Definition Of sputter


a series of soft explosive sounds, typically produced by an engine or by something heating or burning.

the sputter of the motor died away

deposit (metal) on a surface by using fast ions to eject particles of it from a target.

We prepared the filters for SEM analysis by sputtering a thin gold film on them.

make a series of soft explosive sounds, typically when being heated or as a symptom of a fault.

the engine sputtered and stopped

Example Of sputter

  • And it is time for him to stop sputtering ill-tempered threats, not only at the judiciary but also at the U.S. Constitution, which he repeatedly has sworn an oath to uphold.

  • ‘Well, I'll be damned,’ Jerry sputtered .

  • ‘Your Highness,’ Nicole sputtered , then stopped, still too surprised to say anything more.

  • Behind me, Drew's car sputtered down the street, the sound getting fainter and fainter as he took a corner and drove off into the night.

  • But whether an official recovery comes early or later, the economy will continue to sputter .

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