• WordNet 3.6
    • v spring develop suddenly "The tire sprang a leak"
    • v spring produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly "He sprang these news on me just as I was leaving"
    • v spring spring back; spring away from an impact "The rubber ball bounced","These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide"
    • v spring move forward by leaps and bounds "The horse bounded across the meadow","The child leapt across the puddle","Can you jump over the fence?"
    • v spring develop into a distinctive entity "our plans began to take shape"
    • n spring a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards
    • n spring a metal elastic device that returns to its shape or position when pushed or pulled or pressed "the spring was broken"
    • n spring the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length
    • n spring a point at which water issues forth
    • n spring a natural flow of ground water
    • n spring the season of growth "the emerging buds were a sure sign of spring","he will hold office until the spring of next year"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Have to Remain There Until Spring Opened 183 Have to Remain There Until Spring Opened 183
The Midnight Constellations of Spring, B.C. 2700 The Midnight Constellations of Spring, B.C. 2700
Position of Spring Equinox, B.C. 2700 Position of Spring Equinox, B.C. 2700
Position of Spring Equinox, A.D. 1900 Position of Spring Equinox, A.D. 1900
"They were brought in a large spring cart." "They were brought in a large spring cart."
The Spring-Cleaning (Indemnity) Bill The Spring-Cleaning (Indemnity) Bill

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Armadillos breed in July, but get pregnant in November after delaying implantation. This allows the young to be born during the spring when there is an abundance of food
    • Spring (Naut) A crack or fissure in a mast or yard, running obliquely or transversely.
    • Spring A flying back; the resilience of a body recovering its former state by its elasticity; as, the spring of a bow.
    • Spring A leap; a bound; a jump. "The prisoner, with a spring , from prison broke."
    • Spring (Naut) 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.
    • Spring A race; lineage.
    • Spring A shoot; a plant; a young tree; also, a grove of trees; woodland.
    • Spring A youth; a springal.
    • Spring 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.
    • Spring 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."
    • Spring Any source of supply; especially, the source from which a stream proceeds; an 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 right and honor streams."
    • Spring Elastic power or force. "Heavens! what a spring was in his arm!"
    • Spring That which causes one to spring; specifically, a lively tune.
    • Spring That which springs, or is originated, from a source;
    • Spring 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 The time of growth and progress; early portion; first stage; as, the spring of life. "The spring of the day.""O how this spring of love resembleth
      The uncertain glory of an April day."
    • Spring 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.
    • Spring To bend from a straight direction or plane surface; to become warped; as, a piece of timber, or a plank, sometimes springs in seasoning.
    • Spring To cause to close suddenly, as the parts of a trap operated by a spring; as, to spring a trap.
    • Spring To cause to explode; as, to spring a mine.
    • Spring 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.
    • Spring To crack or split; to bend or strain so as to weaken; as, to spring a mast or a yard.
    • Spring To fly back; as, a bow, when bent, springs back by its elastic power.
    • Spring To grow; to thrive; to prosper. "What makes all this, but Jupiter the king,
      At whose command we perish, and we spring ?"
    • Spring 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."
    • Spring To issue with speed and violence; to move with activity; to dart; to shoot. "And sudden light Sprung through the vaulted roof."
    • Spring To leap; to bound; to jump. "The mountain stag that springs From height to height, and bounds along the plains."
    • Spring To pass over by leaping; as, to spring a fence.
    • Spring To produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly; as, to spring a surprise on someone; to spring a joke. "She starts, and leaves her bed, and springs a light.""The friends to the cause sprang a new project."
    • Spring To release (a person) from confinement, especially from a prison.
    • Spring 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 .""To satisfy the desolate and waste ground, and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth.""Do not blast my springing hopes.""O, spring to light; auspicious Babe, be born."
    • Spring To start or rise suddenly, as from a covert. "Watchful as fowlers when their game will spring ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The most frequent season for most suicides to occur is in the spring. The winter months have the lowest number of suicides
    • spring To leap up; jump.
    • spring To move with leaps; bound along; rush.
    • spring Specifically To start up; rise suddenly, as a bird from a covert.
    • spring To be impelled with speed or violence; shoot; fly; dart.
    • spring To start, recoil, fly back, etc., as from a forced position; escape from constraint; give; relax; especially, to yield to natural elasticity or to the force of a spring. See spring, n., 9.
    • spring To be shivered or shattered; split; crack.
    • spring To come into being; begin to grow; shoot up; come up; arise; specifically, of the day, to dawn: said of any kind of genesis or beginning, and often followed by up.
    • spring To take one's birth, rise, or origin (from or out of any one or any thing); be derived; proceed, as from a specified source, stock, or set of conditions.
    • spring To come into view or notice; be spread by popular report; gain fame or prevalence.
    • spring To rise above a given level; have a relatively great elevation; tower.
    • spring To warp, or become warped; bend or wind from a straight line or plane surface, as a piece of timber or plank in seasoning.
    • spring To bend to the oars and make the boat leap or spring forward, as in an emergency: often in the form of an order: as, “Spring ahead hard, men!”
    • spring Synonyms Leap, Jump, etc. See skip, intransitive verb
    • spring To cause to leap or dart; urge or launch at full speed.
    • spring To start or rouse, as game; cause to rise from the earth or from a covert; flush: as, to spring a pheasant.
    • spring To bring out hastily or unexpectedly; produce suddenly; bring, show, contrive, etc., with unexpected promptness, or as a surprise.
    • spring To jump over; overleap.
    • spring To cause to spring up or arise; bring forth; generate.
    • spring To scatter as in sowing; strew about; shed here and there; sprinkle (a liquid).
    • spring To sprinkle, as with line drops, particles, or spots; especially, to moisten with drops of a liquid: as, to spring clothes.
    • spring To shiver; split; crack; as, to spring a bat; the mast was sprung.
    • spring To cause to burst or explode; discharge.
    • spring To shift out of place; relax; loosen.
    • spring Specifically To relax the spring of; cause to act suddenly by means of a spring; touch off, as by a trigger: as, to spring a trap: to spring a rattle; also figuratively: as, to spring a plot or a joke.
    • spring To insert, as a beam in a place too short for it, by bending it so as to bring the ends nearer together, and allowing it to straighten when in place: usually with in: as, to spring in a slat or bar.
    • spring In architecture, to commence from an abutment or pier: as, to spring an arch.
    • spring Nautical, to haul by means of springs or cables: as, to spring the stern of a vessel around.
    • spring In carpentry, to unite (the boards of a roof) with bevel-joints in order to keep out wet.
    • n spring The act of springing or leaping A leaping or darting; a vault; a bound.
    • n spring A flying back; the resilience of a body recovering its former state by its elasticity.
    • n spring The act or time of springing or appearing; the first appearance; the beginning; birth; rise; origin: as, the spring of mankind; the spring of the year; the spring of the morning or of the day (see dayspring).
    • n spring Specifically The first of the four seasons of the year; the season in which plants begin to vegetate and rise; the vernal season (see season); hence, figuratively, the first and freshest period of any time or condition.
    • n spring That which springs or shoots up. A sprout; shoot; branch; sapling.
    • n spring A young wood; any piece of woodland; a grove; a shrubbery.
    • n spring A rod; a switch.
    • n spring A youth; a springal.
    • n spring Offspring; race.
    • n spring Water rising to the surface of the earth from below, and either flowing away in the form of a small stream or standing as a pool or small lake. Rivers are chiefly fed, both before and after being joined by their various affluents, by underground springs, and some pools of water large enough to be called ponds or even lakes are supplied in the same way. The conditions under which springs are formed are exceedingly variable, at once as regards the quantity of water, its temperature, the amount and nature of the gaseous and solid substances which it holds in solution, and the manner in which it is delivered at the surface; hence springs are variously designated in accordance with these peculiarities, the most familiar terms used for this purpose being shallow, simple, common, or surface; hot, boiling, thermal; mineral, medicinal; and spouting, or geyser, as this kind of spring is more generally called. Shallow or surface springs ordinarily furnish water which is pretty nearly pure, can be used for drinking, and does not differ much in temperature from the mean of the locality where they occur. They are due to the fact that the water falling on the surface in the form of rain, or furnished by melting snow, sinks to a certain depth (according as the soil and underlying rocks are more or less porous or permeable), where it is held in greater or less quantity according to the amount of rainfall and the thickness and relative position of the various permeable and impermeable formations with which it is brought in contact, but seeks under the influence of gravitation to escape, and makes its appearance at the surface when the topographical or geological conditions are favorable. Thus, a bed of gravel or sand resting on a mass of clay (the former being very permeable, the latter almost impermeable) will become saturated with water below a certain depth, the distance from the surface of the saturated sand or gravel, or the line of saturation, as it is called, varying with the climate and season. If, however, there be an adjacent ravine or valley which is cut deep enough to expose the line of junction of the permeable and impermeable formations, the water will escape along this line in greater or less quantity, giving rise to springs, which will vary in number and copiousness with the varying conditions which present themselves. The water of such springs, not having descended to any great depth, will not vary much in temperature from the mean of the locality. Very different are the conditions in the case of thermal or hot springs, which may have any temperature up to boiling, and of which the water may have been heated either by coming from great depths or by contact with volcanic rocks; hence thermal springs are phenomena very characteristic of volcanic and geologically disturbed or faulted regions, and those hot springs which are of the geyser type (see geyser) are most interesting from the scenic point of view. The medicinal properties and curative effects of various hot springs are of great practical importance; and many such springs, in Europe and the United States, are places much resorted to by invalids and pleasure-seekers, The variety of constituents, both solid and gaseous, held in solution by different hot springs is very great. From the medicinal point of view, springs are variously classified, and without regard to temperature, because the nature and quantity of the substances which the water contains are not by any means entirely dependent on temperature, although in general the hotter the water the larger the amount of foreign matter likely to be held in solution, while a high temperature is undoubtedly in many cases an important element in the therapeutic effect produced. A convenient classification of mineral waters, from the medicinal point of view, is into
    • n spring Figuratively, any fount or source of supply.
    • n spring An elastic body, as a strip or wire of steel coiled spirally, a steel rod or plate, strips of steel suitably joined together, a mass or strip of india-rubber, etc., which, when bent or forced from its natural state, has the power of recovering it again in virtue of its elasticity. Springs are used for various purposes—as for diminishing concussion, as in carriages; for motive power, as in clocks and watches; for communicating motion by sudden release from a state of tension, as a bow, the spring of a gun-lock, etc.; for measuring weight and other force, as in the spring-balance; as regulators to control the movement of wheel-works, etc.
    • n spring In entomology, a special elastic organ by which an insect is enabled to spring into the air. The springing-organ of species of the family Poduridæ. It consists of several bristle-like appendages at the end of the abdomen, which are united at their bases and bent under the body. In leaping, the end of the abdomen is first bent down and then suddenly extended, bringing the elastic bristles with great force against the ground. See cut under springtail.
    • n spring Any active or motive power, physical or mental; that by which action is produced or propagated; motive.
    • n spring Capacity for springing; elastic power; elasticity, either physical or mental.
    • n spring Nautical: The start, as of a plank; an opening in a seam; a leak.
    • n spring A crack in a mast or yard, running obliquely or transversely.
    • n spring A line made fast to the bow or quarter of a ship, in order to pull the head or stern in any required direction.
    • n spring A rope extending from some part of a ship to another ship, or to a fixed object, to cant or move the ship by being hauled upon.
    • n spring A quick and cheerful tune; a skip.
    • n spring In falconry, a collection of teal.
    • n spring Synonyms Fountain, etc. See well.
    • spring Pertaining to, suitable for, or occurring or used in the spring of the year: as, spring fashions; spring wheat.
    • spring To fit with springs, as a carriage or a motor-vehicle.
    • n spring In golf, the movement of a ball lying in a small cup or hollow when struck with a straight-faced club.
    • n spring A helical spring made by coiling a cylindrical or round steel rod around a mandrel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the spring of 1975, a baby in Detroit fell 14 stories and landed on Joseph Figlock, who was walking below. A few years later it happened again. Figlock and both babies survived
    • v.i Spring spring 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:
    • v.t Spring 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:
    • n Spring 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:
    • v.i Spring spring (B.) to rise, as the sun
    • v.t Spring (archit.) to start from an abutment, &c.: to set together with bevel-joints:—pa.t. sprang, sprung; pa.p. sprung
    • n Spring (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
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  • Sodo
    “In my hut this spring, there is nothing -- there is everything!”
  • James Allen
    “The will to do springs from the knowledge that we can do.”
  • Denis Waitley
    “Out of need springs desire, and out of desire springs the energy and the will to win.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “We know too much and feel too little. At least, we feel too little of those creative emotions from which a good life springs.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Fear always springs from ignorance.”
  • George Eliot
    “Best friend, my well-spring in the wilderness!”


Full of the joys of spring - If you are full of the joys of spring, you are very happy and full of energy.
No spring chicken - If someone is no spring chicken, they are not young.
Spring chicken - Someone who's a spring chicken is very young, often inexperienced.
Spring to mind - If something springs to mind, it appears suddenly and unexpectedly in your thoughts.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. springan,; akin to D. & G. springen, OS. & OHG. springan, Icel. & Sw. springa, Dan. springe,; cf. Gr. spe`rchesqai to hasten. Cf. Springe Sprinkle


In literature:

Proving-up time came in early spring.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
One spring twilight Mrs. Withington was putting out her geraniums, while Ellen leaned over the gate and talked with Susan Long.
"Country Neighbors" by Alice Brown
We went out to the garden in the scented moist air of a maritime spring evening.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
In 1869 my grandma died at Holly Springs.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
It was the spring season, though late.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
It was all ashes now, for the sun was high, and the spring falls warm and early in the forests of southern Indiana.
"In The Boyhood of Lincoln" by Hezekiah Butterworth
The situation of a vessel when she is aground at the height of spring-tides.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
And you will remember, Anne, that I shall be ill-pleased if I hear of water-throwing at the spring.
"A Little Maid of Province Town" by Alice Turner Curtis
It was when I reached this brook that I was aware of Spring coming up the slope.
"Penguin Persons & Peppermints" by Walter Prichard Eaton

In poetry:

Lighting one candle
with another candle—
spring evening.
"Lighting one candle" by Yosa Buson
Why wait at all?
Hope springs alive,
Good may befall
I yet may thrive.
"The Reason" by Stevie Smith
Forever fall the light of spring
Fair as that day it fell,
Where Evangeline, led by your voice,
O solemn Christ Church bell!
For lovers of all springs, all climes,
At last found Gabriel.
"The Poet And The Poem" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
And there will be joy in our hearts since you bring
A whisper of Hope and a promise of Spring–
A Spring that is fairer for long waiting years,
And a Hope that is dearer because of our tears.
"Sláinte Na H-Éireann" by Anna Johnston MacManus
I've a tryst with Spring here--maybe they'll be few
Now the world grows older--and shall I delay
Just because a Winter has stolen joy away?
What cares Spring for old joys, all her joys are new.
"Spring Will Come" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
Ambition shall vanish, and Love be king,
And Pride to his darkness hie;
Yea, for very love of a living thing
A man would forget and die,
If very love were not the spring
Whence life springs endlessly!
"The Three Horses" by George MacDonald

In news:

A traditional egg custard turns shrimp, spring onion s, and Swiss cheese into a quiche that's perfect for a spring supper.
Spring started this past Tuesday and the local schools are on spring break this week.
Some of them due to man's timing, like spring break, and some, like the spring equinox, because God set the schedule (Genesis 1:14-19).
White Springs — The Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park will host Festival of Lights from Nov 30 through Dec 30 at the park in White Springs.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, New York — Thousands of people are expected to fill the streets of downtown Saratoga Springs when the city hosts its annual Victorian Streetwalk.
COLORADO SPRINGS — For a price, Colorado Springs residents can restore power to some of the 8,000 to 10,000 streetlights being turned off by the city to save money.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, New York — Thousands of people are expected to fill the streets of downtown Saratoga Springs when the city hosts its annual Victorian Streetwalk .
I'm not sure where the spring of 2011 ranks in terms of rainfall and high water, but it surely has to be up there with the wettest springs we have experienced in quite a while.
Tammany Trace, Abita Springs, New Orleans Abita Springs LA.
Steamboat Springs — Getting back to the state championships is a priority for the members of the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team.
PALM SPRINGS--Chaos on the streets of Palm Springs Tuesday morning as a man swings from trees and then darts in and out of traffic.
Conditions at Colorado Springs, CO. An angry Colorado Springs mother contacted 11 News after her children told her they had to throw their school lunches away.
SPRING TOWNSHIP, Pa. Police said a man was hit by a train while trying to run away from an officer in Spring Township, Berks County Friday night.
(SODA SPRINGS) – A fire sparked in the mountains north of Soda Springs Thursday.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Colorado Springs residents may have noticed their neighborhoods becoming brighter at night.

In science:

As discussed in sec. (II), a good approximation taking into account their correlations is the replacement of the spring constants with effective ones.
Vibrations in glasses and Euclidean Random Matrix theory
We require BASES/SPRING to provide two additional random numbers, in order to determine the initial-state variables, x1 and x2 .
GR@PPA_4b: A Four Bottom Quark Production Event Generator for PP/PPbar Collisions
However, the present version of BASES/SPRING can treat only one subprocess at the same time.
GR@PPA_4b: A Four Bottom Quark Production Event Generator for PP/PPbar Collisions
The subroutine grcpygen calls BASES or SPRING according to the mode selection determined by an input argument.
GR@PPA_4b: A Four Bottom Quark Production Event Generator for PP/PPbar Collisions
The interface between them has been extended for pp and p ¯p collisions. A set of random numbers {ui} given by BASES/SPRING includes two numbers for defining the initial state (x1 and x2 ), in addition to those for defining the final state.
GR@PPA_4b: A Four Bottom Quark Production Event Generator for PP/PPbar Collisions