the season of growth
"the emerging buds were a sure sign of spring"; "he will hold office until the spring of next year"
a metal elastic device that returns to its shape or position when pushed or pulled or pressed
"the spring was broken"
spring, fountain, outflow, outpouring, natural spring(noun)
a natural flow of ground water
a point at which water issues forth
give, spring, springiness(noun)
the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length
leap, leaping, spring, saltation, bound, bounce(verb)
a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards
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?"
form, take form, take shape, spring(verb)
develop into a distinctive entity
"our plans began to take shape"
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"
"The tire sprang a leak"
produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly
"He sprang these news on me just as I was leaving"
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.
Meteorologically, the months of March, April and May in the northern hemisphere (or September, October and November in the southern).
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.)
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.
A place where water emerges from the ground.
This water is bottled from the spring of the river.
The property of a body of springing to its original form after being compressed, stretched, etc.
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.
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.
An erection of the penis.
To jump or leap.
He sprang up from his seat.
To produce or disclose unexpectedly, especially of surprises, traps, etc.
To release or set free, especially from prison.
The source of an action
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’).
to leap; to bound; to jump
to issue with speed and violence; to move with activity; to dart; to shoot
to start or rise suddenly, as from a covert
to fly back; as, a bow, when bent, springs back by its elastic power
to bend from a straight direction or plane surface; to become warped; as, a piece of timber, or a plank, sometimes springs in seasoning
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
to issue or proceed, as from a parent or ancestor; to result, as from a cause, motive, reason, or principle
to grow; to prosper
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
to produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly
to cause to explode; as, to spring a mine
to crack or split; to bend or strain so as to weaken; as, to spring a mast or a yard
to cause to close suddenly, as the parts of a trap operated by a spring; as, to spring a trap
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
to pass over by leaping; as, to spring a fence
a leap; a bound; a jump
a flying back; the resilience of a body recovering its former state by elasticity; as, the spring of a bow
elastic power or force
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
any source of supply; especially, the source from which a stream proceeds; as issue of water from the earth; a natural fountain
any active power; that by which action, or motion, is produced or propagated; cause; origin; motive
that which springs, or is originated, from a source;
a race; lineage
a youth; a springal
a shoot; a plant; a young tree; also, a grove of trees; woodland
that which causes one to spring; specifically, a lively tune
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
the time of growth and progress; early portion; first stage
a crack or fissure in a mast or yard, running obliquely or transversely
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
Origin: [AS. springan; akin to D. & G. springen, OS. & OHG. springan, Icel. & Sw. springa, Dan. springe; cf. Gr. spe`rchesqai to hasten. Cf. Springe, Sprinkle.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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;
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
Formerly a very delightful season but now obsolete except in poetry and the Old Farmer's Almanac.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
A crack running obliquely through any part of a mast or yard, which renders it unsafe to carry the usual sail thereon, and the spar is then said to be sprung. Also, a hawser laid out to some fixed object to slue a vessel proceeding to sea. (See WARP.)--To spring. To split or break.--To spring a butt. To start the end of a plank on the outside of a ship's bottom. (See BUTT.)--To spring a leak, is when a vessel is suddenly discovered to leak.--To spring the luff, easing the helm down to receive a breeze; to bring a vessel's head closer to the wind in sailing. Thus a vessel coming up sharply to the wind under full way shoots, and may run much to windward of her course, until met by a contrary helm.--To spring a mine. To fire its charge.
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Rank popularity for the word 'spring' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2652
Rank popularity for the word 'spring' in Nouns Frequency: #745
Rank popularity for the word 'spring' in Verbs Frequency: #778
The numerical value of spring in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of spring in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
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- ааԥынра, ааҧын, ааҧынра, аиҵас, ааԥынAbkhaz
- bron, lente, veerAfrikaans
- عين, ربيعArabic
- yaz, yavlak, baharAzerbaijani
- шишмә, яҙBashkir
- ўве́сну, вясна́Belarusian
- про́лет, пружи́на, извор, скачамBulgarian
- དཔྱིདTibetan Standard
- andon, eienenn, mammenn, gwinterell, nevezamzerBreton
- primavera, molla, ressort, saltarCatalan, Valencian
- бӏаьсте̄, ӏадChechen
- pramen, jaro, pružina, skočitCzech
- веснаOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- ffynnon, gwanwynWelsh
- fjeder, forår, vår, kilde, springe, hoppeDanish
- Lenz, Springflut, Feder, Quelle, Frühling, Sprungfeder, Frühjahr, springenGerman
- ελατήριο, άνοιξη, σούστα, έαρ, πηγή, ελαστικότητα, ξεπετάγομαι, πετάγομαι, αναπηδώGreek
- printempo, fonto, risortoEsperanto
- fuente, muelle, primavera, origen, manantial, resorte, saltarSpanish
- allikas, vedru, kevad, läte, veesilmEstonian
- Malguki, iturri, udaberri, saltatuBasque
- بهار, چشمه, فنرPersian
- lähde, joustavuus, kevät, koitto, jousto, springi, jousi, vieteri, tulvavuoksi, loikka, joustin, halkeama, loikata, vapauttaa, hypätä, ponnahtaaFinnish
- fjøður, vár, hoppa, støkka, leypa, springaFaroese
- printemps, source, ressort, sauterFrench
- fear, welle, maaitiid, maitiid, foarjier, springeWestern Frisian
- earrach, foinseIrish
- earrach, fuaran, leumScottish Gaelic
- primavera, fonte, resorte, manancial, saltarGalician
- אביב, מעיין, קפיץHebrew
- बहार, बसन्तHindi
- rugó, tavasz, forrásHungarian
- աղբյուր, ակունք, զսպանակ, գարուն, ակArmenian
- primavera, resorto, fonteInterlingua
- per, pegas, lompatIndonesian
- molla, primavera, fonte, sorgente, saltareItalian
- 泉, 春, 温泉, ばねJapanese
- ზამბარა, გაზაფხული, წყაროGeorgian
- 샘, 용수철, 한사리, 봄Korean
- kanî, biharKurdish
- vēr, fons, circumsilioLatin
- Fréijoer, sprangenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- ວະສັນຕະຣະດູ, ນ້ຳພຸ, ວະສັນ, ວະສັນຕະLao
- šaltinis, pavasaris, versmė, verdenė, spyruoklėLithuanian
- avots, pavasaris, atspereLatvian
- kōanga, puna, piringi, arawhiti, peke, turupanaMāori
- федер, вруток, пружина, пролет, извор, отскокнува, скокнуваMacedonian
- mata air, pegas, per, musim semi, musim bunga, springMalay
- rebbiegħa, nixxiegħa, għajn, molla, qabżaMaltese
- veer, voorjaar, wel, lente, springtij, bron, springenDutch
- fjørNorwegian Nynorsk
- daanNavajo, Navaho
- уалдзӕгOssetian, Ossetic
- ਬਸੰਤPanjabi, Punjabi
- wiosna, źródło, sprężynaPolish
- پسرلۍPashto, Pushto
- origem, primavera, fonte, manancial, mola, saltarPortuguese
- izvor, arc, primăvarăRomanian
- эласти́чность, скачо́к, шпринг, исто́чник, пружи́на, весна́, ключ, упру́гость, причи́на, рессо́ра, родни́к, моти́в, прыжо́к, прили́в, вска́кивать, пры́гать, скака́ть, веснаRussian
- baranu, benau, beranu, veranu, banauSardinian
- giđđaNorthern Sami
- proljeće, proleće, опруга, федер, opruga, feder, proliće, prolitje, пролеће, прољећеSerbo-Croatian
- වසන්ත ඍතුවSinhala, Sinhalese
- pomlád, izvír, peró, vzmétSlovene
- vår, källa, fjäder, hoppaSwedish
- majira ya chipuko, kipindi cha demani, kisima, masika, kosaSwahili
- வசந்த காலம்Tamil
- వసంత ఋతువు, పుష్పసమయముTelugu
- tagsibol, tumalonTagalog
- ilkbahar, bahar, kaynak, zemberek, yay, sıçramak, fırlamakTurkish
- بسنت, بہارUrdu
- 春, lò xo, mùa xuân, 務春, xuânVietnamese
- bontins, prétinsWalloon
- פרילינג, קוואַל, ספּרענזשינעסYiddish
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