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Noun: spring  spring
  1. The season of growth; spring; the beginning of spring
    "he will hold office until the spring of next year"; "the emerging buds were a sure sign of spring";
    - springtime
  2. A metal elastic device that returns to its shape or position when pushed or pulled or pressed
    "the spring was broken"
  3. A natural flow of ground water
    - fountain, outflow, outpouring, natural spring
  4. A point at which water issues forth
  5. The elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length
    - give, springiness
  6. A light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards
    - leap, leaping, saltation, bound, bounce
Verb: spring (sprang,sprung)  spring
  1. Push upwards with the legs and feet to move upwards (and maybe forwards) with feet clear of the ground
    "Can you spring over the fence?";
    - jump, leap, bound
  2. Develop into a distinctive entity
    "our plans began to spring";
    - form, take form, take shape
  3. Move back in a roughly opposite direction after an impact
    "The rubber ball sprang";
    - bounce, resile, take a hop, bound, rebound, recoil, reverberate, ricochet
  4. Develop suddenly
    "The tire sprang a leak"
  5. Produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly
    "He sprang the news on me just as I was leaving"
  6. [informal] Release or set free, especially from prison
    "celebrities who get sprung from prison early"

Derived forms: sprung, sprang, springing, springs

See also: stand out

Type of: acquire, become, beginning, break, bring out, develop, disclose, discover, divulge, elastic device, elasticity, expose, formation, geological formation, get, give away, grow, jump, jumping, lay bare, let on, let out, move, origin, produce, reveal, root, rootage, season, snap, source, time of year, uncover, unwrap

Encyclopedia: Spring, Sweet Spring