Definitions
sputter Tweet Definition of sputter Like Definition of sputter on Facebook
noun 
  1. Moist matter thrown out in small detached particles; also, confused and hasty speech.
verb 
  1. To spit, or to emit saliva from the mouth in small, scattered portions, as in rapid speaking.
  2. To utter words hastily and indistinctly; to speak so rapidly as to emit saliva.
They could neither of them speak their rage, and so fell a sputtering at one another, like two roasting apples. -Congreve.
  1. To throw out anything, as little jets of steam, with a noise like that made by one sputtering.
Like the green wood...sputtering in the flame. -Dryden.
  1. (transitive) To spit out hastily by quick, successive efforts, with a spluttering sound; to utter hastily and confusedly, without control over the organs of speech.
In the midst of caresses, and without the last pretend incitement, to out the basest accusations. -Swift.
  1. (physics) (intransitive) To cause surface atoms or electrons of a solid to be ejected by bombarding it with heavy atoms or ions
  2. (physics) (transitive) To coat the surface of an object by sputtering
Etymology: From the root of spout or spit to eject from the mouth.


Supplemental Details:Sponsor an extended definition for sputter for as little as $10 per month. Click here to contact us.

     
  

 Find:
  Words Starting With:
  Words Ending With:
  Words Containing:
  Words That Match:

 
 Translate Into:
  
Dutch   French   German
  
Italian   Spanish
    Show results per page.

Browse the Dictionary
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

   
Dictionary content provided from Wiktionary.org under the GNU Free Documentation License
Allwords Copyright 1998-2019 All rights reserved.