from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sudden forcible gush or jet.
- n. A sudden short burst, as of energy, activity, or growth.
- intransitive v. To gush forth suddenly in a jet.
- intransitive v. To make a brief intense effort or show a sudden increase in activity or speed.
- transitive v. To force out in a sudden jet.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cause to gush out suddenly or violently in a stream or jet.
- v. To rush from a confined place in a small stream or jet.
- v. To make a strong effort for a short period of time.
- n. A brief gush, as of liquid spurting from an orifice or a cut/wound.
- n. Ejaculation of semen
- n. Any sudden but not prolonged action.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. 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.
- transitive v. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. A shoot; a bud.
- n. A sudden outbreak.
- n. A sudden and energetic effort, as in an emergency; an increased exertion for a brief space.
- intransitive v. To make a sudden and violent exertion, as in an emergency.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To sprout; shoot.
- 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.
- 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. A shoot; a sprout; a bud.
- n. A forcible gush of liquid from a confined place; a jet.
- n. A brief and sudden outbreak.
- n. A school of shad.
- To make a short, sudden, and exceptional effort; put forth one's utmost energy for a short time, especially in racing.
- n. 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. A short period; a brief interval of time.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. move or act with a sudden increase in speed or energy
- v. gush forth in a sudden stream or jet
- n. the occurrence of a sudden discharge (as of liquid)
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
See spit (Wiktionary)