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.
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Example sentences from the Web for springlike
The waters and shores of Grenville have a clear, washed green, which is springlike.Alaska|Ella Higginson
Without, the snow-covered roofs stood out clearly against a soft blue sky, limpid and springlike.His Excellency the Minister|Jules Claretie
It was an exceptionally beautiful day for the time of year, soft, balmy, and springlike.Uncle Rutherford's Nieces|Joanna H. Mathews
March was in a deceptive, springlike mood, smiling and sunny by day, with the merest touch of snappiness by night.Marjorie Dean|Pauline Lester
Why will she train that wintry curl in such a springlike way?The Ways of Men|Eliot Gregory
British Dictionary definitions for springlike
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