Things that spurt gush, stream, or flow rapidly. If you laugh too hard while drinking a Coke, soda might spurt out of your nose. Ouch!

Spurt is also a noun: "A spurt of water erupted from the hole in the water balloon before she had a chance to throw it." Though a jet of liquid is usually what spurts, the word is also used for quick bursts of speed, like a race car that spurts forward suddenly, winning at the last second. The origin of spurt isn't certain, but it may be related to the German spürzen, "to spit" and sprützen, "to squirt."

Definitions of spurt
  1. verb
    gush forth in a sudden stream or jet
    synonyms: gush, spirt, spout
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    flow intermittently
    spout moist air from the blowhole
    gush or squirt out
    type of:
    flow in a spurt
  2. verb
    move or act with a sudden increase in speed or energy
    synonyms: forge, spirt
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    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  3. noun
    the occurrence of a sudden discharge (as of liquid)
    synonyms: jet, spirt, squirt
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    a jet of vapor
    a quick squirt of some liquid (usually carbonated water)
    type of:
    discharge, outpouring, run
    the pouring forth of a fluid
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