Spring meaning

sprĭng
Spring means a source of water from the ground, particularly a very small pond.

An example of spring is the water outlet that forms a pond.

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To come or arise as from some source.
  • To grow or develop.
    The plant springs from a seed.
  • To come into existence, usually quickly.
    Towns sprang up.
  • To be descended.
  • To begin to appear, as day; dawn.
verb
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Having or supported by springs.

A spring mattress.

adjective
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The definition of a spring is a coil that goes to its original shape after being compressed.

An example of spring is the coil in a mattress.

noun
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To become warped, split, or cracked. Used of wood.
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Of or acting like a spring; resilient.
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To move upward or forward in a single quick motion or a series of such motions; leap.

The goat sprang over the log.

verb
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To move out of place; come loose, as parts of a mechanism.
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To buy something or pay an expense.

He offered to spring for the dinner.

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To cause to leap, dart, or come forth suddenly.

The hound sprang a quail.

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To release from a checked or inoperative position.

Spring a trap.

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To present or disclose unexpectedly or suddenly.
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To cause to be released from prison or other confinement.
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An elastic device, such as a coil of wire, that regains its original shape after being compressed or extended.
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A usually rapid return to normal shape after removal of stress; recoil.

The spring of a bow.

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A warping, bending, or cracking, as that caused by excessive force.
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Spring is an elastic or bouncing ability or the season between winter and summer.

An example of spring is what is in a jack-in-the-box toy.

An example of spring is the month of May.

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To start doing something suddenly.

The firefighters sprang into action.

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To extend or curve upward, as a rafter or arch.
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A small stream of water flowing naturally from the earth.
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A source, beginning, or motive.

Her acquaintance was a spring of happiness.

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The point at which an arch or vault rises from its support.
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To become warped, bent, split, loose, etc.

The door has sprung.

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To rise up above surrounding objects; tower.

A steeple springing high above the town.

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To bear the cost for someone else; treat (with for)
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To rise from the impost with an outward curve.
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To cause (a game bird) to leap or come forth suddenly.

To spring a covey of quail.

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To leap over; vault.
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To cause to close or snap shut, as by a spring.

To spring a trap.

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To explode (a military mine)
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To make known or cause to appear suddenly or unexpectedly.

To spring a surprise on someone.

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To equip with springs.
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To get (someone) released from jail or custody, as by paying bail.
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The act or an instance of springing.
  • A jump or leap forward or upward, or the distance covered by this.
  • A sudden darting or flying back.
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A device, typically a coil of wire, that returns to its original form after being forced out of shape.
  • Any of various devices on an automobile chassis, designed to absorb shock.
  • Any of the coils providing the motive power in traditional clocks and watches.
  • A bedspring or box spring.
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A lively song or dance.
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The line or plane in which an arch or vault rises from its impost.
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Of, for, appearing in, or planted in the spring.
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Of or acting like a spring; elastic; resilient.
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Having, or supported on, a spring or springs.

A spring mattress.

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Coming from a spring (see.

Spring water.

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A device, such as a coil of wire, that returns to its original shape after being compressed or stretched. Because of their ability to return to their original shape, springs are used to store energy, as in mechanical clocks, and to absorb or lessen energy, as in the suspension system of vehicles.
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A small stream of water flowing naturally from the Earth.
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pronoun
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Spring is defined as to jump up or to originate from.

An example of spring is a jack-in-the-box leaping out of the toy's box.

An example of spring is for a housing development to seem as if it quickly appears.

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To move suddenly, especially because of being resilient or moved by a spring.

I let the branch spring forward. The door sprang shut.

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The act or an instance of jumping or leaping.
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To move suddenly and rapidly.
  • To move upward or forward from the ground, etc. by suddenly contracting the muscles; leap; bound; also, to make a series of such leaps.
  • To rise suddenly and quickly from or as from a sitting or lying position.
    To spring to one's feet.
  • To come, appear, etc. suddenly and quickly.
    Curses springing to his lips.
  • To move as a result of resilience; bounce.
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spring a leak
  • To starting leak a fluid suddenly:.
    The boat sprang a leak. My balloon has sprung a leak.
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spring a leak
  • To begin to leak suddenly or unexpectedly.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of spring

  • Middle English springen from Old English springan N., Middle English springe from Old English spring wellspring

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition