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 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.
     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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      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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