- 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.
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Your credentials will follow you across multiple platforms, devices, and browsers—whenever you need to log in, the password manager should spring into life.How to get started using a password manager|David Nield|September 8, 2020|Popular-Science
New Mexico Health Connections’ decision to close at year’s end will leave just three of the 23 nonprofit health insurance co-ops that sprung from the Affordable Care Act.Only three of 26 Obamacare-era nonprofit health insurance co-ops will soon remain|lbelanger225|September 6, 2020|Fortune
Naturally, Airbnb was among the first names to spring to mind.A SPAC courts Airbnb|Lucinda Shen|September 3, 2020|Fortune
We had planned a July 7 start, so a lot of the spring was just kind of watching and waiting.Inside an FKT Attempt on the Appalachian Trail|Martin Fritz Huber|September 3, 2020|Outside Online
Most of the area’s rainfall occurs in winter and spring, so those oxygen isotopes are indicative of conditions between February and May, rather than summer.Bering Sea winter ice shrank to its lowest level in 5,500 years in 2018|Carolyn Gramling|September 3, 2020|Science News
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
It is the only tourist center Ukraine has left on the Black Sea, since Russia annexed Crimea last spring.Is Putin Turning to Terrorism in Ukraine?|Anna Nemtsova|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Having graduated Juilliard last spring, Alex Sharp is too young to have given the performance of a lifetime.Hedwig, Hugh & Michael Cera: 12 Powerhouse Theater Performances of 2014|Janice Kaplan|December 31, 2014|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
It was a spring day, and the fat buds of the chestnuts were bursting into magnificent green plumes.Children's Ways|James Sully
I do not know what I think; all my thoughts seem whirling round as leaves do in brooks in the time of the spring rains.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
In the spring of 1868 he was taken by his mother for a visit to England, and there, in the same year, his sister was born.
The cat had been about to spring at Grandfather Mole again when Mr. Crow spoke to her.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
In the spring of 1877 Mrs. Kipling came to England to see her children, and was followed the next year by her husband.
British Dictionary definitions for spring
- 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