From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishspurtspurt1 /spɜːt $ spɜːrt/ verb 1 a) [intransitive]POUR if liquid or flames spurt from something, they come out of it quickly and suddenlyspurt from/out of Blood spurted from his nose. Flames spurted through the roof. b) [transitive]SEND to send out liquid or flames quickly or suddenly It boiled over, spurting hot water everywhere.2 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]FAST/QUICK to suddenly start moving more quickly, especially for a short time He suddenly spurted ahead of the others.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusspurt• But once the adrenalin spurts back into your system it will not gently leak away.• The knife hit an artery, and the wound spurted blood.• Water spurted from the burst pipe.• Oil from the spill spurted into the crystal waters of Prince William Sound.• Judging from the minerals present in the mass of water, it appeared to have spurted out of the ocean crust.• Who would ever have imagined satellites entirely covered with ice floes, or volcanos spurting sulfur a hundred kilometers into space?• The volcano spurted sulfur miles into the atmosphere.• The water that spurted through my window was a mere splash.• Indeed, there were little fountains of seawater spurting up between the water containers at that spot.• Fear spurted up into his mouth but he managed to hold the gaze, eye to eye.• With each wave a gush of water spurted up into your armpit and slopped into the cabin.spurt from/out of• Blood spurted from the wound.• Tears spurted out of her eyes, her nostrils flared.• Judging from the minerals present in the mass of water, it appeared to have spurted out of the ocean crust.spurtspurt2 noun [countable] 1 POURwhen an amount of liquid or flame suddenly comes quickly out of somethingspurt of a sudden spurt of flamein spurts The water came out of the tap in short spurts (=a small amount at a time).2 INCREASE IN NUMBER OR AMOUNTa short sudden increase of activity, effort, speed, or emotionspurt of In a sudden spurt of anger, Ellen slammed the door shut.growth spurt (=when a child suddenly grows quickly)in spurts We weren’t consistent – we played in spurts.
Examples from the Corpusspurt• As the Ford charged after the Mercedes, Dunn saw in his wing mirror a spurt of tracer fire.• They have built a record of 23-7 this season on the strength of sheer, unadulterated talent and spurts of gumption.• She also works out on a special weight machine that lets her emulate the all-important explosive spurt.• The whale sent one final spurt into the air and disappeared.• For most, however, the hormone may trigger a growth spurt but seems not to increase final adult height.• a growth spurt• Yachmenev added another goal to end the spurt and give Los Angeles a 7-1 lead.• The early San Antonio date also upsets explanations for the spurt in population growth during Classic times.spurt of• The whale headed for the other side of the pool with a spurt of his blow hole.• a spurt of rapid inflationgrowth spurt• The Lancet medical journal reports that children who were underweight before the operation had a growth spurt afterwards.• Normally the first thing that happens is that you start a growth spurt and suddenly become taller.• For most, however, the hormone may trigger a growth spurt but seems not to increase final adult height.• Osteosarcoma is not usually classified with hormonal cancers, but its onset largely coincides with the final hormonal growth spurt in teenagers.• However, something else happened to Kuehn at the time: He hit a late growth spurt.• Since their first prepubescent growth spurt, these big women have had to struggle not to be embarrassed.• In any case, the growth spurt did not last.From Longman Business Dictionaryspurtspurt /spɜːtspɜːrt/ noun [countable] a short sudden increase of activityThe stock market put on a spurt (=suddenly increased in activity for a short period of time) late in the day.The auto industry has experienced a slight growth spurt in sales.