Definition of spurt noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//spɜːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//spɜːrt//
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  1. 1an amount of liquid or flames that comes out of somewhere with great force a great spurt of blood
  2. 2a sudden increase in speed, effort, activity or emotion for a short period of time You'd better put on a spurt (= hurry up) if you want to finish that work today. Babies get very hungry during growth spurts. a sudden spurt of anger
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent.: of unknown origin.Extra examples Boys experience a growth spurt during puberty. He felt a spurt of resentment against his brother. His breath came in short spurts. She put on a spurt to get to the station in time. With one final spurt, he reached the top of the hill. a spurt in capital spending an initial spurt of energy I felt a little spurt of pleasure at the prospect. You’d better put on a spurt if you want to finish that work today. a spurt of bloodIdioms in short periods of great activity, powerful movement, etc., rather than in a steady, continuous way The water came out of the tap in spurts.
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