verb (used without object), sprang or, often, sprung; sprung; spring·ing.
verb (used with object), sprang or, often, sprung; sprung; spring·ing.
- a popular movement calling for liberal reforms and opposing authoritarian restrictions on freedom and information access (usually used in combination): the brief Seoul Spring of 1979–80; the Academic Spring’s goal of free access to published research.See also Prague Spring, Arab Spring.
- a period of liberalization or democratization.
- warp(def 16).
- a line from the quarter of a vessel to an anchor on the bottom, used to hold the vessel at its mooring, broadside to the current.
- the point at which an arch or dome rises from its support.
- the rise or the angle of the rise of an arch.
Origin of spring
Examples from the Web for spring
She completed a yoga teacher-training program and, in the spring of 2008, went on a retreat in Peru to study with shamans.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This is the Mexico that U.S. college students would be wise to steer clear of on spring break.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Althea is now re-scheduled with her surgeon for this spring.The Insurance Company Promised a Gender Reassignment. Then They Made a Mistake.|James Joiner|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the spring of 1933, few perceived Nazism with the gravity he did.
But in the spring of 1856 he finally faced a full-scale protest.
The Imperial Conference met in London in the spring of 1917.The Canadian Dominion|Oscar D. Skelton
She was looking for a spring bed on one of the low limbs of the cottonwood tree.
Hour after hour like that, with ten minutes' rest now and then at a spring or to stretch our legs.Romany of the Snows|Gilbert Parker
The pool will spring upon the market, right and left, selling thousands upon thousands of shares.The President|Alfred Henry Lewis
Half a dozen times he rushed hither and yon, but at all times he felt the spring of the splendid toy in my hand.Mr. Dide, His Vacation in Colorado|Lewis B. France
British Dictionary definitions for spring
verb springs, springing, sprang, sprung or sprung
- the quality of resilience; elasticity
- (as modifier)spring steel
- a natural outflow of ground water, as forming the source of a stream
- (as modifier)spring water
- a device, such as a coil or strip of steel, that stores potential energy when it is compressed, stretched, or bent and releases it when the restraining force is removed
- (as modifier)a spring mattress
- (sometimes capital) the season of the year between winter and summer, astronomically from the March equinox to the June solstice in the N hemisphere and from the September equinox to the December solstice in the S hemisphere
- (as modifier)spring showers Related adjective: vernal