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Dictionary Definition



1 the season of growth; "the emerging buds were a sure sign of spring"; "he will hold office until the spring of next year" [syn: springtime]
2 a natural flow of ground water [syn: fountain, outflow, outpouring, natural spring]
3 a metal elastic device that returns to its shape or position when pushed or pulled or pressed; "the spring was broken"
4 a light springing movement upwards or forwards [syn: leap, leaping, saltation, bound, bounce]
5 the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length [syn: give, springiness]
6 a point at which water issues forth


1 move forward by leaps and bounds; "The horse bounded across the meadow"; "The child leapt across the puddle"; "Can you jump over the fence?" [syn: jump, leap, bound]
2 develop into a distinctive entity; "our plans began to take shape" [syn: form, take form, take shape]
3 spring back; spring away from an impact; "The rubber ball bounced"; "These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide" [syn: bounce, resile, take a hop, bound, rebound, recoil, reverberate, ricochet]
4 produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly; "He sprang a new haircut on his wife"
5 develop suddenly; "The tire sprang a leak"
6 produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly; "He sprang these news on me just as I was leaving" [also: sprung, sprang]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • , /sprɪŋ/, /sprIN/
  • Rhymes with: -ɪŋ




  1. To start to exist.
    Sometimes the ideas spring to life fully formed.
  2. To jump or leap.
    He sprang up from his seat.
  3. To release or set free, especially from prison.


start to exist
  • Bulgarian: появявам се
  • Danish: springe
  • Dutch: ontspringen, ontspruiten, ontstaan
  • Finnish: nousta, syntyä
  • French: naître
  • German: entspringen
  • Greek: ξεπροβάλλω, ξεφυτρώνω
  • Italian: nascere, generarsi, formarsi
  • Japanese: 跳ね上がる (はねあがる, hane-agaru), 跳ねる (はねる, haneru)
  • Maltese: tfaċċa
  • Spanish: nacer
  • Turkish: ortaya çıkıvermek, belirivermek
jump or leap


  1. Traditionally the first of the four seasons, in which plants spring from the ground and trees come into blossom; typically regarded as being from March 21 to June 20 in the Northern Hemisphere and from September 21 to December 20 in the Southern Hemisphere.
  2. Spring tide; a tide of greater-than-average range, that is, around the first or third quarter of a lunar month, or around the times of the new or full moon.
  3. A place where water emerges from the ground.
  4. The property of a body of springing to its original form after being compressed, stretched, etc.
  5. A mechanical device made of flexible or coiled material that exerts force when it is bent, compressed or stretched.
  6. In the context of "countable|nautical": A rope attaching the bow of a vessel to the stern-side of the jetty, or vice versa, to stop the vessel from swaying.
  7. In the context of "countable|slang": An erection of the penis.
  8. The source of an action
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973, § 9.
      ... discover, at least in some degree, the secret springs and principles, by which the human mind is actuated in its operations?


Related terms


higher-than-average tide
  • Finnish: tulvavuoksi
  • Korean: 한사리 (hansari)
water source
property of a body of springing to its original form
device made of flexible material
rope on a boat
  • Finnish: springi
  • French: garde
the source of an action
  • Portuguese:



From springe





  • /ˈsprɪŋ/

Verb form

  1. first-person singular of springen


Verb form

  1. imperative singular of springen


Verb form

  1. imperative of springa

Extensive Definition

Spring may refer to:




  • Spring (Runelords), a character in The Runelords series of fantasy novels by David Farland

Film and television

Mathematics and computing






Other uses


See also

spring in German: Spring
spring in Spanish: Spring
spring in Persian: بهار (ابهام‌زدایی)
spring in French: Spring
spring in Dutch: Spring
spring in Polish: Spring (ujednoznacznienie)
spring in Russian: Spring
spring in Finnish: Spring

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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