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spatter, spattering, splatter, splattering, sputter, splutter, sputteringnoun
the noise of something spattering or sputtering explosively
"he heard a spatter of gunfire"
an utterance (of words) with spitting sounds (as in rage)
make an explosive sound
cause to undergo a process in which atoms are removed
"The solar wind protons must sputter away the surface atoms of the dust"
clamber, scramble, shin, shinny, skin, struggle, sputterverb
climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
utter with a spitting sound, as if in a rage
splutter, sputter, spit outverb
spit up in an explosive manner
Moist matter thrown out in small detached particles; also, confused and hasty speech.
To spit, or to emit saliva from the mouth in small, scattered portions, as in rapid speaking.
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.
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.
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 sputter out the basest accusations. -Swift.
To cause surface atoms or electrons of a solid to be ejected by bombarding it with heavy atoms or ions
To coat the surface of an object by sputtering
Etymology: From the root of spout or spit "to eject from the mouth."
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
To throw out with noise and hesitation.
Thou do’st with lies the throne invade,
Obtending heav’n for whate’er ills befall;
And sputt’ring under specious names thy gall. Dryden.
In the midst of caresses, and without the least pretended incitement, to sputter out the basest accusations! Jonathan Swift.
Etymology: sputo, Latin.
If a manly drop or two fall down,
It scalds along my cheeks, like the green wood,
That, sputt’ring in the flame, works outward into tears. Dry.
The nightly virgin, while her wheel she plies,
Foresees the storms impending in the skies,
When sparkling lamps their sputt’ring light advance,
And in the sockets oily bubbles dance. Dryden.
A pinking owl sat sputtering at the sun, and asked him what he meant to stand staring her in the eyes. Roger L'Estrange.
They could neither of them speak their rage; and so fell a sputtering at one another, like two roasting apples. William Congreve.
Though he sputter through a session,
It never makes the least impression;
Whate’er he speaks for madness goes. Jonathan Swift.
In physics, sputtering is a phenomenon in which microscopic particles of a solid material are ejected from its surface, after the material is itself bombarded by energetic particles of a plasma or gas. It occurs naturally in outer space, and can be an unwelcome source of wear in precision components. However, the fact that it can be made to act on extremely fine layers of material is utilised in science and industry—there, it is used to perform precise etching, carry out analytical techniques, and deposit thin film layers in the manufacture of optical coatings, semiconductor devices and nanotechnology products. It is a physical vapor deposition technique.
to spit, or to emit saliva from the mouth in small, scattered portions, as in rapid speaking
to utter words hastily and indistinctly; to speak so rapidly as to emit saliva
to throw out anything, as little jets of steam, with a noise like that made by one sputtering
to spit out hastily by quick, successive efforts, with a spluttering sound; to utter hastily and confusedly, without control over the organs of speech
moist matter thrown out in small detached particles; also, confused and hasty speech
Etymology: [From the root of spout or spit to eject from the mouth. Cf. Splutter.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sput′ėr, v.i. to spit in small drops, as in rapid speaking: to throw out moisture in scattered drops: to speak rapidly and indistinctly, to jabber.—v.t. to throw out with haste and noise: to utter hastily and indistinctly.—n. moist matter thrown out in particles.—n. Sputt′erer, one who sputters. [The freq. of spout (q.v.).]
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The numerical value of sputter in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of sputter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Examples of sputter in a Sentence
China's economic engine... has begun to sputter, for the global economy that represents a problem.
Immediately you could see the engine started to sputter and just cut out, and he banked sharply to the left, he ended up crashing around the eighth hole.
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