; to spurt liquid from a tube.
    • n spurt A shoot; a sprout; a bud.
    • n spurt A forcible gush of liquid from a confined place; a jet.
    • n spurt A brief and sudden outbreak.
    • n spurt A school of shad.
    • spurt To make a short, sudden, and exceptional effort; put forth one's utmost energy for a short time, especially in racing.
    • n spurt A short, sudden, extraordinary effort for an emergency; a special exertion of one's self for a short distance or space of time, as in running, rowing, etc.: as, by a fine spurt he obtained the lead.
    • n spurt A short period; a brief interval of time.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Spurt spurt to spout, or send out in a sudden stream, as water
    • v.i Spurt to gush out suddenly in a small stream: to flow out forcibly or at intervals
    • n Spurt a sudden or violent gush of a liquid from an opening: a jet: a sudden short effort, a special exertion of one's self for a short time, in running, rowing, &c
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  • Henry L. Doherty
    Henry L. Doherty
    “Plenty of men can do good work for a spurt and with immediate promotion in mind, but for promotion you want a man in whom good work has become a habit.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Written also spirt, and originally the same word as sprit,; OE. sprutten, to sprout, AS. spryttan,. See Sprit (v. i.) Sprout (v. i.)


In literature:

It came suddenly and with a spurt of ruddy light unmistakable.
"A Gunner Aboard the "Yankee"" by Russell Doubleday
There was no outcry; simply a spurt of blood and brain, and all was over.
"The Downfall" by Emile Zola
It's only a spurt; though it's a pretty big spurt sometimes, as you boys know now.
"Camp and Trail" by Isabel Hornibrook
The fire flickered and spurted as the salt dried out of the driftwood and burnt in blue tongues of flame.
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
Whenever an Indian fired a spurt of smoke shot up from his rifle's muzzle.
"The Texan Scouts" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He saw that Essex had made her best spurt.
"The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
A spurt of flame crimson-hued his face and flashed over the garment.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
It is to be hoped he keeps him cool till the spurt comes.
"Adrien Leroy" by Charles Garvice
Then flames of fire spurted out, and a thud told the sentries that their bullets had gone home.
"Indiscreet Letters From Peking"
On, on, he ran, putting every ounce of speed and strength in one last spurt.
"Bert Wilson in the Rockies" by J. W. Duffield

In poetry:

How golden-hot the ore is
From the cupola spurting,
Tossing the flaming petals
Over the silt and furnace ash - Blown leaves, devastating,
Falling about the world…
"The Song Of Iron" by Lola Ridge
Steel and cord do their worst, now my head struggles first!
That tug my last spurt has expended —
Nose to nose! lip to lip! from the sound of the whip
He strains to the utmost extended.
"Hippodromania; Or, Whiffs From The Pipe" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
I would not have the horse I drive
So fast that folks must stop and stare;
An easy gait—two forty-five—
Suits me; I do not care;—
Perhaps, for just a single spurt,
Some seconds less would do no hurt.
"Contentment" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Fiercely, they swung the left and right,
With punch and bash and clout:
Each grimly hopeful that he might
Secure the glad knock-out.
And, as they watched the "claret" spurt,
The crowd feared someone might be hurt.
"Averted Violence" by C J Dennis
She put her finger burning eerily to my lips--I heard them lock.
Led me then a marsh-way, cheerily--
Tho the quick ooze spurted drearily
Thro root-rotten curd and rock.
Things like water-ghouls
Slid slimily in pools.
"Written In Hell" by Cale Young Rice
The vintager of Earth is War, is War whose grapes are men;
Into his wine-vats armies go, his wine-vats steaming red:
The crimson vats of battle where he stalks, as in a den,
Drunk with the must of Hell that spurts beneath his iron tread.
"The Man In Gray" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

He needs to be more of a threat throughout the game instead of in spurts.
After rapid growth spurt, area agland value drops 11.5.
First comes the adolescent-like growth spurt of wiry grass.
Experienced gardeners usually do their major structural pruning when shrubs are dormant, then perform follow-up shaping during the growing season, after the spring growth spurt.
Tackle a little early spring maintenance now to get your yard ready for the growth spurt to come.
Dat Dog goes on a growth spurt .
Growth spurt for economy at end of 2010.
Lafayette's First Growth Spurt in 1880.
The Latino Chamber of Commerce's Growth Spurt .
Ethanol's Growth Spurt Hits Canada.
Hotel Growth Spurt Coming to India.
Retail Tech Growth Spurt Reflected at Retail Show.
Gamers fuel growth spurt in e-sports.
Greek yogurt on a marathon-like growth spurt .
Gas prices spurt as Gulf's rigs, refineries brace for hurricane Isaac.

In science:

We consider an energy-momentum distribution which is partly concentrated as a δ -distribution on a time-like worldline L, and partly distributed as a null fluid spurting out of L.
Photon rockets and gravitational radiation
Again, the balance between individual variable satisfaction and security derived from forced collaboration in a heterogeneous society may be seen in spurts.
Organization and Complexity in a Nested Hierarchical Spin-Glass like Social Space