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Sputter appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • "Deliver pots Ron made Brett upset at!" I gasp, as saps agitate, sputter, bedamn or stop, reviled.
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Definition of the noun sputter

What does sputter mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: sputters

  1. the noise of something spattering or sputtering explosively
  2. an utterance (of words) with spitting sounds (as in rage)

Alternative definition of the noun sputter


  1. Moist matter thrown out in small detached particles; also, confused and hasty speech.

Definition of the verb sputter

What does sputter mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: sputtered | sputtering | sputters

  1. make an explosive sound
  2. cause to undergo a process in which atoms are removed
    • example: The solar wind protons must sputter away the surface atoms of the dust
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different
  3. climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
  4. utter with a spitting sound, as if in a rage
    • examples: Cars sputter in the streets | The streets sputter with cars
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of sputter: splutter
    • more generic terms: emit / let loose / let out / utter = express audibly
  5. spit up in an explosive manner

Alternative definition of the verb sputter


  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.
  3. To throw out anything, as little jets of steam, with a noise like that made by one sputtering.
  4. [transitive] To spit out hastily by quick, successive efforts, with a spluttering sound; to utter hastily and confusedly, without control over the organs of speech.
  5. [physics] [intransitive] To cause surface atoms or electrons of a solid to be ejected by bombarding it with heavy atoms or ions
  6. [physics] [transitive] To coat the surface of an object by sputtering

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for sputter

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Google previewBulletin de la Société chimique Beograd (1983)

The cathodic sputter is the process leading to the transfer of the cathode material (or sample on the surface of the cathode) into the plasma. This takes place due to the effect of high energy ions and neutral atoms bombarding the cathode.

Google previewThe Bellman (1918)

Your next illogical sputter is an effort to show that the Nonpartisan League and “ red” Socialism are about the same thing. This, after showing that we are a part of the National party, which is a protest against the "red" wing of the Socialists.

Google previewDictionary of English Etymology (1865)

spratzeln, to sputter like a pen in writing, to crack, burst (vor leid zerspratzen, of the heart, to burst with grief — Schm.) ; It. sprazzare, to shower down as water upon stones, to dash or beapirt, to roar and ...

Google previewFinnish-English dictionary (1916)

by Karl Vilhelm Arminen, Eetu Aaltio

sputter, jargon; lisp; fumble; babble. - us s. sputter; babble. goplma | tou a. unfit (for), unsuitable, incovenient; improper, -ttomuus s. unfit- ness, inconvenience; impropriety. s»|ii|niug s. agreement; ...

Google previewEncyclopedia and Handbook of Materials, Parts and Finishes, Third Edition (2016)

by Mel Schwartz

The SCXTM sputter coating process, a proprietary, computeraided process developed by EngelhardCLAL, Carteret, NJ, a producer of highpurity materials, enables the coating of base or refractory metals with precious metals. The source of the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Optical Engineering: Pho-Z, pages 2049-3050 (2003)

by Ronald G. Driggers

Table 2 Typical sputter conditions planar cathode is shown in Fig. 18. One disadvantage is that the discharge is concentrated in the region between the pole pieces where target erosion is consequently much greater. In the case of a ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Food Microbiology (2014)

by Carl A. Batt

The system works by employing both a cryostage and an onboard sputter coater. The cryostage works by keeping the SEM stage and therefore the specimen at temperatures below that at which free water would be withdrawn or sublimated ...

Google previewDictionary of the English Language, Pronouncing, Etymological, and Explanatory... (1895)

by James Stormonth

sputter, v. Spütter [closely allied to spout and spit: Low Ger. Sputtern ; Norw. sputra, to sputter, to spurt], to spit in scattered drops, as in rapid speaking; to throw out ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language (1895)

Pronouncing, Etymological, and Explanatory; Embracing Scientific and Other Terms, Numerous Familiar Terms and a Copious Selection of Old English Words by James Stormonth, Philip Henry Phelp

sputter square stream, as water ; to rush or issue out, as a jet, suddenly or at intervals : spurt ing, imp.

sputter n ; Norw. sputra, to sputter, to spurt], to spit in scattered drops, as in rapid ...

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Scrabble value of S1P3U1T1T1E1R1

The value of this 7-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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