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v. sput·tered, sput·ter·ing, sput·ters
1. To spit out or spray particles of saliva or food from the mouth in noisy bursts.
2. To spit out words or sounds in an excited or confused manner.
3. To make sporadic spitting or popping sounds: The fire sputtered and died.
4. Physics To cause the atoms of a solid to be removed from the surface by bombardment with atoms in a discharge tube.
1. To eject in short bursts with spitting or popping sounds.
2. To utter in an excited or confused manner.
3. Physics To coat (a solid surface) with metal atoms by sputtering.
1. The act or sound of sputtering.
2. Matter emitted in sputtering.
3. Excited or confused utterance.
[Probably of Low German origin; akin to Dutch sputteren.]
2. (General Physics) physics
a. to undergo or cause to undergo a process in which atoms of a solid are removed from its surface by the impact of high-energy ions, as in a discharge tube
b. to coat (a film of a metal) onto (a solid surface) by using this process
3. the process or noise of sputtering
4. incoherent stammering speech
5. something that is ejected while sputtering
[C16: from Dutch sputteren, of imitative origin]
1. to make explosive popping or sizzling sounds.
2. to emit particles, sparks, etc., explosively.
3. to eject particles of saliva, food, etc., from the mouth, as when speaking angrily or excitedly.
4. to utter words explosively or incoherently, as when angry or flustered.v.t.
5. to eject forcibly and in small particles, as if by spitting.
6. to utter explosively and incoherently.n.
7. the act or sound of sputtering.
8. explosive, incoherent utterance.
Past participle: sputtered
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|Noun||1.||sputter - the noise of something spattering or sputtering explosively; "he heard a spatter of gunfire"|
noise - sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound); "he enjoyed the street noises"; "they heard indistinct noises of people talking"; "during the firework display that ended the gala the noise reached 98 decibels"
|2.||sputter - an utterance (of words) with spitting sounds (as in rage)|
|Verb||1.||sputter - make an explosive sound; "sputtering engines"|
pop - make a sharp explosive noise; "The cork of the champagne bottle popped"
|2.||sputter - cause to undergo a process in which atoms are removed; "The solar wind protons must sputter away the surface atoms of the dust"|
|3.||sputter - climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling|
climb - move with difficulty, by grasping
|4.||sputter - utter with a spitting sound, as if in a rage|
|5.||sputter - spit up in an explosive manner|
vi → zischen; (in frying pan) → brutzeln; (fat) → spritzen; (engine) → stottern; (in speech) → sich ereifern (→ about über +acc); he was sputtering with rage → er geiferte (vor Zorn); the candle sputtered out → die Kerze ging flackernd aus; to sputter to a halt (lit, fig) → stotternd zum Stillstand kommen