(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'.
Editor: Sharon--From WordNet
(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.
Synonyms and Synonymous
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.
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Synonyms and Antonyms
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]
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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."
Unserious Contents or Definition
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.
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Unserious Contents or Definition
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. D. H. Lawrence. Women in Love .
- 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. The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century.
- Will it spring, will it leap out if I approach? Charlotte Bronte. Villette.
- Do not allow a trivial misunderstanding to wither the blossoms of spring, which, once put forth and blighted, cannot be renewed. Charles Dickens. David Copperfield.
- When I _sor_ him (such was Mr. Donne's pronunciation) about to spring, I thought I should have fainted. Charlotte Bronte. Shirley.
- They would often spring, and bound, and leap, with prodigious agility. Jonathan Swift. Gulliver's Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World.
- Yes; and of the lake and the springs. Fergus Hume. The Island of Fantasy.
- The springs of my life fell low, and the shuddering of an unutterable dread crept over me from head to foot. Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- But immediately afterwards the armature springs backward and makes contact at _P_ and the entire operation is repeated. Bertha M. Clark. General Science.
- The union of a number of springs forms a river. Benjamin Franklin. Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin.
- Tyranny springs from democracy much as democracy springs from oligarchy. Plato. The Republic.
- 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. Fergus Hume. The Island of Fantasy.
- 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. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.
- He sprang up behind the carriage. William Makepeace Thackeray. Vanity Fair.
- The King sprang from his seat with a gesture of anger. Fergus Hume. The Island of Fantasy.
- 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. Edgar Rice Burroughs. Tarzan of the Apes.
- Or could Bertha--the dread alternative sprang on her suddenly--could Bertha, left to herself, have gone ashore to rejoin him? Edith Wharton. The House of Mirth.
- At sight of us the members of the guard sprang forward in surprise, and with levelled rifles halted us. Edgar Rice Burroughs. The Gods of Mars.
- This the Muses affirm to be the stock from which discord has sprung, wherever arising; and this is their answer to us. Plato. The Republic.
- 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. Rupert S. Holland. Historic Inventions.
- Rival companies have sprung up, using slightly different varieties of apparatus. Rupert S. Holland. Historic Inventions.
- The living spirit of the republic, it seemed, had sprung from a slaughter of royalists and the execution of the king. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- 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. Edith Wharton. The House of Mirth.
- 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. Walter Scott. Ivanhoe.
- 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. Ulysses S. Grant. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.
- Suddenly he raised his bearded face, saw us close to him, and pulled up, springing from his machine. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
- Scarcely had it started than I gave the signal to Tars Tarkas, simultaneously springing for the receding half of the pivoting door. Edgar Rice Burroughs. The Gods of Mars.
- 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. Charles Dickens. Bleak House.
- Now, I'll go down to, and go away with, Mr Lightwood,' said Bella, springing up. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- Do this, cried Crispin, springing up and clasping Justinian by the hand, and I will be your friend for life! Fergus Hume. The Island of Fantasy.
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