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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sput·ter v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sputtered p. pr. & vb. n. Sputtering.]
 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.
    They could neither of them speak their rage, and so fell a sputtering at one another, like two roasting apples.   --Congreve.
 3. To throw out anything, as little jets of steam, with a noise like that made by one sputtering.
    Like the green wood . . . sputtering in the flame.   --Dryden.