spring

verb (1)
\ ˈspriŋ How to pronounce spring (audio) \
sprang\ ˈspraŋ How to pronounce sprang (audio) \ or sprung\ ˈsprəŋ How to pronounce sprung (audio) \; sprung; springing\ ˈspriŋ-​iŋ How to pronounce springing (audio) \

Definition of spring

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1a(1) : dart, shoot sparks sprang out from the fire
(2) : to be resilient or elastic also : to move by elastic force the lid sprang shut
b : to become warped
2 : to issue with speed and force or as a stream tears spring from our eyes
3a : to grow as a plant
b : 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 : dawn
e : 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

transitive verb

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)
3a : to cause to operate suddenly spring a trap
b : to apply or insert by bending
c : to bend by force
4 : to leap over
5 : to produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly
6 : to make lame
7 : to release or cause to be released from confinement or custody sprung them from jail

spring

noun, often attributive

Definition of spring (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : a source of supply especially : a source of water issuing from the ground
b : an ultimate source especially of action or motion
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
5a : the act or an instance of leaping up or forward : bound
b(1) : capacity for springing : resilience
(2) : energy, bounce
6 : the point or plane at which an arch or vault curve springs from its impost

spring

verb (2)
sprung\ ˈsprəŋ How to pronounce sprung (audio) \; springing\ ˈspriŋ-​iŋ How to pronounce springing (audio) \

Definition of spring (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to fit with springs

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Other Words from spring

Noun

springlike \ ˈspriŋ-​ˌlīk How to pronounce springlike (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for spring

Synonyms: Noun

bound, hop, jump, leap, vault

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Verb (1)

spring, arise, rise, originate, derive, flow, issue, emanate, proceed, stem mean to come up or out of something into existence. spring implies rapid or sudden emerging. an idea that springs to mind arise and rise may both convey the fact of coming into existence or notice but rise often stresses gradual growth or ascent. new questions have arisen slowly rose to prominence originate implies a definite source or starting point. the fire originated in the basement derive implies a prior existence in another form. the holiday derives from an ancient Roman feast flow adds to spring a suggestion of abundance or ease of inception. words flowed easily from her pen issue suggests emerging from confinement through an outlet. blood issued from the cut emanate applies to the coming of something immaterial (such as a thought) from a source. reports emanating from the capital proceed stresses place of origin, derivation, parentage, or logical cause. advice that proceeds from the best of intentions stem implies originating by dividing or branching off from something as an outgrowth or subordinate development. industries stemming from space research

Examples of spring in a Sentence

Noun

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Your body springs into action, combining enough platelets (blood cells that adhere to each other) and proteins from plasma (the liquid part of your blood) to plug the injured blood vessel, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s When to See a Doctor About Period Clots," 1 Mar. 2019 An egg with its bright yellow center and the life that springs from it, says Wolynetz. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "The History of Easter Eggs and Why They're Decorated," 25 Feb. 2019 The hull has sprung several smaller oil leaks over the years. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How the U.S. Is Recovering Oil from a Nuked Warship," 17 Sep. 2018 The old footage reveals that spring has sprung earlier along the race course in the past decade. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "36 years of bike race footage reveals how Belgium’s climate is changing," 3 July 2018 The strange crustacean, which likely sprang into existence 25 years ago, lays eggs without mating. Todd A. Price, NOLA.com, "Mutant female crawfish invade Europe: report," 6 Feb. 2018 More Film Reviews There’s another reason for the film’s immediacy, one that springs from Mr. Jenkins’s strategy for honoring a singular book by a peerless American writer. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Review: Love Hoping for Justice," 13 Dec. 2018 Because the excitement for women candidates sprung from the Women’s March—that is, patent resistance to Trump—Republican women can’t capitalize on that momentum. Rebecca Nelson, Marie Claire, "Party Crashers: These Female Candidates Are Shaking Up The Midterms," 2 Nov. 2018 The unexpected brute that quickly sprang from a weekend tropical depression grew swiftly, rising in days to a catastrophic storm. Brendan Farrington, The Seattle Times, "Florida Panhandle braces for Michael, now a Category 4 storm," 10 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Jeremy MoellerGetty Images The most talked-about event of the spring? Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "These Coachella Outfit Ideas Are So Good, You'll Be Watching the Likes Roll In," 7 Mar. 2019 The organization recently announced the shortlist for the 2018 awards (winners will be announced on December 4th), which run the gamut from the psychological effects of movie genres to how spring is arriving earlier and earlier. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Check out some of the best data visualizations from the Information is Beautiful awards," 28 Oct. 2018 After 14 months of winter and three days of spring, the temperatures have hit blistering, and the humidity is hanging over us like a mushroom cloud. Tanika Davis, baltimoresun.com, "If parents went to summer camp," 27 June 2018 Getty Images In spring of 2018, reports surfaced that Ronaldo regretted the split, was still in love with Shayk, and was jealous of her relationship with Cooper. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Who Is Irina Shayk? Everything You Need to Know About Bradley Cooper's Long-Time Girlfriend," 24 Feb. 2019 In most of the country, the weather is still cold AF, and spring can feel so far away. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Here’s What’s Coming to/Leaving Netflix in March 2019," 20 Feb. 2019 The Duchess of Sussex is due in spring of 2019 and has had to endure lots of negative comments about her body. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Star Abby Huntsman Got Super Emotional About Being Body-Shamed," 11 Jan. 2019 In spring of 2018, after she was sufficiently recovered from her second transplant, Hyland had two surgeries within a few weeks of each other: a laparoscopic surgery for her endometriosis, and her hernia repair surgery. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Sarah Hyland Opens Up About Dialysis and Her Second Kidney Transplant," 10 Dec. 2018 The design is underway, and the park project is expected to go out for bid this fall, followed by construction in the winter and spring of 2019, according to county government spokesperson Mumby. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Harford to end ownership of arts center site," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At worst, Dee Dee purposefully kept the veneers from Gypsy and sprang them on her to look like a hero. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Hulu’s The Act Is Horrifying, Human, and Hard to Stop Watching," 20 Mar. 2019 There's so much pressure on women to do emotional labor — remember anniversaries, buy thoughtful gifts, send cards on a friend's cat's birthday and check in when their shower springs a leak. Eva Woods, Good Housekeeping, "How to Marie Kondo Your Friends," 15 Jan. 2019 Full of blind corners, vertical shafts, and narrow spaces, underground facilities are extremely dangerous to explore, with plenty of opportunities for enemy troops to spring an ambush. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Military Wants Drones To Fly Through Enemy Caves and Map Them," 4 Oct. 2018 The league set this trap for itself believing that nobody ever would have any reason to spring it. Charles P. Pierce, SI.com, "Trump Has Made the NFL His Punching Bag. The League’s Best Response Is Defiance," 9 July 2018 West Allis Hale at Greendale, 7 p.m. Wednesday: A Hale squad with seven one-run losses tries to spring an upset of the Woodland Conference tournament runner-up. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee-area baseball rankings, weekly honors," 9 July 2018 Pastor Tim Maxson leads Communion on a recent Friday at Fellowship, a Dubai congregation that sprang up roughly a decade ago. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "In Arab Nation, Christians, Buddhists and Jews Emerge to Worship," 27 Jan. 2019 They're barred from working outside the camp and must search for jobs within the small economy that has sprung up—running makeshift shops selling soda or shoes or working for aid organizations. Sarah Butrymowicz, Marie Claire, "Refugee Girls Want to Change the World. Will We Let Them?," 7 Jan. 2019 The protests sprung up in reaction to a shakeup at the Department of Justice that has thrown the future of that investigation into doubt. Jen Kirby, Vox, "“Protect Mueller” protests pop up across the country," 9 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of spring

Verb (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (2)

1821, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spring

Verb (1)

Middle English, from Old English springan; akin to Old High German springan to jump and perhaps to Greek sperchesthai to hasten

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spring

noun

Financial Definition of spring

What It Is

Springs are false breakouts that can trap the unsuspecting trader. Spring patterns quickly reverse, with the stock or index then often testing the opposite end of the trading range. A spring is a false breakout to the downside. It is so-named because prices "spring" back.

How It Works

Springs are a type of technical pattern named by legendary technician Richard Wycoff. The quality of the spring can be judged by an examination of the degree of penetration of support or resistance, as well as the volume on the day or period this penetration occurred. These four scenarios are possible:

-- Large penetration on large volume
Large penetration on small volume
Small penetration on large volume
Small penetration on small volume

For a spring, a small penetration on small volume is bullish, as it indicates there are few traders who are willing to sell their shares below support.

Springs provide the swing trader with good opportunities. First, they can provide a stop loss, which should be placed just below the extreme of the day the spring occurred. They can also create a target, since the stock is likely to test the opposite end of the trading range.

Why It Matters

Being able to accurately recognize a spring can turn a potential threat from a false breakouts into an opportunity. Swing traders should always watch the activity following a breakout to confirm whether a stock is behaving as it should. If not, then it might still provide an excellent trading situation -- if you spot a spring in the making.

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spring

noun

English Language Learners 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.

spring

verb
\ ˈspriŋ How to pronounce spring (audio) \
sprang\ ˈspraŋ \ or sprung\ ˈsprəŋ \; sprung; springing

Kids Definition of spring

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to move suddenly upward or forward : leap The lion crouched, waiting to spring.
2 : to appear or grow quickly or suddenly Weeds sprang up overnight. Tears sprang from her eyes.
3 : to have (a leak) appear
4 : to move quickly by or as if by stretching and springing back The lid sprang shut.
5 : to cause to operate suddenly He was planning to spring a trap.
6 : to come into being : arise An idea sprang in his mind.

spring

noun

Kids Definition of spring (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the season between winter and summer including in the northern hemisphere usually the months of March, April, and May
2 : a twisted or coiled strip of material (as metal) that recovers its original shape when it is released after being squeezed or stretched
3 : the ability of something to return to its original shape when it is compressed or stretched
4 : a source of supply (as of water coming up from the ground)
5 : the act or an instance of leaping up or forward He … caught sight of the incredible spring of a doe …— Virginia Hamilton, M. C. Higgins
6 : a bouncy or lively quality She had a spring in her step.

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spring

noun
\ ˈspriŋ How to pronounce spring (audio) \

Medical Definition of spring

: any of various elastic orthodontic devices used especially to apply constant pressure to misaligned teeth

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