- the head or source of a spring, stream, river, etc.; fountainhead.
- a source or supply of anything, especially when considered inexhaustible: a wellspring of affection.
Origin of wellspring
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Examples from the Web for wellspring
Nor should our recognition of Edward Snowden occasion our rejection of peace and joy as a wellspring of our lives.Edward Snowden, Not Pope Francis, Is the Person of the Year
December 12, 2013
Mexico, Mexico City in particular, has been a wellspring for the global art world for a while.Mexico’s Dark Past and Present
June 21, 2013
Jeffress was of course tapping into a wellspring of anti-Mormon prejudice in the culture.Calling Out Christian Hatemongers
October 14, 2011
Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it.
The wellspring of wisdom is as a flowing brook, says the Wise Man.The Chaplain of the Fleet
Walter Besant and James Rice
And what a godsend and wellspring of delight Jess and his store were to all Rockhaven's progeny.Rockhaven
Eugenie's first and only love was a wellspring of sadness within her.Eugenie Grandet
Honore de Balzac
And the body is, of necessity, a wellspring of energy; it has to do something.Democracy and Education
- the source of a spring or stream; fountainhead
- a source of continual or abundant supply
Old English welspryng, wylspring; see well ², spring
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Word Origin and History for wellspring
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