Definition of spring
2 : to issue with speed and force or as a stream <tears spring from our eyes>
3a : to grow as a plantb : to issue by birth or descent <sprang from the upper class>c : to come into being : arise <towns sprang up across the plains>d archaic : dawne : to begin to blow —used with up <a breeze quickly sprang up>
4a : to make a leap or series of leaps <springing across the lawn>b : to leap or jump up suddenly <sprang from their seats>
5 : to stretch out in height : rise
6 : pay —used with for <I'll spring for the drinks>
1 : to cause to spring
2a : to undergo or bring about the splitting or cracking of <wind sprang the mast>b : to undergo the opening of (a leak)
Origin of spring
Middle English, from Old English springan; akin to Old High German springan to jump and perhaps to Greek sperchesthai to hasten
First Known Use: before 12th century
Synonym Discussion of spring
Simple Definition of spring
: the season between winter and summer : the season when plants and trees begin to grow
: a twisted or coiled piece of metal that returns to its original shape when it is pressed down or stretched
: the ability of something to return to its original shape when it is pressed down, stretched, twisted, etc.
Full Definition of spring
1a : a source of supply; especially : a source of water issuing from the groundb : an ultimate source especially of action or motion
2 : spring tide
3 : a time or season of growth or development; specifically : the season between winter and summer comprising in the northern hemisphere usually the months of March, April, and May or as reckoned astronomically extending from the March equinox to the June solstice
4 : an elastic body or device that recovers its original shape when released after being distorted
6 : the point or plane at which an arch or vault curve springs from its impost
Examples of spring
We'll plant the seeds next spring.
We've had a rainy spring.
a beautiful day in early spring
The first few weeks of spring were unusually warm.
The mattress is old and some of the springs are broken.
The cushion has lost its spring.
Before 12th Century
First Known Use of spring
before 12th century
First Known Use of spring
Medical Definition of spring
: any of various elastic orthodontic devices used especially to apply constant pressure to misaligned teeth
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