Definition of sputter/roar to life
- The engine suddenly roared to life.
- After several attempts to start it, the engine finally sputtered to life.
: to spit or squirt from the mouth with explosive sounds
: to utter hastily or explosively in confusion or excitement
: to dislodge (atoms) from the surface of a material by collision with high energy particles
: confused and excited speech or discussion
: the act or sound of sputtering
: to utter or emit a full loud prolonged sound
: to sing or shout with full force
: to make or emit a loud confused sound (such as background reverberation or rumbling)
: the deep cry of a wild animal (such as a lion)
: a loud deep cry (as of pain or anger)
: a loud continuous confused sound
: the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body
: a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beings
: an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism (see metabolism 1), growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction
: of or relating to animate being
: using a living model
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