What does spring mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word spring.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. spring, springtimenoun

    the season of growth

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

  2. springnoun

    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 springnoun

    a natural flow of ground water

  4. springnoun

    a point at which water issues forth

  5. give, spring, springinessnoun

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

  6. leap, leaping, spring, saltation, bound, bounceverb

    a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards

  7. jump, leap, bound, springverb

    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, springverb

    develop into a distinctive entity

    "our plans began to take shape"

  9. bounce, resile, take a hop, spring, bound, rebound, recoil, reverberate, ricochetverb

    spring back; spring away from an impact

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

  10. springverb

    develop suddenly

    "The tire sprang a leak"

  11. springverb

    produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly

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


  1. springnoun

    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. springnoun

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

  3. springnoun

    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. springnoun

    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. springnoun

    A place where water emerges from the ground.

    This water is bottled from the spring of the river.

  6. springnoun

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

  7. springnoun

    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. springnoun

    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. springnoun

    An erection of the penis.

  10. springverb

    To jump or leap.

    He sprang up from his seat.

  11. springverb

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

  12. springverb

    To release or set free, especially from prison.

  13. springnoun

    The source of an action

  14. Etymology: 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. Springverb

    to leap; to bound; to jump

  2. Springverb

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

  3. Springverb

    to start or rise suddenly, as from a covert

  4. Springverb

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

  5. Springverb

    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. Springverb

    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. Springverb

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

  8. Springverb

    to grow; to prosper

  9. Springverb

    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. Springverb

    to produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly

  11. Springverb

    to cause to explode; as, to spring a mine

  12. Springverb

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

  13. Springverb

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

  14. Springverb

    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. Springverb

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

  16. Springverb

    a leap; a bound; a jump

  17. Springverb

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

  18. Springverb

    elastic power or force

  19. Springverb

    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. Springverb

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

  21. Springverb

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

  22. Springverb

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

  23. Springverb

    a race; lineage

  24. Springverb

    a youth; a springal

  25. Springverb

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

  26. Springverb

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

  27. Springverb

    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. Springverb

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

  29. Springverb

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

  30. Springverb

    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

  31. Etymology: [AS. springan; akin to D. & G. springen, OS. & OHG. springan, Icel. & Sw. springa, Dan. springe; cf. Gr. spe`rchesqai to hasten. Cf. Springe, Sprinkle.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Spring

    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 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.]

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

  1. spring

    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.

Editors Contribution

  1. spring

    A season on planet earth.

    Spring is a known time of growth and birth of many animals x

    Submitted by MaryC on January 28, 2020  
  2. spring

    In the northern hemisphere it is the months of march, april and may.

    Spring is a time for new growth and the beauty of nature.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 19, 2020  
  3. spring

    In the southern hemisphere it is the months of september, october and november.

    Spring is a time for new growth and the beauty of nature.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 19, 2020  

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  1. Spring

    in Collembola. = furcula: q.v.

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  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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spring in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spring in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of spring in a Sentence

  1. Joel Prakken:

    Deaths are likely to peak probably sometime late winter/early spring, it'll probably be sometime in second half of the year that people will be more comfortable going out.

  2. Amanda Gorman:

    The first bud of spring sings the other seeds into joining her uprising.

  3. President Biden:

    We’re going to fight this variant with science and speed, not chaos and confusion, just like we beat back COVID-19 in the spring and more powerful variant — Delta variant in the summer and fall.

  4. Brittany Thayer:

    I think it's stupid, i'm ready for spring.

  5. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    If a man gives you a harsh winter, give him back something unexpected: The warm spring!

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    large recently extinct long-horned European wild ox; considered one of the ancestors of domestic cattle
    • A. urus
    • B. sapling
    • C. congius
    • D. sundog

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