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Definitions of spring

  1. a light springing movement upwards or forwards
  2. spring back; spring away from an impact; " The rubber ball bounced"; " These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide"
  3. develop into a distinctive entity; " our plans began to take shape"
  4. a natural flow of ground water
  5. the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length
  6. move forward by leaps and bounds; " The horse bounded across the meadow"; " The child leapt across the puddle"; " Can you jump over the fence?"
  7. a metal elastic device that returns to its shape or position when pushed or pulled or pressed; " the spring was broken"
  8. a point at which water issues forth
  9. the season of growth; " the emerging buds were a sure sign of spring"; " he will hold office until the spring of next year"
  10. develop suddenly; " The tire sprang a leak"
  11. produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly; " He sprang these news on me just as I was leaving"
  12. produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly; " He sprang a new haircut on his wife"
  13. occurring in or appropriate to the season of spring; " spring rains"; " springtime activities"
  14. To leap; to bound; to jump.
  15. To issue with speed and violence; to move with activity; to dart; to shoot.
  16. To start or rise suddenly, as from a covert.
  17. To fly back; as, a bow, when bent, springs back by its elastic power.
  18. To bend from a straight direction or plane surface; to become warped; as, a piece of timber, or a plank, sometimes springs in seasoning.
  19. 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.
  20. To issue or proceed, as from a parent or ancestor; to result, as from a cause, motive, reason, or principle.
  21. To grow; to prosper.
  22. 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.
  23. To produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly.
  24. To cause to explode; as, to spring a mine.
  25. To crack or split; to bend or strain so as to weaken; as, to spring a mast or a yard.
  26. To cause to close suddenly, as the parts of a trap operated by a spring; as, to spring a trap.
  27. 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.
  28. To pass over by leaping; as, to spring a fence.
  29. A leap; a bound; a jump.
  30. A flying back; the resilience of a body recovering its former state by elasticity; as, the spring of a bow.
  31. Elastic power or force.
  32. 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.
  33. Any source of supply; especially, the source from which a stream proceeds; as issue of water from the earth; a natural fountain.
  34. Any active power; that by which action, or motion, is produced or propagated; cause; origin; motive.
  35. That which springs, or is originated, from a source;
  36. A race; lineage.
  37. A youth; a springal.
  38. A shoot; a plant; a young tree; also, a grove of trees; woodland.
  39. That which causes one to spring; specifically, a lively tune.
  40. 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.
  41. The time of growth and progress; early portion; first stage.
  42. A crack or fissure in a mast or yard, running obliquely or transversely.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. Sprang.
  48. Sprung.
  49. Springing.
  50. 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.
  51. 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.
  52. 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.
  53. A leap; recoil; elastic body; elasticity; active power; cause; source; fountain; vernal season.
  54. Sprang or sprung.
  55. To cause to spring; fire, as a mine; produce suddenly; open, as a leak; crack, as a mast; sprain.
  56. To release the spring of, as a trap.
  57. To do or cause to act unexpectedly and suddenly.
  58. To bend forcibly; strain.
  59. To bound; move suddenly.
  60. To proceed; originate.
  61. To be warped or bent.
  62. An elastic body or contrivance that yields under stress and flieback when the stress is removed.
  63. Elastic quality or energy; recoil.
  64. A jump; bound.
  65. The season in which vegetation starts anew.
  66. A flow or fountain, as of water; a source; origin.
  67. 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.
  68. 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.
  69. 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.
  70. 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.
  71. 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.
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Usage examples for spring

  1. The winter and spring of 1834 had passed away. – Roughing it in the Bush by Susanna Moodie
  2. I shall probably be in England next spring. – Lady Merton, Colonist by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  3. It was one morning in spring- time. – A Red Wallflower by Susan Warner
  4. Where did the idea spring from? – The New Theology by R. J. Campbell
  5. But you'll be down again in the spring, Mr Manners? – Will of the Mill by George Manville Fenn
  6. I couldn't bear to live right in sight o' the old place, and come spring I shouldn't 'prove of nothing Is'iah ondertakes to do with the land. – A Country Doctor and Selected Stories and Sketches by Sarah Orne Jewett
  7. I believe Spring is almost here. – Bobby of Cloverfield Farm by Helen Fuller Orton
  8. We get spring- poor by the time the old lady comes back." – The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop by Hamlin Garland
  9. You're going on with the drive, and perhaps I won't see you again till next spring. – Lost Farm Camp by Harry Herbert Knibbs
  10. Do you mean under the spring? – Little Mr. Thimblefinger and His Queer Country by Joel Chandler Harris
  11. And where did you spring from? – Harding's luck by E. [Edith] Nesbit
  12. There he is, just ready to spring! – A Bicycle of Cathay by Frank R. Stockton
  13. That he return in the spring. – Maria Chapdelaine A Tale of the Lake St. John Country by Louis Hemon
  14. Their child- born in the following spring- he was never to see at all. – The Life of Cesare Borgia by Raphael Sabatini
  15. He meant to spring to it like a man. – A Republic Without a President and Other Stories by Herbert Ward
  16. I am engaged to a very sweet girl, and we expect to be married next spring." – Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901 by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  17. The Spring, the Spring! – Sonnets and Other Verse by W. M. MacKeracher
  18. They are my light, my spring- time, and my love. – Old Fritz and the New Era by Louise Muhlbach
  19. Well, we sent in Finlayson a year ago this spring, you remember. – The Doctor A Tale Of The Rockies by Ralph Connor
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