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3 definitions found
 for sputtering
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sputter \Sput"ter\ (sp[u^]t"t[~e]r), v. i. [imp. & p. p.
     Sputtered (-t[~e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. Sputtering.] [From
     the root of spout or spit to eject from the mouth. Cf.
     Splutter.]
     1. To spit, or to emit saliva from the mouth in small,
        scattered portions, as in rapid speaking.
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     2. To utter words hastily and indistinctly; to speak so
        rapidly as to emit saliva.
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              They could neither of them speak their rage, and so
              fell a sputtering at one another, like two roasting
              apples.                               --Congreve.
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     3. To throw out anything, as little jets of steam, with a
        noise like that made by one sputtering.
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              Like the green wood . . . sputtering in the flame.
                                                    --Dryden.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  sputtering
      n 1: the noise of something spattering or sputtering
           explosively; "he heard a spatter of gunfire" [syn:
           spatter, spattering, splatter, splattering,
           sputter, splutter, sputtering]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  24 Moby Thesaurus words for "sputtering":
     beating, clicking, dancing, desultory, drumming, flickering,
     flickery, flicky, fluttering, fluttery, guttering, palpitant,
     pounding, spattering, spluttering, sputtery, staccato, throbbing,
     thrumming, thumping, ticking, unsteady, wavering, wavery
  
  

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