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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sputter  \Sput"ter\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Sputtered};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Sputtering}.]  [From  the  root  of  spout  or  spit  to 
  eject  from  the  mputh.  Cf  {Splutter}.] 
  1.  To  spit,  or  to  emit  saliva  from  the  mouth  in  small 
  scattered  portions,  as  in  rapid  speaking. 
  2.  To  utter  words  hastily  and  indistinctly;  to  speak  so 
  rapidly  as  to  emit  saliva. 
  They  could  neither  of  them  speak  their  rage,  and  so 
  fell  a  sputtering  at  one  another,  like  two  roasting 
  apples.  --Congreve. 
  3.  To  throw  out  anything  as  little  jets  of  steam,  with  a 
  noise  like  that  made  by  one  sputtering. 
  Like  the  green  wood  .  .  .  sputtering  in  the  flame. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  emitting  or  making  sporadic  spitting  or  popping  sounds;  "the 
  sputtering  engine";  "spluttering  electric  arcs"  [syn:  {spluttering}] 
  n  :  the  noise  of  something  spattering  or  sputtering  explosively; 
  "he  heard  a  spatter  of  gunfire"  [syn:  {spatter},  {spattering}, 
  {splatter},  {splattering},  {sputter},  {splutter}] 

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