verb (used without object), sprang or, often sprung; sprung; springing.
to rise, leap, move, or act suddenly and swiftly, as by a sudden dart or thrust forward or outward, or being suddenly released from a coiled or constrained position:
to spring into the air; a tiger about to spring.
to be released from a constrained position, as by resilient or elastic force or from the action of a spring:
A trap springs. The door sprang open and in he walked.
to issue forth suddenly, as water, blood, sparks, fire, etc. (often followed by forth, out, or up):
Blood sprang from the wound.
to come into being, rise, or arise within a short time (usually followed by up):
Industries sprang up in the suburbs.
to come into being by growth, as from a seed or germ, bulb, root, etc.; grow, as plants.
to proceed or originate from a specific source or cause.
to have as one’s birth or lineage; be descended, as from a person, family, stock, etc.; come from:
to spring from ancient aristocracy.
to rise or extend upward, as a spire.
to take an upward course or curve from a point of support, as an arch.
to come or appear suddenly, as if at a bound:
An objection sprang to mind.
to start or rise from cover, as a pheasant, woodcock, or the like.
to become bent or warped, as boards.
to shift or work loose, as parts of a mechanism, structure, etc.:
The board sprang from the fence during the storm.
to explode, as a mine.
Archaic. to begin to appear, as day, light, etc.; dawn.
verb (used with object), sprang or, often sprung; sprung; springing.
to cause to spring.
to cause to fly back, move, or act, as by resiliency, elastic force, a spring, etc.:
to spring a lock.
to cause to shift out of place, work loose, warp, split, or crack:
Moisture sprang the board from the fence.
to split or crack:
The ship sprang its keel on a rock.
to develop by or as by splitting or cracking:
The boat sprang a leak.
to bend by force, or force in by bending, as a resilient slat or bar.
to stretch or bend (a spring or other resilient device) beyond its elastic tolerance:
This clip has been sprung.
to bring out, disclose, produce, make, etc., suddenly:
to spring a joke.
to leap over.
Slang. to secure the release of (someone) from confinement, as of jail, military service, or the like.
Nautical. to move (a vessel) into or out of a berth by pulling on the offshore end of a warp made fast to the pier.
to explode (a mine).
a leap, jump, or bound.
a sudden movement caused by the release of something elastic.
an elastic or bouncing quality:
There is a spring in his walk.
elasticity or resilience:
This board has spring in it.
a structural defect or injury caused by a warp, crack, etc.
an issue of water from the earth, taking the form, on the surface, of a small stream or standing as a pool or small lake.
the place of such an issue:
a source or fountainhead of something:
a spring of inspiration.
an elastic contrivance or body, as a strip or wire of steel coiled spirally, that recovers its shape after being compressed, bent, or stretched.
the season between winter and summer: in the Northern Hemisphere from the vernal equinox to the summer solstice; in the Southern Hemisphere from the autumnal equinox to the winter solstice.
(in temperate zones) the season of the year following winter and characterized by the budding of trees, growth of plants, the onset of warmer weather, etc.
the first stage and freshest period:
the spring of life.
sometimes initial capital letter. a period of growth, recovery, or regeneration (usually used in combination):
signs of an economic spring.
usually initial capital letter.
a popular movement calling for liberal reforms and opposing authoritarian restrictions on freedom and information access (usually used in combination):
the brief Seoul Spring of 1979–80; the Academic Spring’s goal of free access to published research.
See also Prague Spring, Arab Spring.
a period of liberalization or democratization.
warp (def 16).
a line from the quarter of a vessel to an anchor on the bottom, used to hold the vessel at its mooring, broadside to the current.
Also called springing. Architecture.
the point at which an arch or dome rises from its support.
the rise or the angle of the rise of an arch.
Archaic. the dawn, as of day, light, etc.
of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or suitable for the season of spring:
resting on or containing mechanical springs.
spring for, Informal. to pay for; treat someone to.
verb springs, springing, sprang, sprung, sprung
to move or cause to move suddenly upwards or forwards in a single motion
to release or be released from a forced position by elastic force: the bolt sprang back
(transitive) to leap or jump over
(intransitive) to come, issue, or arise suddenly
(intransitive) (of a part of a mechanism, etc) to jump out of place
to make (wood, etc) warped or split or (of wood, etc) to become warped or split
to happen or cause to happen unexpectedly: to spring a surprise, the boat sprung a leak
(intransitive) to develop or originate: the idea sprang from a chance meeting
(intransitive) usually foll by from. to be descended: he sprang from peasant stock
(intransitive) often foll by up. to come into being or appear suddenly: factories springing up
(transitive) (of a gun dog) to rouse (game) from cover
(intransitive) (of game or quarry) to start or rise suddenly from cover
(intransitive) to appear to have a strong upward movement: the beam springs away from the pillar
to explode (a mine) or (of a mine) to explode
(transitive) to provide with a spring or springs
(transitive) (informal) to arrange the escape of (someone) from prison
(intransitive) (archaic or poetic) (of daylight or dawn) to begin to appear
the act or an instance of springing
a leap, jump, or bound
the quality of resilience; elasticity
(as modifier): spring steel
the act or an instance of moving rapidly back from a position of tension
a natural outflow of ground water, as forming the source of a stream
(as modifier): spring water
a device, such as a coil or strip of steel, that stores potential energy when it is compressed, stretched, or bent and releases it when the restraining force is removed
(as modifier): a spring mattress
a structural defect such as a warp or bend
(sometimes capital) the season of the year between winter and summer, astronomically from the March equinox to the June solstice in the N hemisphere and from the September equinox to the December solstice in the S hemisphere
(as modifier): spring showers, related adjective vernal
the earliest or freshest time of something
a source or origin
one of a set of strips of rubber, steel, etc, running down the inside of the handle of a cricket bat, hockey stick, etc
(nautical) Also called spring line. a mooring line, usually one of a pair that cross amidships
a flock of teal
(architect) another name for springing
A device, such as a coil of wire, that returns to its original shape after being compressed or stretched. Because of their ability to return to their original shape, springs are used to store energy, as in mechanical clocks, and to absorb or lessen energy, as in the suspension system of vehicles.
A small stream of water flowing naturally from the Earth.
spread it thick
(Heb. ‘ain, “the bright open source, the eye of the landscape”). To be carefully distinguished from “well” (q.v.). “Springs” mentioned in Josh. 10:40 (Heb. ‘ashdoth) should rather be “declivities” or “slopes” (R.V.), i.e., the undulating ground lying between the lowlands (the shephelah) and the central range of hills.
noun 1. a lock that fastens automatically by a spring.
noun, Carpentry. 1. sprung molding. sprung molding noun, Carpentry. 1. a molded board, as one forming part of a cornice, placed diagonally and secured at the ends to two surfaces intersecting at a right angle.
noun, (used with a plural verb) 1. a mountain range in S Nevada extending to the California border. Highest peak, Charleston Peak. 11,919 feet (3635 meters).
- Spring onion
noun 1. an immature form of the onion (Allium cepa), widely cultivated for its tiny bulb and long green leaves which are eaten in salads, etc Also called green onion, scallion