Spur-winged goose(Zoöl.), any one of several species of long-legged African geese of the genus Plectropterus and allied genera, having a strong spur on the bend of the wing, as the Gambo goose (P. Gambensis) and the Egyptian, or Nile, goose Spur-winged plover(Zoöl.), an Old World plover (Hoplopterus spinosus) having a sharp spur on the bend of the wing. It inhabits Northern Africa and the adjacent parts of Asia and Europe.

(Sput) n. (Steam Boiler) An annular reënforce, to strengthen a place where a hole is made.

(Spu*ta"tion) n. [L. sputare to spit, v. intens. fr. spuere to spit: cf. F. sputation.] The act of spitting; expectoration. Harvey.

(Spu"ta*tive) a. Inclined to spit; spitting much. Sir H. Wotton.

(Spute) v. t. [Abbrev. from dispute.] To dispute; to discuss. [Obs.] Wyclif.

(Sput"ter) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sputtered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Sputtering.] [From the root of spout or spit to eject from the mputh. Cf. Splutter.]

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.

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.

(Sput"ter), v. t. To spit out hastily by quick, successive efforts, with a spluttering sound; to utter hastily and confusedly, without control over the organs of speech.

In the midst of caresses, and without the last pretend incitement, to sputter out the basest accusations.

(Sput"ter), n. Moist matter thrown out in small detached particles; also, confused and hasty speech.

(Sput"ter*er) n. One who sputters.

(||Spu"tum) n.; pl. Sputa [L., from spuere, sputum, to spit.] That which is expectorated; a salival discharge; spittle; saliva.

(Spy) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spied ; p. pr. & vb. n. Spying.] [OE. spien, espien, OF. espier, F. épier, OHG. spehn, G. spähen; akin to L. specere to see, Skr. spa 169. Cf. Espy, v.t., Aspect, Auspice, Circumspect, Conspicuouc, Despise, Frontispiece, Inspect, Prospect, Respite, Scope, Scecimen, Spectacle, Specter, Speculate, Spice, Spite, Suspicion.] To gain sight of; to discover at a distance, or in a state of concealment; to espy; to see.

One in reading, skipped over all sentences where he spied a note of admiration.

2. To discover by close search or examination.

Look about with yout eyes; spy what things are to be reformed in the church of England.

(Spur"way`) n. [Prov. E. spoor a track, trace (AS. spor) + way.] A bridle path. [R.]

(Spur"-winged`) a. (Zoöl.) Having one or more spurs on the bend of the wings.

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