• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Watch-spring the mainspring of a watch
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wæccewacan, wake.


In literature:

Wilson, watching him, ready to spring, saw the question decided in the prostrate man's mind.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
In the bright spring days she went out there, and watched to see if any flowers came up.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
He stood where he was, resting lightly on his crutch, watching his companion like a snake about to spring.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson" by Robert Louis Stevenson
We had a time springing them so we could go on watching them.
"Occasion for Disaster" by Gordon Randall Garrett
"To Alaska for Gold" by Edward Stratemeyer
Now here are some springs, such as are used in watches.
"With the Children on Sunday" by Sylvanus Stall
This line commenced at the apex of the nose, and wound out and out like a watch spring.
"Paper and Printing Recipes" by J. Sawtelle Ford
Nicholas, still brandishing his formidable knife, watched for a moment when he could spring on his brother.
"The Mysteries of Paris, Volume 4 of 6" by Eugène Sue
They had been allowed to sit down by the spring, closely watched and guarded by one of the Chiricahuas.
"The Red Mustang" by William O. Stoddard
I had kept a watch out for warm springs and other good likely places to catch a fox or other animals.
"Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper" by Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
The Watch and its Springs.
"Story Lessons of Character Building (Morals) and Manners" by Loïs Bates
Leslie, as he watched him, felt a curious premonition of danger, and gathered himself together involuntarily, ready for a spring.
"Of High Descent" by George Manville Fenn
He hoped like hell that someone watching this online would spring for his bail.
"Makers" by Cory Doctorow
But in the early spring it is a delight to me to watch the crews rowing by, and an occasional pleasure-boat, ah!
"Brenda, Her School and Her Club" by Helen Leah Reed
Leslie, as he watched him, felt a curious premonition of danger, and gathered himself together involuntarily, ready for a spring.
"The Haute Noblesse" by George Manville Fenn
The man who had been reviling the life of a soldier springs instantly to his feet and looks anxiously at his watch.
"Home Fires in France" by Dorothy Canfield
She watched every spring of the two steeds.
"The White Gauntlet" by Mayne Reid
When the spring came again she was always waiting and watching.
"True and Other Stories" by George Parsons Lathrop
It must be late; and, springing up, she glanced at her watch.
"Hope Benham" by Nora Perry
She was about to spring to them when she perceived Snyder watching her.
"The Salamander" by Owen Johnson

In poetry:

While I who watched thy waters spring
Am all too sad to smile or sing?
Nay, give me back my pipe again,
It yet shall breathe this single strain:
Farewell to Arcady!
"Farewell To Arcady" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
And when the spring has gone and they are dumb,
Is it not fine to watch them at their play:
Is it not fine to see a bird that tries
To stand upon the end of every spray?
"Birds" by William H Davies
Then pass, ye mourners, cheerly on,
Through prayer unto the tomb,
Still, as ye watch life's falling leaf,
Gathering from every loss and grief
Hope of new spring and endless home.
"Burial" by John Keble
Or choose thee out a cell
In Kedron's storied dell,
Beside the springs of Love, that never die;
Among the olives kneel
The chill night-blast to feel,
And watch the Moon that saw thy Master's agony.
"Third Sunday In Advent" by John Keble
The north wakes and the south, and the spring's here:
I watch by my tree of Happiness and let none near.
The flowers spring and the grass, the hay is mown:
About my tree of Happiness a vine is grown.
"A Song Of Happiness" by Ethel Clifford
When the spring comes again, will you be there?
Three springs I watched and waited for your face,
And listened for your voice upon the air;
I sought for you in many a hidden place,
Saying, "She must be there."
"Spring's Promises" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

Kathy Halliday of Corinth, left, and Kim Cornell of Queensbury, react to the finish of the 138th Kentucky Derby while watching the race at Siro's in Saratoga Springs Saturday.
Once again, Louis "Andy" Anderson has watched as the frosty winter turned to misty spring and now gives way to the simmering summer.
Crane Watch says despite the late spring and near record winter snowfall, Homer's Sandhill Cranes arrived slightly earlier than last year.
Spend time watching TV in Colorado Springs, Colo.
21 nonfiction books to watch for in spring 2012.
Each spring we watch the garden.
Wipes Market Watch Spring 2012.
Wildman 's Corner: 5 teams to watch this spring.
Manny Acta watches the Indians play a spring training game.
Flood Watch In Effect As Spring Nor'easter Soaks City.
We thought we'd showcase four poets with new or upcoming books to watch this spring.
Astros manager Brad Mills (2) watches batting practice at the Astros spring training complex.
Questionnaires for what will likely be the most closely-watched ad review this spring.
Instead, round out your mains with these seasonal accompaniments—and watch your meals spring to life.
I've been watching this cactus on Crane Point since last spring when it had an abundance of lovely yellow blossoms.