Definitions of spring

  1. To vegetate; to begin to grow; to proceed; to arise; to appear; to issue forth; to grow; to leap; to fly or start back; to start; to shoot; to warp. To spring at, to leap forward. To spring in, to rush in. To spring forth, to rush out. To spring on, to assault.
  2. To start or rouse; to do or disclose suddenly; as, to spring a surprise; explode; as, to spring a mine; crack; strain, as a mast or beam; leap over.
  3. To cause to spring up: to start: to produce quickly: to contrive on a sudden: to explode, as a mine: to open, as a leak: to crack, as a mast:- pa. t. sprung, sprang; pa. p. sprung.
  4. To cause to spring; fire, as a mine; produce suddenly; open, as a leak; crack, as a mast; sprain.
  5. To release the spring of, as a trap.
  6. To do or cause to act unexpectedly and suddenly.
  7. To bend forcibly; strain.
  8. To rise, as from a source; issue or proceed; as, great results often spring from small causes; originate; appear; shoot up; as, the grass springs up; leap; bound; as, to spring over a fence; dart, as a rabbit; start or rise up suddenly; as, a breeze springs up; fly back; as, the bent bow springs back; warp, as a board.
  9. To bound: to leap: to rush hastily: to move suddenly by elastic force: to start up suddenly: to break forth: to appear: to issue: to come into existence: ( B.) to rise, as the sun.
  10. spring back; spring away from an impact; " The rubber ball bounced"; " These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide"
  11. develop into a distinctive entity; " our plans began to take shape"
  12. develop suddenly; " The tire sprang a leak"
  13. produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly; " He sprang these news on me just as I was leaving"
  14. produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly; " He sprang a new haircut on his wife"
  15. To bound; move suddenly.
  16. To proceed; originate.
  17. To be warped or bent.
  18. To start or rouse; to cause to explode; to burst; to crack; to cause to close suddenly. To spring a leak, to commence leaking. To spring a rattle, to put a policeman's rattle in motion.
  19. To produce quickly or unexpectedly; to start; to cause to explode, as a mine; to burst; to bound or leap; to proceed or issue, as from a source; to begin to grow; to germinate; to arise; to proceed, as from a cause; to move by elastic force.
  20. Springing.
  21. Sprung.
  22. a natural flow of ground water
  23. a metal elastic device that returns to its shape or position when pushed or pulled or pressed; " the spring was broken"
  24. a point at which water issues forth
  25. the season of growth; " the emerging buds were a sure sign of spring"; " he will hold office until the spring of next year"
  26. To leap; to bound; to jump.
  27. To issue with speed and violence; to move with activity; to dart; to shoot.
  28. To start or rise suddenly, as from a covert.
  29. To fly back; as, a bow, when bent, springs back by its elastic power.
  30. To bend from a straight direction or plane surface; to become warped; as, a piece of timber, or a plank, sometimes springs in seasoning.
  31. To shoot up, out, or forth; to come to the light; to begin to appear; to emerge; as a plant from its seed, as streams from their source, and the like; - often followed by up, forth, or out.
  32. To issue or proceed, as from a parent or ancestor; to result, as from a cause, motive, reason, or principle.
  33. To grow; to prosper.
  34. To cause to spring up; to start or rouse, as game; to cause to rise from the earth, or from a covert; as, to spring a pheasant.
  35. To produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly.
  36. To cause to explode; as, to spring a mine.
  37. To crack or split; to bend or strain so as to weaken; as, to spring a mast or a yard.
  38. To cause to close suddenly, as the parts of a trap operated by a spring; as, to spring a trap.
  39. To bend by force, as something stiff or strong; to force or put by bending, as a beam into its sockets, and allowing it to straighten when in place; -- often with in, out, etc.; as, to spring in a slat or a bar.
  40. To pass over by leaping; as, to spring a fence.
  41. A leap; a bound; a jump.
  42. A flying back; the resilience of a body recovering its former state by elasticity; as, the spring of a bow.
  43. Elastic power or force.
  44. An elastic body of any kind, as steel, India rubber, tough wood, or compressed air, used for various mechanical purposes, as receiving and imparting power, diminishing concussion, regulating motion, measuring weight or other force.
  45. Any source of supply; especially, the source from which a stream proceeds; as issue of water from the earth; a natural fountain.
  46. Any active power; that by which action, or motion, is produced or propagated; cause; origin; motive.
  47. That which springs, or is originated, from a source;
  48. A race; lineage.
  49. A youth; a springal.
  50. A shoot; a plant; a young tree; also, a grove of trees; woodland.
  51. That which causes one to spring; specifically, a lively tune.
  52. The season of the year when plants begin to vegetate and grow; the vernal season, usually comprehending the months of March, April, and May, in the middle latitudes north of the equator.
  53. The time of growth and progress; early portion; first stage.
  54. A crack or fissure in a mast or yard, running obliquely or transversely.
  55. A line led from a vessel's quarter to her cable so that by tightening or slacking it she can be made to lie in any desired position; a line led diagonally from the bow or stern of a vessel to some point upon the wharf to which she is moored.
  56. A leap or bound; an elastic body that yields when pressed and returns to its original form when the pressure is removed; the elastic quality or force of a body; as, the spring of a bow; cause; origin; source; a fountain of water; the season of the year when plants begin to grow.
  57. A leap: a flying back with elastic force: elastic power: an elastic body: any active power: that by which action is produced: cause or origin: a source: an outflow of water from the earth: ( B.) the dawn: the time when plants begin to spring up and grow, the vernal season- March, April, May: a starting of a plank in a vessel: a crack in a mast.
  58. A leap; recoil; elastic body; elasticity; active power; cause; source; fountain; vernal season.
  59. An elastic body or contrivance that yields under stress and flieback when the stress is removed.
  60. Elastic quality or energy; recoil.
  61. A jump; bound.
  62. The season in which vegetation starts anew.
  63. A flow or fountain, as of water; a source; origin.
  64. A leap; a bound; a flying back with elastic force; elastic force; an elastic body; any active power; an issue of water from the earth; a fountain; a source; rise; original cause; the vernal season; a crack or fissure in a mast or yard; a rope or hawser by which a ship is held.
  65. A leap; a bound; elastic power or force; the start, as of a plank; an elastic body, as a steel rod, a coil of wire, india- rubber, & c., used for various mechanical purposes; a source; a fountain of water; rise; beginning; the time when plants begin to vegetate and grow; one of the four seasons of the year; the lower part of an arch.
  66. occurring in or appropriate to the season of spring; " spring rains"; " springtime activities"
  67. Sprang.
  68. Sprang or sprung.