Definition of Spring

1. Noun. The season of growth. "He will hold office until the spring of next year"

Exact synonyms: Springtime
Terms within: March Equinox, Spring Equinox, Vernal Equinox
Generic synonyms: Season, Time Of Year

2. Verb. Move forward by leaps and bounds. "The horses spring across the field"; "Can you jump over the fence?"

3. Noun. A metal elastic device that returns to its shape or position when pushed or pulled or pressed. "The spring was broken"

4. Verb. Develop into a distinctive entity. "Our plans began to take shape"
Exact synonyms: Form, Take Form, Take Shape
Specialized synonyms: Regenerate
Generic synonyms: Become
Derivative terms: Formation

5. Noun. A natural flow of ground water.

6. Verb. Spring back; spring away from an impact. "These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide"
Exact synonyms: Bounce, Bound, Rebound, Recoil, Resile, Reverberate, Ricochet, Take A Hop
Specialized synonyms: Kick, Kick Back, Recoil, Bound Off, Skip, Carom
Generic synonyms: Bound, Jump, Leap
Derivative terms: Bounce, Bounce, Bound, Rebound, Recoil, Resiliency, Resilient, Ricochet

7. Noun. A point at which water issues forth.
Generic synonyms: Beginning, Origin, Root, Rootage, Source

8. Verb. Develop suddenly. "The tire sprang a leak"
Generic synonyms: Acquire, Develop, Get, Grow, Produce

9. Noun. The elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length.
Exact synonyms: Give, Springiness
Generic synonyms: Elasticity, Snap
Derivative terms: Give, Springy

10. Verb. Produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly. "He sprang these news on me just as I was leaving"

11. Noun. A light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards.
Exact synonyms: Bounce, Bound, Leap, Leaping, Saltation
Generic synonyms: Jump, Jumping
Specialized synonyms: Caper, Capriole, Pounce
Derivative terms: Bound, Bound, Leap, Leap, Saltate

Definition of Spring

1. v. i. To leap; to bound; to jump.

2. 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.

3. n. A leap; a bound; a jump.

Definition of Spring

1. Verb. To jump or leap. ¹

2. Verb. To produce or disclose unexpectedly, especially of surprises, traps, etc. ¹

3. Verb. (slang) To release or set free, especially from prison. ¹

4. 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. ¹

5. Noun. Meteorologically, the months of March, April and May in the northern hemisphere (or September, October and November in the southern). ¹

6. 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 (pedialite Spring (season)) for other variations.) ¹

7. 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. ¹

8. Noun. A place where water emerges from the ground. ¹

9. Noun. The property of a body of springing to its original form after being compressed, stretched, etc. ¹

10. Noun. A mechanical device made of flexible or coiled material that exerts force when it is bent, compressed or stretched. ¹

11. Noun. (countable nautical) A rope attaching the bow of a vessel to the stern-side of the jetty, or vice versa, to stop the vessel from surging. ¹

12. Noun. (countable slang) An erection of the penis. ¹

13. Noun. The source of an action ¹

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Definition of Spring

1. to move upward suddenly and swiftly [v SPRANG or SPRUNG, SPRINGING, SPRINGS]

Medical Definition of Spring

1. 1. To leap; to bound; to jump. "The mountain stag that springs From height to height, and bounds along the plains." (Philips) 2. To issue with speed and violence; to move with activity; to dart; to shoot. "And sudden light Sprung through the vaulted roof." (Dryden) 3. To start or rise suddenly, as from a covert. "Watchful as fowlers when their game will spring." (Otway) 4. To fly back; as, a bow, when bent, springs back by its elastic power. 5. 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. 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. "Till well nigh the day began to spring." (Chaucer) "To satisfy the desolate and waste ground, and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth." (Job xxxviii. 27) "Do not blast my springing hopes." (Rowe) "O, spring to light; auspicious Babe, be born." (Pope) 7. To issue or proceed, as from a parent or ancestor; to result, as from a cause, motive, reason, or principle. "[They found] new hope to spring Out of despair, joy, but with fear yet linked." (Milton) 8. To grow; to prosper. "What makes all this, but Jupiter the king, at whose command we perish, and we spring?" (Dryden) To spring at, to leap toward; to attempt to reach by a leap. To spring forth, to leap out; to rush out. To spring in, to rush in; to enter with a leap or in haste. To spring on or upon, to leap on; to rush on with haste or violence; to assault. Origin: AS. Springan; akin to D. & G. Springen, OS. & OHG. Springan, Icel. & Sw. Springa, Dan. Springe; cf. Gr. To hasten. Cf. Springe, Sprinkle. 1. 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. 2. To produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly. "She starts, and leaves her bed, amd springs a light." (Dryden) "The friends to the cause sprang a new project." (Swift) 3. To cause to explode; as, to spring a mine. 4. To crack or split; to bend or strain so as to weaken; as, to spring a mast or a yard. 5. To cause to close suddenly, as the parts of a trap operated by a spring; as, to spring a trap. 6. 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. 7. To pass over by leaping; as, to spring a fence. To spring a butt, to strain it so that it is unserviceable. 1. A leap; a bound; a jump. "The prisoner, with a spring, from prison broke." (Dryden) 2. A flying back; the resilience of a body recovering its former state by elasticity; as, the spring of a bow. 3. Elastic power or force. "Heavens! what a spring was in his arm!" (Dryden) 4. 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. The principal varieties of springs used in mechanisms are the spiral spring (Fig. A), the coil spring (Fig. B), the elliptic spring (Fig. C), the half-elliptic spring (Fig. D), the volute spring, the India-rubber spring, the atmospheric spring, etc. 5. Any source of supply; especially, the source from which a stream proceeds; as issue of water from the earth; a natural fountain. "All my springs are in thee." "A secret spring of spiritual joy." "The sacred spring whence and honor streams." 6. Any active power; that by which action, or motion, is produced or propagated; cause; origin; motive. "Our author shuns by vulgar springs to move The hero's glory, or the virgin's love." (Pope) 7. That which springs, or is originated, from a source; as: A race; lineage. A youth; a springal. A shoot; a plant; a young tree; also, a grove of trees; woodland. 8. That which causes one to spring; specifically, a lively tune. 9. 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 green lap of the new-come spring." Spring of the astronomical year begins with the vernal equinox, about March 21st, and ends with the summer solstice, about June 21st. 10. The time of growth and progress; early portion; first stage. "The spring of the day." "O how this spring of love resembleth The uncertain glory of an April day." (Shak) 11. 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. Air spring, Boiling spring, etc. See Air, Boiling, etc. Spring back, a back with a curved piece of thin sheet iron or of stiff pasteboard fastened to the inside, the effect of which is to make the leaves of a book thus bound (as a ledger or other account or blank book) spring up and lie flat. Spring balance, a contrivance for measuring weight or force by the elasticity of a spiral spring of steel. Spring beam, a beam that supports the side of a paddle box. See Paddle beam, under Paddle, Spring beauty. See Springing line of an arch, under Springing. Spring of pork, the lower part of a fore quarter, which is divided from the neck, and has the leg and foot without the shoulder. "Sir, pray hand the spring of pork to me. " (Gayton) Spring pin, an iron rod fitted between the springs and the axle boxes, to sustain and regulate the pressure on the axles. Spring rye, a kind of rye sown in the spring; in distinction from winter rye, sown in autumn. Spring stay, a preventer stay, to assist the regular one. Spring tide, the tide which happens at, or soon after, the new and the full moon, and which rises higher than common tides. See Tide. Spring wagon, a wagon in which springs are interposed between the body and the axles to form elastic supports. Spring wheat, any kind of wheat sown in the spring; in distinction from winter wheat, which is sown in autumn. Origin: AS. Spring a fountain, a leap. See Spring. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Spring

spring-run fish
spring back
spring balance

Literary usage of Spring

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"Another variety is the helical spring used to operate valves, etc. ... The elliptic spring consists of two halves fastened together with bolts; ..."

2. The American Boys Handy Book by Daniel Carter Beard (1890)
"How to Make spring Shot-Guns. that the string of a cross-bow does. ... We now come to a gun in which the spring is the principal part. The spring Shot-Gun. ..."

3. The Writings of Henry David Thoreau by Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Franklin Benjamin Sanborn (1893)
"I am reminded of spring by the quality of the air. ... The very sound of men's work reminds, advertises, me of the coming of spring, as I now hear the ..."

4. The Writings of Henry David Thoreau by Henry David Thoreau (1893)
"EARLY spring IN MASSACHUSETTS February 24,. PM Railroad causeway. ... The very sound of men's work reminds, advertises, me of the coming of spring, ..."

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