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


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 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


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


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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But whereas Ellroy failed to finish high school, Knode has a master’s from Cornell and worked for a magazine, LA Weekly, which sprang from the counterculture Ellroy detested. The Economist, "James Ellroy finally has happiness in his sights," 8 June 2019 People who sprang from their heads have now slipped from their control, taking on many, many lives of their own. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Handmaids Tale Garb Is the Viral Protest Uniform of 2019," 5 June 2019 Who wouldn't want to join in on all of the spooky possibilities that could spring from two of the most memorable AHS worlds colliding? Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "“American Horror Story” Creator Ryan Murphy Wants the Crossover Season to Be an “All-Star Thing”," 21 Mar. 2018 Velma and Kenneth Kemp’s daughters — Joelle, 24, and Jessica, 30 — welcomed guests as congregation members sang spirituals that sprang from small, black churches along the South decades ago. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s Antioch church showcases work of artists in its congregation," 5 Mar. 2018 By knowing which viruses pose a threat to humans and which animals carry them, EcoHealth and similar groups will be even better prepared to predict where the next pandemic may spring up. Mallory Locklear, Discover Magazine, "With Big Data and Predictive Analytics, Scientists Are Getting Smarter About Outbreaks," 8 Nov. 2018 Elk Grove has a similar program, and others have sprung up recently in other areas, including Citrus Heights. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "Homeless people are moving from the river to homes in the suburbs. Does this approach work?," 10 June 2018 Two new documentaries show how the movement sprang up in two then-blighted cities — Boston and London. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "Punk rocking on both sides of the pond in ‘Boys From Nowhere’ and ‘Here to Be Heard’," 17 May 2018 This isn’t necessarily the case in other parts of the world, where earthquakes, tornadoes, fires, and floods can spring up without warning. National Geographic, "Why Do So Many People Live Near Active Volcanoes?," 8 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Houston is a little greener thanks to the efforts of nonprofit organization Trees For Houston, which recently completed its spring planting season. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "Trees For Houston wraps up spring planting season," 13 June 2019 If the pruners have been burning a hole in your garden glove, go ahead and trim up the lilac, forsythia, viburnum and other spring-blooming shrubs, if needed. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Some plants hard to find this spring," 13 June 2019 Highlights include birthday and anniversary celebrations, an annual water fight, spring training games, an annual hike, a Christmas party complete with Santa and snow freshly delivered for the annual Snow Ball Fight. Leigh Farr, azcentral, "Small Company Rankings," 13 June 2019 With the regular Little League spring baseball season concluded and a majority of the youth baseball players enjoying their summer break, there is still some memorable baseball games being played at Broward County ball parks. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale Little League Coach Pitch Select Team brings home District 10 title," 13 June 2019 Hosted by the brand and their partner Yumi, the intimate dinner was set in the pink and white-striped dining room at a long dining table decorated with white peonies, ranunculus, and spring roses from UrbanStems. Neesha Arter, Vogue, "The Cool Moms of L.A. Came Out to Celebrate Maisonette’s New Collection," 12 June 2019 On Earth, water gets pulled into the seafloor around the flanks of hydrothermal vents—seafloor springs that spew water at superhot temperatures—before being jettisoned back out from the vents themselves. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Water on Europa—with a Pinch of Salt," 12 June 2019 The topic: Full coverage spring-to-summer makeup for a night out. Jane Morice | Jmorice@cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "New makeup YouTube series, The Beauty Beat, has launched on cleveland.com featuring Jane Morice," 12 June 2019 Hong has been selected as one of 13 Union-Tribune All-Academic Team Captains for spring sports. San Diego Union-Tribune, "U-T All-Academic Team Captains for spring sports," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Entertainment Tonight sprung the news to Mark (also known as Bruce Banner) on the red carpet ahead of Avengers: Endgame being released on Friday. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "No One Ever Noticed That 'Avengers' Star Brie Larson Was in '13 Going on 30' with Mark Ruffalo," 26 Apr. 2019 Fashion 14 Slides Spring has sprung, and so have plenty of gorgeous spring dresses. Teen Vogue, "The 14 Best Spring Dresses Under $200," 5 Apr. 2019 Swift and dramatic — in the later years springing Warren Jeffs from prison and returning him to Colorado City, where his breakaway polygamist flock awaited. David Montero, latimes.com, "Once zealously controlled by a religious sect, a small town tries to rehab its image — with beer," 5 July 2018 This evidence is sprung upon him during his testimony against Salander in the third book, and he is led in handcuffs from the courtroom. Alice Bolin, Longreads, "The Daughter as Detective," 26 June 2018 The midfielder stabbed an effort at goal but was denied by the legs of Subasic, who then sprung up to flick the ball behind for a corner. SI.com, "Argentina 0-3 Croatia: Caballero's Blunder Costs Argentina as Croatia Qualify for Last 16," 21 June 2018 Bars, brothels, and hotels sprang up to cater to rail-riding transients and part-time workers. Zoie Matthew, Los Angeles Magazine, "Here’s What’s Being Done to End L.A.’s Homelessness Crisis," 14 June 2018 This isn’t necessarily the case in other parts of the world, where earthquakes, tornadoes, fires, and floods can spring up without warning. National Geographic, "Why Do So Many People Live Near Active Volcanoes?," 8 May 2018 After that horrific night in June, our community sprang into action. Claudia Connors, Seventeen, "I Lost Hope After the Pulse Shooting, But The March for Our Lives Renewed It," 26 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 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.



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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\ 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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