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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 bound; leap; rush hastily; move by elasticity; issue; come into existence; have its origin.
  56. To cause to spring; fire, as a mine; produce suddenly; open, as a leak; crack, as a mast; sprain.
  57. To release the spring of, as a trap.
  58. To do or cause to act unexpectedly and suddenly.
  59. To bend forcibly; strain.
  60. To bound; move suddenly.
  61. To proceed; originate.
  62. To be warped or bent.
  63. An elastic body or contrivance that yields under stress and flieback when the stress is removed.
  64. Elastic quality or energy; recoil.
  65. A jump; bound.
  66. The season in which vegetation starts anew.
  67. A flow or fountain, as of water; a source; origin.
  68. 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.
  69. 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.
  70. 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.
  71. 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.
  72. 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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Quotes of spring

  1. In the spring at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. – Margaret Atwood
  2. Sweet as sweetest Grecian honey will my song be when I sing, O Beloved, in the season of the Spring – Ruben Dario
  3. That U. N. Security Council resolution requires getting Syrian troops and intelligence officials out of Lebanon so that the Lebanese can have elections here this spring that are free and fair and free of outside influence. – Stephen Hadley
  4. I raised frogs every spring in our house from tadpoles and by end of summer our house was overrun with frogs. – William Joyce
  5. Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush. – Doug Larson
  6. The attacks of which I have been the object have broken the spring of life in me... People don't realize what it feels like to be constantly insulted. – Edouard Manet
  7. They say it's better to bury your sadness in a graveyard or garden that waits for the spring to wake from its sleep and burst into green. – Conor Oberst
  8. It Might As Well Be Spring I used to sing that as a young girl in my voice lessons. Then I picked it up again and it spoke to me in a whole new way. – Bernadette Peters
  9. Before I pitch any game, from spring training to Game 7 of the World Series, I'm scared to death. – Curt Schilling
  10. Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people. – Arthur Schopenhauer
  11. Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come. – Robert H. Schuller
  12. We've been working on a new album, which is going to come out next spring which is very different, a change of style for us- it's going to be almost like rock music. – Neil Tennant
  13. The very idea of true patriotism is lost, and the term has been prostituted to the very worst of purposes. A patriot, sir! Why, patriots spring up like mushrooms! – Robert Walpole
  14. These days baseball is different. You come to spring training, you get your legs ready, you arms loose, your agents ready, your lawyer lined up. – Dave Winfield

Usage examples for spring

  1. The winter and spring of 1834 had passed away. – Roughing it in the Bush by Susanna Moodie
  2. It was one morning in spring time. – A Red Wallflower by Susan Warner
  3. We get spring poor by the time the old lady comes back." – The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop by Hamlin Garland
  4. Where did the idea spring from? – The New Theology by R. J. Campbell
  5. 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
  6. The Spring the Spring – Sonnets and Other Verse by W. M. MacKeracher
  7. That he return in the spring – Maria Chapdelaine A Tale of the Lake St. John Country by Louis Hemon
  8. I came up to Lerwick some time afterwards, in the course of the spring to take down a boat, and I went to the shop to get payment of the shawl. – Second Shetland Truck System Report by William Guthrie
  9. Well, we sent in Finlayson a year ago this spring you remember. – The Doctor A Tale Of The Rockies by Ralph Connor
  10. I believe Spring is almost here. – Bobby of Cloverfield Farm by Helen Fuller Orton
  11. 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
  12. But you'll be down again in the spring Mr Manners? – Will of the Mill by George Manville Fenn
  13. They are my light, my spring time, and my love. – Old Fritz and the New Era by Louise Muhlbach
  14. There he is, just ready to spring – A Bicycle of Cathay by Frank R. Stockton
  15. He meant to spring to it like a man. – A Republic Without a President and Other Stories by Herbert Ward
  16. I shall probably be in England next spring – Lady Merton, Colonist by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  17. 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
  18. And where did you spring from? – Harding's luck by E. [Edith] Nesbit
  19. Their child- born in the following spring he was never to see at all. – The Life of Cesare Borgia by Raphael Sabatini
  20. Do you mean under the spring – Little Mr. Thimblefinger and His Queer Country by Joel Chandler Harris

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