Spurt (?), v. i. [Written also spirt, and originally the same word as sprit; OE. sprutten to sprout, AS. spryttan. See Sprit, v. i., Sprout, v. i.]

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.


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Spurt, v. t.

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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Spurt, 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.


A shoot; a bud. [Obs.] Holland.


Fig.: A sudden outbreak; as, a spurt of jealousy.

Spurt grass (Bot.), a rush fit for basket work. Dr. Prior.


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Spurt (?), n. [Cf. Icel. sprette a spurt, spring, run, spretta to sprit, spring.]

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.
T. Hughes.


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Spurt, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Spurted; p. pr. & vb. n. Spurting.]

To make a sudden and violent exertion, as in an emergency.


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