spurt

verb (1)
\ ˈspərt How to pronounce spurt (audio) \
spurted; spurting; spurts

Definition of spurt

 (Entry 1 of 4)

intransitive verb

: to gush forth : spout

transitive verb

: to expel in a stream or jet : squirt the faucet spurts water

spurt

noun (1)

Definition of spurt (Entry 2 of 4)

: a sudden gush : jet

spurt

noun (2)

Definition of spurt (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : a short period of time : moment
2a : a sudden brief burst of effort, activity, or development a spurt of work a growth spurt
b : a sharp or sudden increase in business activity

spurt

verb (2)
spurted; spurting; spurts

Definition of spurt (Entry 4 of 4)

intransitive verb

: to make a spurt

First Known Use of spurt

Verb (1)

1570, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun (1)

1644, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1664, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spurt

Verb (1)

perhaps akin to Middle High German spürzen to spit, Old English -sprūtan to sprout — more at sprout

Noun (2)

origin unknown

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The first known use of spurt was in 1570

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“Spurt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spurt. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for spurt

spurt

verb
\ ˈspərt How to pronounce spurt (audio) \
spurted; spurting

Kids Definition of spurt

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to pour out or make pour out suddenly Water spurted from the leaky hose. His nose spurted blood.

spurt

noun

Kids Definition of spurt (Entry 2 of 3)

: a sudden pouring out a spurt of venom

spurt

noun

Kids Definition of spurt (Entry 3 of 3)

: a brief burst of increased effort, activity, or development

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