(noun.) a metal elastic device that returns to its shape or position when pushed or pulled or pressed; 'the spring was broken'.
(noun.) a point at which water issues forth.
(noun.) a natural flow of ground water.
(noun.) the season of growth; 'the emerging buds were a sure sign of spring'; 'he will hold office until the spring of next year'.
(verb.) develop suddenly; 'The tire sprang a leak'.
(verb.) produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly; 'He sprang these news on me just as I was leaving'.
(v. i.) To leap; to bound; to jump.
(v. i.) To issue with speed and violence; to move with activity; to dart; to shoot.
(v. i.) To start or rise suddenly, as from a covert.
(v. i.) To fly back; as, a bow, when bent, springs back by its elastic power.
(v. i.) To bend from a straight direction or plane surface; to become warped; as, a piece of timber, or a plank, sometimes springs in seasoning.
(v. i.) 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.
(v. i.) To issue or proceed, as from a parent or ancestor; to result, as from a cause, motive, reason, or principle.
(v. i.) To grow; to prosper.
(v. t.) 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.
(v. t.) To produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly.
(v. t.) To cause to explode; as, to spring a mine.
(v. t.) To crack or split; to bend or strain so as to weaken; as, to spring a mast or a yard.
(v. t.) To cause to close suddenly, as the parts of a trap operated by a spring; as, to spring a trap.
(v. t.) 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.
(v. t.) To pass over by leaping; as, to spring a fence.
(v. i.) A leap; a bound; a jump.
(v. i.) A flying back; the resilience of a body recovering its former state by elasticity; as, the spring of a bow.
(v. i.) Elastic power or force.
(v. i.) 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.
(v. i.) Any source of supply; especially, the source from which a stream proceeds; as issue of water from the earth; a natural fountain.
(v. i.) Any active power; that by which action, or motion, is produced or propagated; cause; origin; motive.
(v. i.) That which springs, or is originated, from a source;
(v. i.) A race; lineage.
(v. i.) A youth; a springal.
(v. i.) A shoot; a plant; a young tree; also, a grove of trees; woodland.
(v. i.) That which causes one to spring; specifically, a lively tune.
(v. i.) 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.
(v. i.) The time of growth and progress; early portion; first stage.
(v. i.) A crack or fissure in a mast or yard, running obliquely or transversely.
(v. i.) 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.
v. n. . Leap, bound, jump, vault, hop, CAPER.. Rise, start, come forth.. Arise, proceed, issue, put forth, shoot forth, make its appearance.. Originate, emanate, flow, take its rise, have its origin.. Rebound, fly back.. Warp, bend.
n. . Leap, bound, jump.. Elasticity, resiliency, springiness, elastic force.. Fountain, well, FOUNT, fountain-head.. Source, original, origin, principle, cause.. Vernal season.
SYN:Leap, bound, jump, start, emerge, issue, proceed, originate, rise, emanate,germinate, burst, flow
ANT:Settle, alight, land, drop, arrive, issue, eventuate, end, terminate, debouch,disembogue
SYN:Origin, source, fountain, beginning, rise,[See PURE]
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 ; 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 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."
To dream that spring is advancing, is a sign of fortunate undertakings and cheerful companions. To see spring appearing unnaturally, is a foreboding of disquiet and losses.
Formerly a very delightful season but now obsolete except in poetry and the Old Farmer's Almanac.
- To Gudrun this day was full of a promise like spring. 戴维·赫伯特·劳伦斯. 恋爱中的女人.
- In the spring of 1862 the Monitor met the Merrimac in engagement in Hampton Roads, and established the great value of the turret monitor. Edward W. Byrn. 十九世纪发明进展.
- Will it spring, will it leap out if I approach? 夏洛蒂·勃朗特. 维莱特.
- Do not allow a trivial misunderstanding to wither the blossoms of spring, which, once put forth and blighted, cannot be renewed. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 大卫·科波菲尔.
- When I _sor_ him (such was Mr. Donne's pronunciation) about to spring, I thought I should have fainted. 夏洛蒂·勃朗特. 雪莉.
- They would often spring, and bound, and leap, with prodigious agility. 乔纳森·斯威夫特. 格列佛游记.
- Yes; and of the lake and the springs. 弗格斯·休姆. 奇幻岛.
- The springs of my life fell low, and the shuddering of an unutterable dread crept over me from head to foot. 威尔基·柯林斯. 白衣女人.
- But immediately afterwards the armature springs backward and makes contact at _P_ and the entire operation is repeated. 伯莎M.克拉克. 科学通论.
- The union of a number of springs forms a river. 本杰明·富兰克林. 富兰克林自传.
- Tyranny springs from democracy much as democracy springs from oligarchy. 柏拉图. 理想国.
- He has warned us twice, replied Justinian, as he walked out into the court with the poet; once by the earthquake, again by the springs. 弗格斯·休姆. 奇幻岛.
- As our visitor concluded, Holmes sprang up without a word, handed me my hat, picked his own from the table, and followed Dr. Trevelyan to the door. 阿瑟·柯南·道尔. 福尔摩斯回忆录.
- He sprang up behind the carriage. 威廉·梅克比斯·萨克雷. 名利场.
- The King sprang from his seat with a gesture of anger. 弗格斯·休姆. 奇幻岛.
- As he saw his mate go down he crouched, and, with a low snarl, sprang upon the captain crushing him to his knees with a single mighty blow. 埃德加·赖斯·巴勒斯. 人猿泰山.
- Or could Bertha--the dread alternative sprang on her suddenly--could Bertha, left to herself, have gone ashore to rejoin him? 伊迪丝·华顿. 快乐之家.
- At sight of us the members of the guard sprang forward in surprise, and with levelled rifles halted us. 埃德加·赖斯·巴勒斯. 火星战神.
- This the Muses affirm to be the stock from which discord has sprung, wherever arising; and this is their answer to us. 柏拉图. 理想国.
- V ARKWRIGHT AND THE SPINNING-JENNY 1732-1792 All the great English inventors have sprung from families of small means, and have had to work for their living. 鲁伯特·萨金特·荷兰. 历史性发明.
- Rival companies have sprung up, using slightly different varieties of apparatus. 鲁伯特·萨金特·荷兰. 历史性发明.
- The living spirit of the republic, it seemed, had sprung from a slaughter of royalists and the execution of the king. 赫伯特·乔治·威尔斯. 世界史纲.
- A breeze had sprung up, swaying inward the muslin curtains, and bringing a fresh scent of mignonette and petunias from the flower-box on the balcony. 伊迪丝·华顿. 快乐之家.
- No longer a serf, but a freeman and a landholder, Gurth sprung upon his feet, and twice bounded aloft to almost his own height from the ground. 沃尔特·司各特. 艾凡赫.
- There is a high rocky mound, called El Penon, on the right of the road, springing up from the low flat ground dividing the lakes. 尤利西斯·格兰特. U．S．格兰特的个人回忆录.
- Suddenly he raised his bearded face, saw us close to him, and pulled up, springing from his machine. 阿瑟·柯南·道尔. 福尔摩斯归来记.
- Scarcely had it started than I gave the signal to Tars Tarkas, simultaneously springing for the receding half of the pivoting door. 埃德加·赖斯·巴勒斯. 火星战神.
- Twice lately there has been a crash and a cloud of dust, like the springing of a mine, in Tom-all-Alone's; and each time a house has fallen. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 荒凉山庄.
- Now, I'll go down to, and go away with, Mr Lightwood,' said Bella, springing up. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 我们共同的朋友.
- Do this, cried Crispin, springing up and clasping Justinian by the hand, and I will be your friend for life! 弗格斯·休姆. 奇幻岛.