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Sputter   /spˈətər/   Listen

(past & past part. sputtered; pres. part. sputtering)
Make an explosive sound.
Cause to undergo a process in which atoms are removed.
Climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling.  Synonyms: clamber, scramble, shin, shinny, skin, struggle.
Utter with a spitting sound, as if in a rage.  Synonym: splutter.
Spit up in an explosive manner.  Synonyms: spit out, splutter.

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"Sputter" Quotes from Famous Books

... they choke and sputter and gasp, the big snow turns to horsepondine. With us it stays still: but wind, sun, and rain get to work upon it, lest the texture and colour should not change daily. Rain makes a granulated crust over all, in which ...
— Letters of Travel (1892-1913) • Rudyard Kipling

... 1685, broke very dark and windy, with dull clouds moving heavily across the sky and a constant sputter of rain. Yet a little after daybreak Monmouth's bugles were blowing in every quarter of the town, from Tone Bridge to Shuttern, and by the hour appointed the regiments had mustered, the roll had been called, and the vanguard ...
— Micah Clarke - His Statement as made to his three Grandchildren Joseph, - Gervas and Reuben During the Hard Winter of 1734 • Arthur Conan Doyle

... on her than you would have laughed to see how the rosy color came back to the dear child's cheek, and how she began to sneeze and sputter, and how astonished she was to find herself dripping wet and her father still ...
— Journeys Through Bookland V2 • Charles H. Sylvester

... gusty and tempestuous, and the moon was all girt with ragged clouds. The wind blew in melancholy gusts, sobbing and sighing over the moor, and setting all the gorse bushes agroaning. From time to time a little sputter of rain pattered up against the window-pane. I sat until near midnight, glancing over the fragment on immortality by Iamblichus, the Alexandrian platonist, of whom the Emperor Julian said that he was posterior to Plato in time but not in genius. At last, shutting up my book, I opened my ...
— Danger! and Other Stories • Arthur Conan Doyle

... with little bottles of sulphuric acid. The splinter was expected to blaze when dipped into the acid. Sometimes it did blaze, and sometimes it did not; but it was reasonably certain how the acid would behave, for it would always sputter and do its best to spoil some one's clothes. Nevertheless, even such matches as these were regarded as a wonderful convenience, and were sold at five dollars a hundred. With the next kind of match that appeared, a piece of folded sandpaper ...
— Makers of Many Things • Eva March Tappan

... the broken candle at my feet to the one giving its last sputter in the tumbler on the dressing table, I ...
— The Filigree Ball • Anna Katharine Green

... unconcern, joked with the sounding-boats which lay off on each side with different colored flags for our guidance; and when any of them called to him and pointed to the deepest water, he answered: 'Ay, ay, my dear, chalk it down, a damned dangerous navigation, eh! If you don't make a sputter about it you'll get no credit in England.' After we had cleared this remarkable place, where the channel forms a complete zigzag, the master called to his mate to give the helm to somebody else, saying, 'Damn me if there are not a thousand places in the Thames fifty times more hazardous than ...
— Montcalm and Wolfe • Francis Parkman

... topic untactfully was broached in his presence Mr. Lobel, recalling the fate of the elaborate feature entitled Let Freedom Ring, had been known to sputter violently and vehemently. Upon this production—now abiding as a memory only, yet a memory bitter as aloes—he had spared neither expense nor pains, even going so far as personally to direct the filming of all the principal scenes. And to what ends? Captious critics, including those who ...
— Sundry Accounts • Irvin S. Cobb

... a sputter, for a moment its fiery blowing filled the deck with smoke, then it darted skyward, with a tremendous swis-s-sh! Up, in a long black column it went, into the very heart of the hot brazen sky, then it exploded with a faint pop, and a black head of smoke expanded at a ...
— The Cruise of the Dry Dock • T. S. Stribling

... lady tells us this story in the late autumn evenings. Now the harvest is in, huge haycocks shelter the gable, the honey is strained and put by in jars, the apples are ripened and stored; the logs begin to sputter and sing in the big parlour at evening, hot cakes to steam on the tea-table, and the pleasant lamp-lit hours to spread themselves. Indoor things begin to have meaning looks of their own, our limbs grow quiet, and our brains begin to work. The moors beyond the window take ...
— The Late Miss Hollingford • Rosa Mulholland

... the ripping of the tires, for the rubber is to a motorist as a baby to a loving mother. But in a moment came the sputter and roar of the motors, and the men had gone again back the ...
— Eve to the Rescue • Ethel Hueston

... confused again, and wearily he passed a hand over his brow in the effort to collect all of his faculties. The lamp began to sputter, arousing him to action. Desperately he fought against the benumbing sensation that was even again stealing over him. Gradually he gained the ascendancy. He struggled dizzily to his feet and took ...
— Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930 • Various

... crackling stopped and the spark went out with a sputter. The man stopped writing and wheeled about in his seat. He saw them looking in ...
— Six Little Bunkers at Mammy June's • Laura Lee Hope

... to preach a sermon with me for a text, Betty's candles will sputter and die out before ever she explains ...
— The Camp Fire Girls at Sunrise Hill • Margaret Vandercook

... swell—was able to grip him by the collar and drag him within reach of the life-belt. But here the demented man managed to wreathe his legs and arms in another and more terrible hold. The pair of them were now cursing horribly, cursing whenever a wave left choking them, and allowed them to cough and sputter for breath. They fought as two men whose lives had pent up an unmitigable hate for this moment. They fought, neither losing his hold, as their strength ebbed, and the weight of their clothes dragged them lower. Dick Rendal's ...
— Corporal Sam and Other Stories • A. T. Quiller-Couch

... On the bounds of the holy and the awful,— I praise the heart, and pity the head of him, And refer myself to THEE, instead of him, Who head and heart alike discernest, Looking below light speech we utter, When frothy spume and frequent sputter Prove that the soul's depths boil in earnest! May truth shine out, stand ever before us! I put up pencil and join chorus To Hepzibah Tune, without further apology, The last five verses of the third section Of the seventeenth hymn of Whitfield's Collection, To ...
— Browning's England - A Study in English Influences in Browning • Helen Archibald Clarke

... bandit played his part in a way to make me shiver. The great pines, the shady, brown trails, the sunlit glades, were as real to me as if I had been among them. Most vivid of all was the lonely forest at night and the campfire. I heard the sputter of the red embers and smelled the wood smoke; I peered into the dark shadows watching and listening for ...
— The Young Forester • Zane Grey

Words linked to "Sputter" :   change, emit, expectorate, cough up, noise, utterance, spit up, pop, alter, let out, splattering, let loose, vocalization, cough out, modify, utter, climb

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