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noun 
  1. (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.
  2. (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.
  3. (countable) A place where water emerges from the ground.
  4. (uncountable) The property of a body of springing to its original form after being compressed, stretched, etc.
  5. (countable) A mechanical device made of flexible or coiled material that exerts force when it is bend, bent, compressed or stretched.
  6. (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.
  7. (context, countable, slang) An erection of the penis.
  8. (countable) 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?
Translations: 
  • Dutch: veer(nl)f
  • French: garde(fr)f
  • German: Sprungfeder(de)f
  • Italian: molla(it)f
  • Spanish: resorte(es)m
verb (springs, springing, sprang, sprung)
  1. To start to exist.
Sometimes the ideas to life fully formed.
  1. To jump or leap.
He sprang up from his seat.
  1. (slang) To release or set free, especially from prison.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: springen(nl)
  • French: sauter(fr)
  • German: springen(de)
  • Italian: saltare(it)
  • Spanish: saltar(es)
Etymology: springan


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