verb (1)
\ ˈspriŋ \
sprang\ˈspraŋ \ or sprung\ˈsprəŋ \; sprung; springing\ˈspriŋ-iŋ \

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


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


verb (2)
sprung\ˈsprəŋ \; springing\ˈspriŋ-iŋ \

Definition of spring (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to fit with springs

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springlike \ˈspriŋ-ˌlīk \ adjective

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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


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

In his eyes, the hand of the artist was less important than the ideas that sprang from his head. Siobhan Morrissey, miamiherald, "These paintings are rarely shown. You can see them in Miami's Design District. | Miami Herald," 17 May 2018 The Fords said their daughter took to jewelry making, an interest that sprung from the vocational training. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Opportunity Works Hosts 7th Annual Pasta Supper," 1 May 2018 Police said the shooting may have sprung from a domestic dispute. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "Police: Husband kills wife inside Lee's Summit salon, drives off and kills himself | The Kansas City Star," 20 Apr. 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 Popping up off the ground to catch the shoulder of xxxx springs the cutback into open space and sets off the second phase of the play. Paul Dehner Jr., Cincinnati.com, "No. 4 Cincinnati Bengals play of last 30 years: Gio Bernard spins Dolphins in circles," 27 June 2018 My first noticeable zit sprung up around seventh grade. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "My Acne-Picking Habit Has Changed Me in Unexpected Ways," 25 June 2018 When that new wave of small wine estates sprung up, it was mostly concentrated in the Valle de Guadalupe area of Baja. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "Everything You Need to Know About the Mexican Wine Everyone Is Suddenly Drinking," 25 May 2018 As modern Oakland springs up around the one-square-block park — high-rise apartments, office buildings and hip restaurants on every side — Lafayette Square persists as an island of homeless squalor. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Homeless Warriors fans live in the shadow of team’s headquarters," 7 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The longtime cheerleader for farmers goes on the road too, cooking morels near a mushroom hunt in spring and bringing his mobile kitchen to family farms with vegetable, fruit or livestock specialties. Mary Bergin, chicagotribune.com, "Chow down on the farm this summer at special dinners in America's Dairyland," 9 July 2018 Teams that face a triple-option attack on their schedule often begin preparing in the previous spring, and that’s what Louisville did starting in March and April. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "How Louisville football can (and can’t) beat Georgia Tech," 7 July 2018 The other restaurants are coming to Winter Park in February and near UCF in spring of 2019. Kyle Arnold, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Bolay opening three 'bowl' eateries in Orlando area, first in Lake Nona," 5 July 2018 Yes, Lyme is most common in spring and summer months — the highest number of cases usually occur from May to September. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Ask the expert: With Lyme disease on the rise, here's how you can protect yourself," 3 July 2018 Rattlesnakes, Hansen tells me, emerge in spring hungry, spend their summers hunting, and head back to the same den in the fall to breed. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "A Rattle with Death in Yosemite," 20 June 2018 DiNardo's statement was released at the conference's spring meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Clare Foran, CNN, "Catholic cardinal calls separating mothers and children at border 'immoral'," 13 June 2018 Predominant fish species: Channel catfish (good yearwide), largemouth bass (good in spring, fall and winter months). Jerry Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Bexar County is home to 14 community fishing lakes," 11 June 2018 Both teams placed second in District 15-6A in the spring and advanced the girls doubles all the way to the state tournament. Alvaro Montaño, Houston Chronicle, "Klein’s Holly Cannon has tennis program in position for success," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The two biggest chambers of commerce here are conspicuously split on whether a local catering firm should be feeding children in a tent city in Tornillo that sprang up as a result of the Trump administration’s separation of families at the border. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "Chambers split on RK Group subcontract," 2 July 2018 The baseball adage that hope springs eternal sounds most appropriate as the Aberdeen IronBirds start play again Friday. The Aegis, "Hope springs eternal [Editorial]," 13 June 2018 Video published yesterday by the U.S. Geological Survey shows streaks of eerie blue flames springing up between cracks in a road. National Geographic, "Why Blue Flames Are Now Burning at Kilauea," 24 May 2018 Rice, 63, who currently serves in a number of roles at Stanford University, also warned officials in the Trump administration to be wary of problems that could spring up during negotiations with North Korea over denuclearizing the Korean peninsula. Daniel Flatley, Bloomberg.com, "Quitting Iran Deal a Bad Idea But Not End of World, Rice Says," 2 May 2018 Others are leaving their children with stay-at-home parents who offered to help or are taking advantage of day camps that have sprung up statewide. Melissa Daniels, The Christian Science Monitor, "Arizona bands together to care for students during teacher strike," 26 Apr. 2018 A few lawns signs sprung up in recent weeks asking people to reject the proposal because of the tax increase. Bill Leukhardt, Courant Community, "Berlin Voters Reject $89.55 Million Budget At Referendum," 25 Apr. 2018 The question now is just how many copycat shows will spring up at other networks, in an attempt to ape the Roseanne revival’s success. Yohana Desta, HWD, "How ABC Scrambled to Capture Trump Voters—and Landed on Roseanne," 30 Mar. 2018 The Census change springs from a somewhat obscure legal debate among some Republicans, who have quietly examined ways to manipulate the decennial survey to effectively gerrymander districts. Tina Nguyen, The Hive, "How Trump Could Turn the 2020 Census Into a Political Weapon," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of spring

Verb (1)

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


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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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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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.


\ ˈspriŋ \
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.



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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Medical Definition of spring 

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

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