Definitions

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)

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
See spit (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We all know what happened that day, but what is happening now especially in the arts community, which is essential to New Orleans both past and hopefully future, reminds me of the first sprigs of green that spurt from the ashes after a forest fire.

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  • I don’t think your current growth spurt is helping, because it makes you fall over all the time.

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  • Certainly, the rise in service-industry activity could at least partially be explained by what Vicky Redwood, senior U.K. economist at Capital Economics, called a "spurt" of public spending as government departments sought to use up their budgets in the old financial year.

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  • The renewed hope for a Redskins postseason renaissance springs from Campbell's offseason growth spurt, which is exactly what coach Joe Gibbs and Saunders sought.

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  • The far better choice is the Special Prosecutor, it would enable less personal involvement and political liability for the Democrats and impeachments usually rally sympathy votes for a party under that threat-recall the spurt of popularity for Clinton during the impeachment process and his leaving office with a 69% approval rating.

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  • The only point Lenard did not score during the spurt was a technical foul shot by Alvin Williams.

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