hot spring


hot spring

noun

: a place where hot water flows out of the ground

Full Definition of HOT SPRING

:  a spring whose water issues at a temperature higher than that of its surroundings

First Known Use of HOT SPRING

1669

hot spring

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Spring that issues water at temperatures substantially higher than the air temperature of the surrounding region. Most hot springs result from the interaction of groundwater with magma or with solid but still-hot igneous rocks. Some, however, are not related to volcanic activity. In such cases, deep circulation of water is thought to carry the water to the lower parts of the Earth's crust, where the temperature of the rocks is high.

Variants of HOT SPRING

hot spring or thermal spring

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