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

As the pet influencers field has gotten crowded, a cottage industry has sprung up to help pets — or their owners, at least — manage their newfound marketability. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "How to make your dog Instagram-famous, according to an agent for “pet influencers”," 6 Nov. 2018 Businesses have sprung up to create the software that allows growers to track their plants and final products, as the government requires. Ian Austen, The Seattle Times, "Dreams of big profits as marijuana becomes legal in Canada," 16 Oct. 2018 And dozens of companies producing collagen supplements and bone broth have sprung up over the past few years, some built on this very premise. Aleksandra Crapanzano, Marie Claire, "Can Eating Chicken Soup Give You Better Skin?," 12 Oct. 2018 Rumors of Apple using LG as a possible alternative OLED screen supplier sprung up in June, and today’s news cites unidentified sources that claim LG’s OLED panels had passed Apple’s quality tests recently. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Apple reportedly adds LG as second OLED display supplier for iPhone XS and XS Max," 14 Sep. 2018 As companies spend an increasing amount on travel and expenses, online disruptors have sprung up to take market share from entrenched travel industries. Rani Molla, Recode, "Here are five hidden trends in corporate America’s travel and expenses as online services take over," 26 July 2018 Thanks to the current political climate, a lot of differences have sprung up between my dad and me. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Celebrate National Pecan Pie Day with a modern take on this classic," 12 July 2018 And many dozens of nonprofit news organizations have sprung up locally across the country. Alberto Ibargüen, star-telegram, "Support local news –it’s crucial to our lives and our democracy," 5 July 2018 Vegan restaurants, meanwhile, have sprung up in Paris and edgy bits of other cities, serving raw food, kale and green shakes to végétaliens. The Economist, "French vegans are tormenting France’s butchers," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There's 60% off spring-summer and 50% off select prefall plus 30% off select resort styles. Glamour, "Black Friday Deals 2018: Everything We Know So Far," 12 Nov. 2018 Cheetah-cub’ with spring-loaded legs to mimic the gait of its namesake at a house cat’s size. David L. Hu, WSJ, "Robot Design Goes Back to Nature," 9 Nov. 2018 Spirals were giving extra spring with the help of small-sized curling irons, short styles and natural textures were zhuzhed up and topped with product to shine, while long, straight and wavy hair was given the bouncy Victoria's Secret blowout. Sophia Panych, Allure, "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2018: Why Charlotte Tilbury Didn't Use Highlighter on the Angels," 8 Nov. 2018 In the full spring light, the Mississippi River Basin Model is catnip for geography professors. Nate Berg, Curbed, "Can engineering save Louisiana’s coastline?," 7 Nov. 2018 Work, eat, sleep, repeat RDR II begins with a desperate trek through a late-spring blizzard. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Red Dead Redemption II review: Getting muddy in the wide-open frontier," 25 Oct. 2018 The combo of high-resilience foam and individually wrapped pocket springs offer a firm, but comfortable surface that knocks me right out at night. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The HAUGSVÄR IKEA Mattress Gave Me the Best Sleep of My Life," 18 Oct. 2018 On Monday, the actress arrived in a stunning Dior dress for the fashion house's spring 2019 runway show. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Blake Lively Paired a Nude Bodysuit With Her Daring Floral Dress," 25 Sep. 2018 Guyger also attended the University of Texas at Arlington in fall of 2012 and spring of 2013, said university spokeswoman Sana Syed. Ryan Tarinelli, Fox News, "Lawyer: Firing of officer who killed neighbor is premature," 25 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The conservative movement’s push to remake the courts since the 1970s and 1980s ultimately sprang from the Warren Court’s spree of liberal decisions in the 1950s and 1960s. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "A Watershed Moment in American History," 10 July 2018 Federal investigators reached conflicting conclusions about why the Alaska Ranger suddenly sprung a big leak in gnarly _ but not particularly unusual _ winter seas. Anchorage Daily News, "A decade after the Alaska Ranger sank, a survivor changes his story," 13 Apr. 2018 An Alabama lawmaker wants to stop the practice of springing forward and falling back. Leada Gore, AL.com, "Alabama would move to Daylight Saving Time year round under new bill," 15 Mar. 2018 Here's to hoping the government springs forward with a verdict on this exciting development. Southern Living, "Will Florida Soon Observe Daylight Saving Time Year-Round?," 25 Jan. 2018 When Glenn Taylor saw flames light up his York Township home’s door Tuesday night, the septuagenarian sprung into action and grabbed a fire extinguisher from the garage, the York Daily Record reported. Astrid Rodrigues, Philly.com, "Fireworks ignite Pennsylvania neighbor's front door," 5 July 2018 The forthcoming battle in season three is a resistance that comes springing forth from the shadows. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Handmaid's Tale' "Ready to Hit the Next Dimension" in Season 3, Producer Says," 12 July 2018 Sporting Kansas City’s grip on first place stretched nearly four months, its stay there marked by an offense that had sprung to life and a defense that had recovered from an atypical start. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "Sporting KC loses at RSL, falls out of first place in West for first time in 16 weeks," 4 July 2018 That would've been Sarri in a nutshell, but there are still options out there - Julian Nagelsmann springs to mind, hell, even Marcelo Bielsa is available. SI.com, "Why Laurent Blanc is the Worst Possible Managerial Choice for Chelsea in 2018," 8 June 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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The first known use of spring was before the 12th century

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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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