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Definition for springs (2 of 2)
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
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Example sentences from the Web for springs
Perhaps my outrage at the men defending Cosby springs from my own feelings of guilt.
The function and structure of the watch only needs to be explained in terms of springs, gears, and wheels.The Science Community’s Fight Over an Artificial Brain|Elizabeth Picciuto|July 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In a Hot Springs, Arkansas, stud-poker game, a player named Burke became justly incensed one evening because he could not win.
That's because on Game of Thrones, conflict doesn't spring from competing moralities; it springs from competing desires.Game of Thrones’ ‘The Lion and the Rose’: Joffrey’s Demented, Shocking Royal Wedding|Andrew Romano|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We left the springs with a bagful of colorful rocks and one more story to tell.Big-Sky West Texas: A Road Trip Through Hidden America|Condé Nast Traveler|March 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Dolores springs from her seat to the door and looks through the opening into the next room.Zoe; Or, Some Day|May Leonard
At intervals, tempting cross-roads branched away to mountain springs.Bransford of Rainbow Range|Eugene Manlove Rhodes
But to leaue these impertinent discourses, and returne againe to the springs whereby our Pant or Gwin is increased.Chronicles (1 of 6): The Description of Britaine|Raphaell Holinshed
They are fond of salt, and repair in great numbers to the salines, or salt springs, that abound in all parts of America.The Hunters' Feast|Mayne Reid
And there springs Radicofani, the eagle's eyrie of a brigand brood.New Italian sketches|John Addington Symonds
British Dictionary definitions for springs (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for springs (2 of 2)
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