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spring

play
verb \ˈspriŋ\
Updated on: 26 Jul 2017

Definition of spring

sprang

play \ˈspraŋ\ or

sprung

play \ˈsprəŋ\;

sprung

;

springing

play \ˈspriŋ-iŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 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 shutb :  to become warped

  3. 2 :  to issue with speed and force or as a stream tears spring from our eyes

  4. 3a :  to grow as a plantb :  to issue by birth or descent sprang from the upper classc :  to come into being :  arise towns sprang up across the plainsd archaic :  dawne :  to begin to blow —used with up a breeze quickly sprang up

  5. 4a :  to make a leap or series of leaps springing across the lawnb :  to leap or jump up suddenly sprang from their seats

  6. 5 :  to stretch out in height :  rise

  7. 6 :  pay —used with for I'll spring for the drinks

  8. transitive verb
  9. 1 :  to cause to spring

  10. 2a :  to undergo or bring about the splitting or cracking of wind sprang the mastb :  to undergo the opening of (a leak)

  11. 3a :  to cause to operate suddenly spring a trapb :  to apply or insert by bendingc :  to bend by force

  12. 4 :  to leap over

  13. 5 :  to produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly

  14. 6 :  to make lame

  15. 7 :  to release or cause to be released from confinement or custody sprung them from jail

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Origin and Etymology of spring

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

Synonym Discussion of spring

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

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spring

noun, often attributive

Definition of spring

  1. 1a :  a source of supply; especially :  a source of water issuing from the groundb :  an ultimate source especially of action or motion

  2. 2 :  spring tide

  3. 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. 4 :  an elastic body or device that recovers its original shape when released after being distorted

  5. 5a :  the act or an instance of leaping up or forward :  boundb (1) :  capacity for springing :  resilience (2) :  energy, bounce

  6. 6 :  the point or plane at which an arch or vault curve springs from its impost

springlike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of spring in a Sentence

  1. We'll plant the seeds next spring.

  2. We've had a rainy spring.

  3. a beautiful day in early spring

  4. The first few weeks of spring were unusually warm.

  5. The mattress is old and some of the springs are broken.

  6. The cushion has lost its spring.

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First Known Use of spring

before 12th century

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spring

verb

Definition of spring

sprung

play \ˈsprəŋ\;

springing

play \ˈspriŋ-iŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to fit with springs

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First Known Use of spring

1884


Financial Definition of SPRING

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.


SPRING Defined for English Language Learners

spring

noun

Definition of spring for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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spring

play
verb \ˈspriŋ\

Definition of spring for Students

sprang

\ˈspraŋ\ or

sprung

\ˈsprəŋ\;

sprung

;

springing

  1. 1 :  to move suddenly upward or forward :  leap The lion crouched, waiting to spring.

  2. 2 :  to appear or grow quickly or suddenly Weeds sprang up overnight. Tears sprang from her eyes.

  3. 3 :  to have (a leak) appear

  4. 4 :  to move quickly by or as if by stretching and springing back The lid sprang shut.

  5. 5 :  to cause to operate suddenly He was planning to spring a trap.

  6. 6 :  to come into being :  arise An idea sprang in his mind.


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spring

play
noun

Definition of spring for Students

  1. 1 :  the season between winter and summer including in the northern hemisphere usually the months of March, April, and May

  2. 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. 3 :  the ability of something to return to its original shape when it is compressed or stretched

  4. 4 :  a source of supply (as of water coming up from the ground)

  5. 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. 6 :  a bouncy or lively quality She had a spring in her step.


Medical Dictionary

spring

play
noun \ˈspriŋ\

Medical Definition of spring

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



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