verb[no object, with adverbial of direction]
- 1Gush out in a sudden and forceful stream: he cut his finger, and blood spurted over the sliced potatoesMore example sentences
- A stream of blood spurted out of his nose.
- He stood clutching his neck, blood spurting out in pumps, a look of shock upon his face.
- The stream of water that spurted from the hose did less to douse the fire than it did to fan the flames with its accompanying rush of air.
- 1.1 [with object and adverbial of direction] Cause to gush out suddenly: the kettle boiled and spurted scalding waterMore example sentences
- Then the pipes started to shudder, the faucet spurting dirty water into the soap-filled sink.
- Families come carrying picnic baskets, couples stroll holding hands, mothers push babies in prams, some people simply watch birds and others stand to marvel at the fountain spurting water.
- The lake's remarkable centerpiece is a massive, yet elegant fountain that spurts water as high as 36 feet into the air.
- 2Move with a sudden burst of speed: the other car had spurted to the top of the rampMore example sentences
- As further finds suggested Cairn had stumbled on almost a billion barrels of oil, the company's shares spurted from about £3 to £15.
- On entering Henry Street, the car's engine revs, it spurts forward and the driver appears to lose control momentarily.
- Year-on-year growth in output per worker spurted to 2.9 % in the second quarter.
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- 1A sudden gushing stream: a sudden spurt of blood gushed into her eyesMore example sentences
- A sudden spurt of blood erupted from my nose, covering my white T-shirt in blood.
- I could see clearly the spurt of blood that gushed out on to his ear and dripped down his cheek.
- She choked, coughing up thin spurts of blood.
- 2A sudden marked burst or increase of activity or speed: late in the race he put on a spurt and reached second place a growth spurtMore example sentences
- Having seen off his pursuer, Turvey put on a spurt in the second half of the contest and set the race's fastest lap as he closed in on leaders Matt Howson and Sam Bird.
- At 30 km he and Australia's Nathan Deakes put on a spurt and opened up a 50m gap.
- Warmer weather and promises of tax cuts from the major political parties have generated a renewed spurt of activity in the Western Bay residential property market.
mid 16th century: of unknown origin.