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Noun: sputtering  spú-tu-ring
  1. The noise of something spattering or sputtering explosively
    - spatter, spattering, splatter, splattering, sputter, splutter
Verb: sputter  spú-tu(r)
  1. Make an explosive sound
    "sputtering engines"
  2. Cause to undergo a process in which atoms are removed
    "The solar wind protons must sputter away the surface atoms of the dust"
  3. Climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
    - clamber, scramble, shin, shinny [N. Amer], skin, struggle
  4. Utter with a spitting sound, as if in a rage
    - splutter
  5. Spit up in an explosive manner
    - splutter, spit out

Derived forms: sputterings

Type of: alter, change, climb, cough out, cough up, emit, expectorate, let loose, let out, modify, noise, pop, spit out, spit up, utter

Encyclopedia: Sputtering