sputter/roar to life

Definition of sputter/roar to life

of a machine

  1. :  to begin working The engine suddenly roared to life. After several attempts to start it, the engine finally sputtered to life.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  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

  1. :  confused and excited speech or discussion

    :  the act or sound of sputtering

  1. :  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)

  1. :  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

  1. :  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

  1. :  of or relating to animate being

    :  lifelong

    :  using a living model

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contemplative of or relative to the past

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