AskDefine | Define spurt

Dictionary Definition

spurt n : the occurrence of a sudden discharge (as of liquid) [syn: jet, squirt, spirt]


1 gush forth in a sudden stream or jet; "water gushed forth" [syn: spirt, gush, spout]
2 move or act with a sudden increase in speed or energy [syn: forge, spirt]

User Contributed Dictionary






to spurt
  1. 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.
  2. 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.


  1. A brief gush, as of liquid spurting from an orifice.
    a spurt of water
  2. Ejaculation of semen
  3. Any sudden but not prolonged action.
    The boss's visit prompted a brief spurt of activity.

Extensive Definition

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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