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Definition of spurt noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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 Babies get very hungry during growth spurts. a sudden spurt of anger I work best in short spurts.
  3. Idioms 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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