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

Efforts to consolidate these projects also sprung up by the dozens. Joe Karaganis, Washington Post, "Russia is building a new Napster — but for academic research," 13 July 2018 Throughout Moshfegh’s works, especially her short stories, her humor springs from irony and irreverence. Walton Muyumba, latimes.com, "Detachment and dreaming in 'My Year of Rest and Relaxation' by Ottessa Moshfegh," 12 July 2018 Others sprang from their chairs at moments of apparent intrigue. Dugan Arnett, BostonGlobe.com, "What happened when a soccer skeptic sat through a World Cup match," 11 July 2018 The demonstrations sprang up to oppose increases in social security taxes. John Otis, WSJ, "Nicaraguan Leader’s Former Pro-Business Allies Want Him Out," 10 July 2018 In an exuberant display of unity, more than 1,100 delegates sprang to their feet, whistling, cheering and offering prolonged applause. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Trade War Is a Big Problem for Republicans in Politically Pivotal Iowa," 6 July 2018 When Corbin's husband was killed by enemy fire, the young woman sprang into action. Cristina Corbin, Fox News, "Where is Margaret Corbin? Hunt on for Revolutionary War hero's grave," 5 July 2018 After an attack in March halted data exchanges from the company, the operators that used their services to facilitate gas deliveries and billing sprang into action. Don Santa, Houston Chronicle, "Commentary: Administration’s action on coal, nuclear solves a problem that doesn’t exist," 5 July 2018 On Hadfield’s final expedition, the ISS sprang an ammonia leak. NBC News, "Why astronaut Chris Hadfield isn't afraid of death," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Naperville residents Bradley Burgermeister and Steven Laabs were named to the dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville for the spring semester. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville People in the News," 13 July 2018 The air is stifling, spring's perennials are dead and drooping on the sidewalk, and the streets are hot enough to fry an egg — and summer's hot new look is bringing us a whole new color palette, too. refinery29.com, "Summer's Coolest Launches Are Bringing The Heat Wave To Your Makeup Bag," 11 July 2018 Olga Kasian traveled to Los Angeles in spring of 2016 for the birth of her granddaughter. Marisa Gerber, latimes.com, "Graphic novelist sentenced to life in prison for 2016 torture and murder of his fiancee," 26 June 2018 The family was provided a free Disney Cruise vacation, complete with a trip to the park in Orlando during spring break. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "They lost their parents in a murder-suicide. Now the Durrett Foundation is stepping up," 26 June 2018 In most cases, female Cuban crocs, who might normally struggle to find a mate from their own small population, suddenly encounter exotic suitors of an appealing size and shenanigans ensue—a little like spring break in Cancun. Shanna Baker, Smithsonian, "The Quest to Preserve the Last of Castro’s Crocodiles," 21 June 2018 Each spring, when college acceptances and rejections arrive in the mail, a simple maxim applies: The thicker the envelope, the better the news. Alex Bhattacharji, Town & Country, "Can USC Survive Scandal and Shed Its Spoiled-Kid Reputation Once and For All?," 10 July 2018 Lewis, a five-star recruit from Hawkins High School who caught four passes for the Trojans last season as a true freshman, was removed from the team’s roster before spring practice. Nathan Fenno, latimes.com, "USC receiver Joseph Lewis released after 21 days in jail," 6 July 2018 That spring, as the new feature writer, I was enlisted to write the annual story on the seasonal opening of the Great Adventure theme park in Central Jersey. Thomas Swick, Longreads, "Letters from Trenton," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Cheeks that hadn't existed moments before suddenly sprang to life; even my boyfriend, who was sitting across the room, commented on their newfound prominence. Sophie Wirt, Allure, "How to Layer Your Highlighter For a Multidimensional Glow," 30 May 2018 Valverde was criticized following the Roma result but Barceona left-back Jordi Alba sprung to his defense Sunday. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Lionel Messi hat-trick seals La Liga title for Barcelona," 30 Apr. 2018 The Huskies were down 5-0 at the time, and when play resumed their offense briefly sprang to life. Dom Amore, courant.com, "UConn Baseball Team Falls To Tulane, 7-1, At Dunkin' Donuts Park," 28 Apr. 2018 In the late 1980s and '90s the square-block plaza sprung to life. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Houston's Jones Plaza to undergo a series of radical renovations," 24 Apr. 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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