Nearby words

  1. spriggy,
  2. spright,
  3. sprightful,
  4. sprightly,
  5. sprigtail,
  6. spring balance,
  7. spring beauty,
  8. spring binder,
  9. spring break,
  10. spring cankerworm

Origin of spring

before 900; (v.) Middle English springen, Old English springan; cognate with Dutch, German springen, Old Norse springa; (noun) Middle English spring(e), Old English spring, spryng issue of a stream; compare Middle Low German, Old High German, Danish, Swedish spring

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British Dictionary definitions for spring for

spring

/ (sprɪŋ) /

verb springs, springing, sprang, sprung or sprung

noun

Derived Formsspringless, adjectivespringlike, adjective

Word Origin for spring

Old English springan; related to Old Norse springa, Old High German springan, Sanskrit sprhayati he desires, Old Slavonic pragu grasshopper

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Word Origin and History for spring for
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Science definitions for spring for

spring

[ sprĭng ]

A device, such as a coil of wire, that returns to its original shape after being compressed or stretched. Because of their ability to return to their original shape, springs are used to store energy, as in mechanical clocks, and to absorb or lessen energy, as in the suspension system of vehicles.
A small stream of water flowing naturally from the Earth.
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Idioms and Phrases with spring for

spring for

Pay another's expenses, treat, as in I'll spring for the dinner this time. [Slang; c. 1900]

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