- (countable) 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.
- (countable) 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.
- (countable) A place where water emerges from the ground.
- (uncountable) The property of a body of springing to its original form after being compressed, stretched, etc.
- (countable) A mechanical device made of flexible or coiled material that exerts force when it is bend, bent, compressed or stretched.
- (context, 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.
- (context, countable, slang) An erection of the penis.
- (countable) The source of an action
verb (springs, springing, sprang, sprung)
- 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973, Â§ 9.
- : ... discover, at least in some degree, the secret springs and principles, by which the human mind is actuated in its operations?
- To start to exist.
- Sometimes the ideas to life fully formed.
- To jump or leap.
- He sprang up from his seat.
- (slang) To release or set free, especially from prison.
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