Definitions for springsprɪŋ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

springsprɪŋ(v.)sprang; sprung; sprung; spring•ing

  1. (v.i.)to rise, leap, or move suddenly and swiftly:

    a tiger about to spring.

  2. to be released suddenly from a constrained position:

    The door sprang open.

  3. to issue forth suddenly or forcefully:

    Oil sprang from the well.

  4. to come into being; arise:

    Industries sprang up in the suburbs.

  5. to have as one's birth or lineage:

    to spring from seafaring folk.

  6. to extend upward.

  7. to take an upward course or curve from a point of support, as an arch.

    Category: Architecture

  8. to occur suddenly:

    An objection sprang to mind.

  9. to become bent or warped.

  10. (v.t.)to cause to spring.

  11. to cause the sudden operation of:

    to spring a trap.

  12. to cause to work loose, warp, or split:

    Moisture sprang the board from the fence.

  13. to undergo the development of:

    sprang a leak.

  14. to bend by force.

  15. to produce by surprise:

    to spring a joke.

  16. to leap over.

  17. Slang. to secure the release of from confinement.

    Category: Status (usage)

  18. spring for,Informal. to pay for; treat someone to.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  19. (n.)an act of springing; a sudden leap or bound.

  20. an elastic quality:

    a spring in his walk.

  21. a structural defect caused by a warp or crack.

  22. an issue of water from the ground.

  23. the place of such an issue:

    mineral springs.

  24. a source; fountainhead:

    a spring of inspiration.

  25. an elastic contrivance or body, as a strip or wire of steel coiled spirally, that recovers its shape after being compressed, bent, or stretched.

    Category: Machinery

  26. the season between winter and summer, marked by the budding and growth of plants and the onset of warmer weather: in the Northern Hemisphere from the March equinox to the June solstice; in the Southern Hemisphere from the September equinox to the December solstice.

    Category: Astronomy

  27. the first stage and freshest period:

    the spring of life.

  28. the point at which an arch or dome rises from its support. the rise or the angle of the rise of an arch.

    Category: Architecture

    Ref: Also called springing.

Origin of spring:

bef. 900; OE springan, c. OFris springa, OS, OHG springan, ON springa; (n.) OE spring issue of a stream, c. MLG, OHG spring

Princeton's WordNet

  1. spring, springtime(noun)

    the season of growth

    "the emerging buds were a sure sign of spring"; "he will hold office until the spring of next year"

  2. spring(noun)

    a metal elastic device that returns to its shape or position when pushed or pulled or pressed

    "the spring was broken"

  3. spring, fountain, outflow, outpouring, natural spring(noun)

    a natural flow of ground water

  4. spring(noun)

    a point at which water issues forth

  5. give, spring, springiness(noun)

    the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length

  6. leap, leaping, spring, saltation, bound, bounce(verb)

    a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards

  7. jump, leap, bound, spring(verb)

    move forward by leaps and bounds

    "The horse bounded across the meadow"; "The child leapt across the puddle"; "Can you jump over the fence?"

  8. form, take form, take shape, spring(verb)

    develop into a distinctive entity

    "our plans began to take shape"

  9. bounce, resile, take a hop, spring, bound, rebound, recoil, reverberate, ricochet(verb)

    spring back; spring away from an impact

    "The rubber ball bounced"; "These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide"

  10. spring(verb)

    develop suddenly

    "The tire sprang a leak"

  11. spring(verb)

    produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly

    "He sprang these news on me just as I was leaving"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. spring(noun)ɪŋ

    the season after winter when plants begin to grow again

    We went to France last spring.; when it warms up in spring

  2. springɪŋ

    a piece of stiff, coiled wire

    mattress springs; tiny springs that make the watch work

  3. springɪŋ

    a source of water underground

    The lake is fed by springs.

  4. spring(verb)ɪŋ

    to jump, move, or bounce quickly

    The rabbit sprang into the bushes.; She sprang to her feet to greet us.; A branch sprang back and hit me in the face.

  5. springɪŋ

    to happen or appear suddenly

    Tiny green blades of grass sprang out of the ground.; the new tourist industry springing up in the region

  6. springɪŋ

    to do quickly or with energy

    Her husband sprang to her defense.; Tears sprang to my eyes.

Wiktionary

  1. spring(Noun)

    Traditionally the first of the four seasons of the year in temperate regions, in which plants spring from the ground and trees come into blossom, following winter and preceding summer.

  2. spring(Noun)

    Meteorologically, the months of March, April and May in the northern hemisphere (or September, October and November in the southern).

  3. spring(Noun)

    The astronomically delineated period from the moment of vernal equinox, approximately March 21 in the northern hemisphere to the moment of the summer solstice, approximately June 21. (See for other variations.)

  4. spring(Noun)

    Spring tide; a tide of greater-than-average range, that is, around the first or third quarter of a lunar month, or around the times of the new or full moon.

  5. spring(Noun)

    A place where water emerges from the ground.

    This water is bottled from the spring of the river.

  6. spring(Noun)

    The property of a body of springing to its original form after being compressed, stretched, etc.

  7. spring(Noun)

    A mechanical device made of flexible or coiled material that exerts force when it is bent, compressed or stretched.

    We jumped so hard the bed springs broke.

  8. spring(Noun)

    A rope attaching the bow of a vessel to the stern-side of the jetty, or vice versa, to stop the vessel from surging.

    You should put a couple of springs onto the jetty to stop the boat moving so much.

  9. spring(Noun)

    An erection of the penis.

  10. spring(Verb)

    To jump or leap.

    He sprang up from his seat.

  11. spring(Verb)

    To produce or disclose unexpectedly, especially of surprises, traps, etc.

  12. spring(Verb)

    To release or set free, especially from prison.

  13. spring(Noun)

    The source of an action

  14. Origin: springen, from Old English springan, from springanan (compare springe, Dutch/German springen, Swedish springa), from spr̥g̑h (compare Lithuanian spreñgti ‘to push in’, Old Church Slavonic ‘to spin, stretch’, Ancient Greek ‘to hasten’, Sanskrit ‘is eager’).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spring(verb)

    to leap; to bound; to jump

  2. Spring(verb)

    to issue with speed and violence; to move with activity; to dart; to shoot

  3. Spring(verb)

    to start or rise suddenly, as from a covert

  4. Spring(verb)

    to fly back; as, a bow, when bent, springs back by its elastic power

  5. Spring(verb)

    to bend from a straight direction or plane surface; to become warped; as, a piece of timber, or a plank, sometimes springs in seasoning

  6. Spring(verb)

    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

  7. Spring(verb)

    to issue or proceed, as from a parent or ancestor; to result, as from a cause, motive, reason, or principle

  8. Spring(verb)

    to grow; to prosper

  9. Spring(verb)

    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

  10. Spring(verb)

    to produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly

  11. Spring(verb)

    to cause to explode; as, to spring a mine

  12. Spring(verb)

    to crack or split; to bend or strain so as to weaken; as, to spring a mast or a yard

  13. Spring(verb)

    to cause to close suddenly, as the parts of a trap operated by a spring; as, to spring a trap

  14. Spring(verb)

    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

  15. Spring(verb)

    to pass over by leaping; as, to spring a fence

  16. Spring(verb)

    a leap; a bound; a jump

  17. Spring(verb)

    a flying back; the resilience of a body recovering its former state by elasticity; as, the spring of a bow

  18. Spring(verb)

    elastic power or force

  19. Spring(verb)

    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

  20. Spring(verb)

    any source of supply; especially, the source from which a stream proceeds; as issue of water from the earth; a natural fountain

  21. Spring(verb)

    any active power; that by which action, or motion, is produced or propagated; cause; origin; motive

  22. Spring(verb)

    that which springs, or is originated, from a source;

  23. Spring(verb)

    a race; lineage

  24. Spring(verb)

    a youth; a springal

  25. Spring(verb)

    a shoot; a plant; a young tree; also, a grove of trees; woodland

  26. Spring(verb)

    that which causes one to spring; specifically, a lively tune

  27. Spring(verb)

    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

  28. Spring(verb)

    the time of growth and progress; early portion; first stage

  29. Spring(verb)

    a crack or fissure in a mast or yard, running obliquely or transversely

  30. Spring(verb)

    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

Freebase

  1. Spring

    Spring is one of the four conventional temperate seasons, following winter and preceding summer. There are various technical definitions of spring, but local usage of the term varies according to local climate, cultures and customs. When it is spring in the northern hemisphere, it will be autumn in the southern hemisphere. At the spring equinox, days are close to 12 hours long with day length increasing as the season progresses. Spring and "springtime" refer to the season, and also to ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection, and regrowth.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. SPRING

    Formerly a very delightful season but now obsolete except in poetry and the Old Farmer's Almanac.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spring' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1878

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spring' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2652

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spring' in Nouns Frequency: #745

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spring' in Verbs Frequency: #778


Translations for spring

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

spring(noun)

a coil of wire or other similar device which can be compressed or squeezed down but returns to its original shape when released

a watch-spring; the springs in a chair.

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