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Definition of "spurt" [spurt]

  • A sudden forcible gush or jet. (noun)
  • A sudden short burst, as of energy, activity, or growth. (noun)
  • To gush forth suddenly in a jet. (verb-intransitive)
  • To make a brief intense effort or show a sudden increase in activity or speed. (verb-intransitive)
  • To force out in a sudden jet. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "spurt" in a sentence
  • "We all know what happened that day, but what is happening now especially in the arts community, which is essential to New Orleans both past and hopefully future, reminds me of the first sprigs of green that spurt from the ashes after a forest fire."
  • "This whole recent spurt is largely concentrated among kids of the upper middle class. ..."
  • "Mills 'driving basket 4: 13 before halftime capped a 7-0 Stephen F. Austin spurt that cut it to 33-19, but Arizona State outscored the Ladyjacks 13-4 the rest of the half."