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Definitions of spring

  1. a light springing movement upwards or forwards Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. spring back; spring away from an impact; "The rubber ball bounced"; "These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. develop into a distinctive entity; "our plans began to take shape" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a natural flow of ground water Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. a metal elastic device that returns to its shape or position when pushed or pulled or pressed; "the spring was broken" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. a point at which water issues forth Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. the season of growth; "the emerging buds were a sure sign of spring"; "he will hold office until the spring of next year" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. develop suddenly; "The tire sprang a leak" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly; "He sprang these news on me just as I was leaving" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly; "He sprang a new haircut on his wife" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. occurring in or appropriate to the season of spring; "spring rains"; "springtime activities" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. To leap; to bound; to jump. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. To issue with speed and violence; to move with activity; to dart; to shoot. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. To start or rise suddenly, as from a covert. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. To fly back; as, a bow, when bent, springs back by its elastic power. Newage Dictionary DB
  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. Newage Dictionary DB
  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. Newage Dictionary DB
  20. To issue or proceed, as from a parent or ancestor; to result, as from a cause, motive, reason, or principle. Newage Dictionary DB
  21. To grow; to prosper. Newage Dictionary DB
  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. Newage Dictionary DB
  23. To produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly. Newage Dictionary DB
  24. To cause to explode; as, to spring a mine. Newage Dictionary DB
  25. To crack or split; to bend or strain so as to weaken; as, to spring a mast or a yard. Newage Dictionary DB
  26. To cause to close suddenly, as the parts of a trap operated by a spring; as, to spring a trap. Newage Dictionary DB
  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. Newage Dictionary DB
  28. To pass over by leaping; as, to spring a fence. Newage Dictionary DB
  29. A leap; a bound; a jump. Newage Dictionary DB
  30. A flying back; the resilience of a body recovering its former state by elasticity; as, the spring of a bow. Newage Dictionary DB
  31. Elastic power or force. Newage Dictionary DB
  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. Newage Dictionary DB
  33. Any source of supply; especially, the source from which a stream proceeds; as issue of water from the earth; a natural fountain. Newage Dictionary DB
  34. Any active power; that by which action, or motion, is produced or propagated; cause; origin; motive. Newage Dictionary DB
  35. That which springs, or is originated, from a source; Newage Dictionary DB
  36. A race; lineage. Newage Dictionary DB
  37. A youth; a springal. Newage Dictionary DB
  38. A shoot; a plant; a young tree; also, a grove of trees; woodland. Newage Dictionary DB
  39. That which causes one to spring; specifically, a lively tune. Newage Dictionary DB
  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. Newage Dictionary DB
  41. The time of growth and progress; early portion; first stage. Newage Dictionary DB
  42. A crack or fissure in a mast or yard, running obliquely or transversely. Newage Dictionary DB
  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. Newage Dictionary DB
  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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  47. Sprang. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  48. Sprung. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  49. Springing. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  53. A leap; recoil; elastic body; elasticity; active power; cause; source; fountain; vernal season. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  54. Sprang or sprung. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  55. To bound; leap; rush hastily; move by elasticity; issue; come into existence; have its origin. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  56. To cause to spring; fire, as a mine; produce suddenly; open, as a leak; crack, as a mast; sprain. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  57. To release the spring of, as a trap. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  58. To do or cause to act unexpectedly and suddenly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  59. To bend forcibly; strain. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  60. To bound; move suddenly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  61. To proceed; originate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  62. To be warped or bent. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  63. An elastic body or contrivance that yields under stress and flieback when the stress is removed. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  64. Elastic quality or energy; recoil. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  65. A jump; bound. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  66. The season in which vegetation starts anew. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  67. A flow or fountain, as of water; a source; origin. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  73. (Heb. 'ain, "the bright open source, the eye of the landscape"). To be carefully distinguished from "well" (q.v.). "Springs" mentioned in Joshua 10:40 (Heb. 'ashdoth) should rather be "declivities" or "slopes" (RSV), i.e., the undulating ground lying between the lowlands (the shephelah) and the central range of hills. biblestudytools.com
  74. String PRocessING language foldoc_fs
  75. 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. dictgcide_fs
  76. To grow; to thrive; to prosper. dictgcide_fs
  77. To produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly; as, to spring a surprise on someone; to spring a joke. dictgcide_fs
  78. 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. dictgcide_fs
  79. To release (a person) from confinement, especially from a prison. dictgcide_fs
  80. A flying back; the resilience of a body recovering its former state by its elasticity; as, the spring of a bow. dictgcide_fs
  81. Any source of supply; especially, the source from which a stream proceeds; an issue of water from the earth; a natural fountain. dictgcide_fs
  82. The time of growth and progress; early portion; first stage; as, the spring of life. dictgcide_fs
  83. spring, v.i. 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.--v.t. to cause to spring up: to start: to produce quickly, cause to act suddenly: to leap over: to explode, as a mine: to open, as a leak: to crack, as a mast: to bend by force, strain: (archit.) to start from an abutment, &c.: to set together with bevel-joints:--pa.t. sprang, sprung; pa.p. sprung.--n. 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.--ns. SPRING'AL, SPRING'ALD, an active springy young man, a youth; SPRING'-BACK, an inner false joint on a bound book, springing upward from the true or outer back when the book is opened flat; SPRING'-BAL'ANCE, an instrument for determining the weight of a body by the elasticity of a spiral spring; SPRING'-BEAM, a beam of considerable span, without central support, the tie-beam of a truss; in a steamer, a fore-and-aft beam for connecting the two paddle-beams: an elastic bar at the top of a tilt-hammer, jig-saw, &c.; SPRING'-BEAU'TY, the Claytonia Virginica; SPRING'-BED, a mattress formed of spiral springs set in a wooden frame; SPRING'-BEE'TLE, an elater; SPRING'-BOARD, a board fastened on elastic supports, used to spring from in performing feats of agility; SPRING'BOK, a beautiful South African antelope, larger than a roebuck [Dut.]; SPRING'-BOX, a box or barrel in which a spring is coiled: the frame of a sofa, &c., in which the springs are set; SPRING'-CARR'IAGE, a wheel-carriage mounted on springs; SPRING'-CART, a light cart mounted upon springs; SPRING'ER, a kind of dog of the spaniel class, useful for springing game in copses: one who springs: the bottom stone of an arch; SPRING'-GUN, a gun having wires connected with its trigger, and so fixed and planted as to be discharged when trespassers stumble against the wire; SPRING'-HALT, a jerking lameness in which a horse suddenly twitches up his leg or legs; SPRING'-HAMM'ER, a machine-hammer in which the blow is delivered or augmented by the force of a spring; SPRING'-HEAD, a fountain-head, source: a head or end-piece for a carriage-spring.--adj. SPRING'-HEAD'ED (Spens.), having heads springing afresh.--ns. SPRING'-HEELED JACK, one supposed capable of leaping a great height or distance in carrying out mischievous or frolicsome tricks; SPRING'-HOOK, an angler's snap-hook or spear-hook: a latch or door-hook with a spring-catch for keeping it fast in the staple: in a locomotive, a hook fixing the driving-wheel spring to the frame; SPRING'-HOUSE, a house for keeping meat in, or a dairy, built for coolness over a spring or brook; SPRING'INESS; SPRING'ING, the act of springing, leaping, arising, or issuing: (B.) growth, increase: (archit.) the lowest part of an arch on both sides; SPRING'-JACK, a device for inserting a loop in a main electric line-circuit, a plug being forced between two spring contacts; SPRING'-LATCH, a latch that snaps into the keeper whenever the door is shut; SPRING'LET, a little spring: a small stream; SPRING'-LIG'AMENT, the inferior calcaneoscaphoid ligament of the sole of the foot; SPRING'-LOCK, a lock which fastens by a spring; SPRING'-MAT'TRESS=Spring-bed; SPRING'-NET, a net that closes with a spring; SPRING'-PAD'LOCK, a padlock that snaps itself shut; SPRING'-POLE, a pole whose elasticity serves as a spring; SPRING'-SAD'DLE, a bent iron bar of [Spring-saddle] form on the top of a railway carriage journal-box, surrounding the arch-bar and supporting the spring; SPRING'-SEARCH'ER, a steel-pronged tool to search for defects in the bore of a gun; SPRING'-SHACK'LE, a shackle closed by a spring: a shackle joining one spring of a vehicle with another or with a rigid piece; SPRING'-STAY (naut.), a smaller stay, placed above the stays as a duplicate if needed; SPRING'-STUD, a rod passed through the axis of a coil-spring to keep it in place; SPRING'-TAIL, one of an order of primitive wingless insects (Collembola), so called popularly from a peculiar springing fork usually present on the abdomen; SPRING'-TIDE, the periodical excess of the elevation and depression of the tide, after new and full moon, when both sun and moon act in the same direction; SPRING'-TIDE, -TIME, the season of spring; SPRING'-TOOL, any tool bearing a spring, as a glass-blower's tongs; SPRING'-TRAP, a trap worked by a spring, a mouse-trap, &c.; SPRING'-VALVE, a valve fitted with a spring: a safety-valve connected with a spring-balance; SPRING'-WA'TER, water issuing from a spring; SPRING'-WHEAT, wheat sown in the spring, rather than autumn or winter; SPRING'-WORT, a plant which draws down lightning--perh. the caperspurge.--adj. SPRING'Y, pertaining to, or like, a spring, elastic, nimble: abounding with springs.--SPRING A LEAK, to commence leaking; SPRING A MINE, to cause it to explode--often used figuratively; SPRING A RATTLE, to cause a rattle to sound; SPRING AT, to leap at; SPRING FORTH, to come forward with a leap: to shoot up rapidly; SPRING ON, or UPON, to attack with violence. [A.S. springan; Ger. springen.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  84. (sprang, sprung). Leap, jump, move rapidly or suddenly, (often up, down, out, over, through, away, back, &c.), as sprang (up) from his scat, sprang through the gap, at his throat, to their assistance, blood sprang to her cheeks; move rapidly as from constrained position or by action of a spring, as branch sprang back, door sprang to; come into being (usUnited States up), arise (often from source), appear, as a breeze sprang up, the belief has sprung up, his action s. from a jalse conviction, (to person arriving suddenly or unexpectedly or whose presence is only now realized) where do or did you s. from?; (of wood) warp; (t. & i. of wood) split, crack, as bat is or ha sprung, have sprung my racket; (p.p., colloq.) tipsy; rouse (game) from earth or covert; cause to act suddenly by means of a spring, produce or develop suddenly or unexpectedly, as s. a trap, has sprung a new theory, loves to s. surprises on us; cause (mine) to burst; (Naut., of ship) s. a butt, loosen end of plank by labouring in heavy sea, s. a leak, develop leak from starting of timbers, s. the or her luff, yield to helm& sail nearer to wind. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  85. Leap, as took a s., rose with a s.; season in which vegetation begins, season preceding summer (esp. from about March 21 to June 22); fountain of water issuing from earth, basin formed at place where this issues, as hot, mineral, ss.; backward movement from constrained position, recoil, e.g. of bow; elasticity, as his muscles have no s. in them; elastic contrivance usu. of bent or coiled metal used esp. as motive power in clockwork &c. or for preventing jar as in carriage, as bow s. (bowshaped), cee s., air or pneumatic s. (working by compression of air), hair-s., main s.; (fig.) motive actuating person &c., source, origin, as the ss. of human action, the custom had its s. in another country; upward curve of beam &c. from horizontal line; starting of plank; springing of leak; day-s.; s.-balance (measuring weight by tension of s.); s.-beam, beam stretching across wide space without intermediate support, elastic bar used as s. in tilt-hammer &c.; s.-bed, -mattress, mattress formed of spiral ss. in wooden frame; s.-board, elastic board giving impetus in leaping, diving, &c.; s.-carriage, -cart, (mounted on ss.); s.-gun (contrived to go off when trespasser or animal stumbles on it); s.-halt, convulsive movement of horse\'s hind leg in walking; s.-tide, high tide occurring shortly after new& full moon in each month, (poet.) springtime; springtime, season of s.; s. water (from s., opp. to river or rain water). Hence springless, springlike, aa., springlet n. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  86. n. A leap; a bound; a jump, as of an animal ;-a flying back; resilience ;-elastic power or force ;-an elastic body, as a steel-rod, plate, or coil ; a mass or strip of India rubber, &c.-used for various mechanical purposes ; - any source of supply ; especially, the source from which a stream proceeds; a fountain that by which action or motion is produced or propagated : cause origin ; rise ; beginning; -shoot ; young plant or tree ;-a leak in a ship ; start of a plank ;-a quick and lively tune [Scottish];- a shoulder of pork ;-the season of the year when plants begin to vegetate and rise ; the months of March, April, and May. Cabinet Dictionary

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