well·​spring | \ ˈwel-ˌspriŋ How to pronounce wellspring (audio) \

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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Prince wanted to teach readers about Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a wellspring of black entrepreneurship that flourished in the early twentieth century. Dan Piepenbring, The New Yorker, "The Book of Prince," 2 Sep. 2019 First, those voices are truly the wellspring of a tradition of interpretation. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "How slavery became America’s first big business," 16 Aug. 2019 Online message boards are another wellspring for tips. New York Times, "Need Extra Time on Tests? It Helps to Have Cash," 30 July 2019 The festival venue, an oasis situated between East River and Harlem River, became a wellspring of hair inspiration. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "All Of The Hair Inspiration From Curlfest 2019," 29 July 2019 And, in contrast to the end of the 17th century, when Peter the Great looked to Europe as the wellspring of progress, Mr Putin can plausibly argue that the future now belongs to China and its system of state capitalism. The Economist, "Partnership is much better for China than it is for Russia," 27 July 2019 Some TikTok users have garnered thousands and thousands of likes, and a wellspring of comments. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "People Are Giving Themselves 2000s Makeovers on TikTok, and Butterfly Clips Are Everywhere," 23 July 2019 Shootings are a wellspring of chaos and the sketchy details emerging from the Dominican Republic – an amusement center, a bar, a man on a motorcycle, shot in the leg, shot through the back – eventually stabilized. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Opinion: From Big Papi to 'big brother,' David Ortiz's baseball impact a true love affair," 10 June 2019 Silicon Valley had been, until recently, one of the last relatively untainted wellsprings from which to draw campaign contributions. Stephanie Saul, New York Times, "Democratic Candidates Woo Silicon Valley for Donations, Then Bash It," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of wellspring

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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