Engineering, Electronics. a process that uses ions of an inert gas to dislodge atoms from the surface of a crystalline material, the atoms then being electrically deposited to form an extremely thin coating on a glass, metal, plastic, or other surface.
verb (used without object)
to make explosive popping or sizzling sounds.
to emit particles, sparks, etc., forcibly or explosively, especially accompanied by sputtering sounds.
to eject particles of saliva, food, etc., from the mouth in a light spray, as when speaking angrily or excitedly.
to utter or spit out words or sounds explosively or incoherently, as when angry or flustered.
verb (used with object)
to emit (anything) forcibly and in small particles, as if by spitting:
The fire sputtered cinders.
to eject (saliva, food, etc.) in small particles explosively and involuntarily, as in excitement.
to utter explosively and incoherently.
the act or sound of sputtering.
explosive, incoherent utterance.
matter ejected in sputtering.
another word for splutter (sense 1), splutter (sense 2), splutter (sense 3)
to undergo or cause to undergo a process in which atoms of a solid are removed from its surface by the impact of high-energy ions, as in a discharge tube
to coat (a film of a metal) onto (a solid surface) by using this process
the process or noise of sputtering
incoherent stammering speech
something that is ejected while sputtering
noun, plural sputa [spyoo-tuh] /ˈspyu tə/ (Show IPA) 1. matter, as saliva mixed with mucus or pus, expectorated from the lungs and respiratory passages. noun (pl) -ta (-tə) 1. a mass of salivary matter ejected from the mouth 2. saliva ejected from the mouth mixed with mucus or pus exuded from the respiratory passages, as […]
[spahyt-n dahy-vuh l] /ˈspaɪt n ˈdaɪ vəl/ noun 1. a channel in New York City at the north end of Manhattan Island, connecting the Hudson and Harlem rivers.
SPVS Society of Practicing Veterinary Surgeons
1. Sequenced Packet Exchange. 2. A graphics program for the Atari microcomputer. (ftp://src.doc.ic.ac.uk/computing/systems/atari/umich/Graphics/spx_v18.lzh). 3. Simplex. (1997-03-04) filename extension The filename extension for Screen Peace eXtension files. (1995-03-14) SPX sequenced packet exchange