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 upa 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 forI'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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from spring


springlike \ ˈspriŋ-​ˌlīk How to pronounce springlike (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for spring

Synonyms: Noun

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Choose the Right Synonym for spring

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

Noun 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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That’s when Francee called 911 while Ryan sprang into action. Ricky Pinela, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida Navy Reserve officer rescues woman from sinking car: report," 12 Nov. 2019 At the snap, Mayfield threw another quick screen, and Hunt sprung for 19 yards after bouncing off a few Bills defenders. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "The future of Browns’ backfield looks bright featuring both Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt together," 10 Nov. 2019 But that effort has backfired in Indonesia, where illicit backyard manufacturers have sprung up to supply wildcat miners and replace mercury that was previously imported from abroad. Richard C. Paddock, New York Times, "The Hidden Cost of Gold: Birth Defects and Brain Damage," 9 Nov. 2019 For a second, the cat jumped on the platform and then sprang out. Tom Canavan, Houston Chronicle, "Monday night black cat still on the loose at MetLife Stadium," 7 Nov. 2019 From that 1915 literary work sprung a movement, known as the Poppy Appeal, and now fundraising effort to support veterans, symbolized by the flower, takes place every November. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Arrived at Westminster Abbey Wearing a Somber Navy Coat and Chic Leather Boots," 7 Nov. 2019 NGOs Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have both expressed concern over the government's response to the protests, while solidarity marches have sprung up around the world. Daniel Gallan, CNN, "Copa Libertadores final moved from Chile to Peru because of civil unrest," 6 Nov. 2019 For a second, the cat jumped on the platform in and then sprang out. BostonGlobe.com, "EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — A black cat got the best of the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants for a couple minutes Monday night.," 5 Nov. 2019 The first race was held in 1911 — local businesses sprung up with that development. Cortlynn Stark, Indianapolis Star, "Roger Penske is buying IMS, IndyCar. Here's what Speedway business owners, officials have to say," 4 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Bureau of Land Management purchased more than 150 acres surrounding the spring, located about 30 miles east of the town of Lakeview. oregonlive, "Fully recovered Oregon fish set to be removed from endangered species list," 12 Sep. 2019 UConn’s top four receivers from a year ago were gone, so during the offseason and through spring ball, Maurisseau would spend late nights working out and trying to get better. Jonah Dylan, courant.com, "With production needed, who will step up at wide receiver for UConn football team?," 27 Aug. 2019 That's one guy who really developed during spring ball. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Big 12 Media Days: 5 Takeaways from Day 2," 16 July 2019 The springs and surrounding desert wetlands are just 200 feet from the border, where crews plan to bring in heavy earthmoving equipment to install the giant steel barriers. Juliet Eilperin, Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "Border fence construction could destroy archaeological sites, park service finds," 17 Sep. 2019 Fear not, there were still a handful of wearable looks to steal inspiration from, but for the most part the spring makeup backstage was more for spectacle. Glamour, "21 Spectacular Makeup Looks From the Spring 2020 Runways," 17 Sep. 2019 As the sun dips below the horizon one last time—not to rise again until spring—the icy seascape darkens, the temperatures plummet, and the sea ice swells into a brutal fortress, so thick that no icebreaker can penetrate it. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Marooned: Researchers Will Freeze Their Ship into Arctic Ocean Ice for a Year," 17 Sep. 2019 Dancing With the Stars HOW/WHEN & WHERE TO WATCH: 8 p.m. on ABC Season Premiere For its 28th season — and after skipping one this past spring — ABC’s reality dancing competition is back. Ew Staff, EW.com, "What to Watch on Monday: Dancing With the Stars returns, and Lilly is new in late-night," 16 Sep. 2019 Historic weather records also show climate change is leading to stronger spring storms that spur nutrient runoff from farms and lawns, which, in turn, fuel algae blooms in lakes. Keith Matheny, Freep.com, "Climate change transforming where fish in the Great Lakes region live," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As Hurricane Dorian swept the Bahamas, Boston chefs were springing into action. BostonGlobe.com, "Boston chefs serving meals in Bahamas relief effort - The Boston Globe," 8 Sep. 2019 After an introduction from Lenny Kravitz and a similarly strong performance from H.E.R., Normani and her dance crew sprang into action. Chris Payne, Billboard, "Normani Brings Epic Choreo, Stunning Vocals to 'Motivation' Performance at the 2019 MTV VMAs: Watch," 26 Aug. 2019 When Joe’s breathing stopped, neighbors sprung into action, removing him from the vehicle and placing him on the ground. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Neighbors thought they witnessed a tragedy. Then a sign appeared: ‘You Saved My Life!’," 22 Aug. 2019 Officers sprang into action, handcuffed the would-be driver and held him for questioning. Jeremy Gorner, chicagotribune.com, "Suburban police have been warning residents about leaving cars unlocked with key fobs inside. Then one was part of a tragedy.," 20 Aug. 2019 Each person sprang into action, contributing his and her expertise — checking the engine, directing traffic around my car, suggesting towing services and convincing me the car HAD to be moved. Sainted & Tainted Writers, Twin Cities, "Sainted: Little Vera is definitely being raised to care about other people," 17 Aug. 2019 More than a dozen Good Samaritans sprang into action, risking their own lives to save a passenger trapped inside a crashed SUV in California. CBS News, "Dramatic video shows group of strangers save passenger trapped in crashed SUV," 2 Aug. 2019 Marine experts from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Coast Guard officers, and volunteers have all sprung into action to save the sea creatures, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Colleen Cronin, PEOPLE.com, "Beachgoers and Rescuers Are Working Together to Save Five Whales Stranded Near Florida Beach," 29 July 2019 Beachgoers who had been enjoying the sunny day sprang into action, dousing the pilot whales with water and pushing them deeper into the sea, despite shark sightings in the area. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Georgia Beachgoers Help Save Pod of Stranded Pilot Whales," 19 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'spring.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about spring

Statistics for spring

Last Updated

16 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for spring

The first known use of spring was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for spring



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.

Source: Investing Answers



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.

Keep scrolling for more


\ 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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on spring

What made you want to look up spring? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


meddlesome, informal, or unofficial

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Pass the Little Ribbons: A Pasta Word Quiz

  • rotelle pasta
  • Match the pasta to its meaning in English: Rotelle
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!