well·​spring | \ˈwel-ˌspriŋ \

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

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If China becomes a great technology hub and global innovator, their scientific breakthroughs could become our medical treatments, their robots our productivity wellspring. Evan Horowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "Wall Street hates Trump’s trade threats as much as it loves his tax cut," 27 June 2018 Then there was a separate series of denims and work clothes that paid homage to the wellspring of his creativity: the streets of East Los Angeles and the South Bronx in the last years of the 20th century. New York Times, "New York Men’s Fashion Week: The Mixtape," 11 July 2018 Netanyahu’s calculation mirrors that of his strong ally in Washington, where Trump has tapped a wellspring of evangelical support. David D. Kirkpatrick, BostonGlobe.com, "Israeli appeal to evangelicals stirs old fears," 19 May 2018 But in a curious sense, the wellspring of fear that makes Spygate plausible to frightened outsiders is a mirror image of the disgust that Brennan, the consummate insider, expresses about the president’s character. Mattathias Schwartz, New York Times, "A Spymaster Steps Out of the Shadows," 27 June 2018 And Forest Park, a wellspring of green, dotted with free museums and a zoo, is one of the largest urban parks in the country. Kate Silver, chicagotribune.com, "You're going where? St. Louis," 19 June 2018 Documentaries, often sober counter-programming for the summer months, are instead supplying the movie season's most potent wellspring of feel-good inspiration – particularly to liberal moviegoers. Jake Coyle, The Christian Science Monitor, "How two documentaries became summer box office hits," 28 June 2018 Trump and his advisers were unable to stanch the wellspring of public opposition. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump defiant as crisis grows over family separation at the border," 19 June 2018 Craig Federighi, Apple’s head of software, is tasked with keeping that wellspring of new ideas flowing. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Apple's Plans to Bring Artificial Intelligence to Your Phone," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of wellspring

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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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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