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Definition of wellspring

: a source of continual supply a wellspring of information

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Examples of wellspring in a Sentence

The tour guide was a wellspring of information. the nation's colleges and universities were a wellspring for political activism and unrest
Recent Examples on the Web The post has been up for less than 24 hours and has already amassed nearly 5,000 upvotes and a wellspring of comments from folks who are surprised to see how Kim K.'s skin looks up close and completely unfiltered. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Redditors Are Freaking Out Over This Close-Up Photo of Kim Kardashian's Skin," 18 Jan. 2020 To them, technological progress is the wellspring of long-run growth, and the only interesting question is how best to coax more innovation out of the system. The Economist, "Economists explore the consequences of steering technological progress," 18 Jan. 2020 Turns out that Yelp has something else to offer the world, too: A wellspring of comedy content thanks to singer and comedian Grace Hayes. Melissa Locker, Time, "The Ideal Way to Enjoy Yelp Grievances Are These Soothing Songs With Lyrics Like 'Shouldn't Have to Chew My Coffee'," 3 Jan. 2020 Reynolds’s wellspring of energy and optimism is contagious. Marquita K. Harris, Essence, "This Founder Tells Us How She Went From Layoff To Big Payoff," 19 Dec. 2019 In both cases, the inference is central to the conclusion and the wellspring of righteous indignation. CBS News, "The House Judiciary Committee voted to impeach President Trump. Here's what happens next.," 14 Dec. 2019 Over several decades in the middle of the past century, scholars, critics and knowledgeable art lovers realized that the wellsprings of modern art did not all flow from Picasso. Washington Post, "Duchamp was all about playful subversion. That’s what makes his presence in Washington so fitting.," 19 Nov. 2019 This conversation, with yet another journalist, would be focused on theater: one of his first and most enduring loves, even the wellspring of his creative life. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "Édouard Louis Would Like to Talk About Theater Now," 6 Nov. 2019 With a twist-ending that’s been catching audiences unawares for nearly a century (it was released in 1920), this classic of German expressionism from director Robert Wiene is the wellspring from which so much of movie horror flowed. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "Things to do in Baltimore this week: Light City and the Baltimore Book Festival, the Westminster Catacombs, World Oddities Expo and more," 27 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of wellspring

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Wellspring.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wellspring. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wellspring

: something or someone that provides a large amount of something : a good source of something

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