[ spring-ing ]
/ ˈsprɪŋ ɪŋ /


the act or process of a person or thing that springs.
the mechanical springs or the type or arrangement of springs with which any of various devices are equipped, especially a vehicle.
Architecture. spring(def 43).

Origin of springing

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at spring, -ing1

Related forms

spring·ing·ly, adverbun·spring·ing, adjective

Definition for springing (2 of 3)

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

Related forms

Definition for springing (3 of 3)


[ sprinj ]
/ sprɪndʒ /


a snare for catching small game.

verb (used with object), springed, spring·ing.

to catch in a springe.

verb (used without object), springed, spring·ing.

to set a springe or springes.

Origin of springe

1200–50; Middle English, variant of sprenge a snare, literally, something that is made to spring, derivative of sprengen to make spring, Old English sprengan, causative of springan to spring
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British Dictionary definitions for springing (1 of 3)


/ (ˈsprɪŋɪŋ) /


the level where an arch or vault rises from a supportAlso called: spring, springing line, springing point

British Dictionary definitions for springing (2 of 3)


/ (sprɪndʒ) /


a snare set to catch small wild animals or birds and consisting of a loop attached to a bent twig or branch under tension


(intr) to set such a snare
(tr) to catch (small wild animals or birds) with such a snare

Word Origin for springe

C13: related to Old English springan to spring

British Dictionary definitions for springing (3 of 3)


/ (sprɪŋ) /

verb springs, springing, sprang, sprung or sprung


Derived Forms

springless, 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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Science definitions for springing


[ 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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