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SPRING (sprang, sprung)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does spring mean? 

SPRING (noun)
  The noun SPRING has 6 senses:

1. the season of growth
2. a natural flow of ground water
3. a metal elastic device that returns to its shape or position when pushed or pulled or pressed
4. a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards
5. the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length
6. a point at which water issues forth

  Familiarity information: SPRING used as a noun is common.


SPRING (verb)
  The verb SPRING has 5 senses:

1. move forward by leaps and bounds
2. develop into a distinctive entity
3. spring back; spring away from an impact
4. develop suddenly
5. produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly

  Familiarity information: SPRING used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


SPRING (noun)


Sense 1spring [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The season of growth

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Synonyms:

spring; springtime

Context examples:

the emerging buds were a sure sign of spring / he will hold office until the spring of next year

Hypernyms ("spring" is a kind of...):

season; time of year (one of the natural periods into which the year is divided by the equinoxes and solstices or atmospheric conditions)

Meronyms (parts of "spring"):

March equinox; spring equinox; vernal equinox (March 21)


Sense 2spring [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A natural flow of ground water

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

natural spring; outpouring; fountain; spring; outflow

Hypernyms ("spring" is a kind of...):

formation; geological formation ((geology) the geological features of the earth)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "spring"):

Fountain of Youth (a fountain described in folk tales as able to make people young again)

geyser (a spring that discharges hot water and steam)

hot spring; thermal spring (a natural spring of water at a temperature of 70 F or above)


Sense 3spring [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A metal elastic device that returns to its shape or position when pushed or pulled or pressed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context example:

the spring was broken

Hypernyms ("spring" is a kind of...):

elastic device (any flexible device that will return to its original shape when stretched)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "spring"):

spiral spring (a spring that is wound like a spiral)

mainspring (the most important spring in a mechanical device (especially a clock or watch); as it uncoils it drives the mechanism)

leaf spring (long narrow spring consisting of several layers of metal springs bracketed together)

coil spring; volute spring (a spring in the shape of a coil)

bedspring ((usually plural) one of the springs holding up the mattress of a bed)


Sense 4spring [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

leap; leaping; bounce; bound; spring; saltation

Hypernyms ("spring" is a kind of...):

jump; jumping (the act of jumping; propelling yourself off the ground)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "spring"):

caper; capriole (a playful leap or hop)

pounce (the act of pouncing)


Sense 5spring [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

springiness; give; spring

Hypernyms ("spring" is a kind of...):

elasticity; snap (the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed)


Sense 6spring [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A point at which water issues forth

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Hypernyms ("spring" is a kind of...):

beginning; origin; root; rootage; source (the place where something begins, where it springs into being)


SPRING (verb)


Sense 1spring [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move forward by leaps and bounds

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

spring; leap; jump; bound

Context examples:

The horse bounded across the meadow / The child leapt across the puddle / Can you jump over the fence?

Hypernyms (to "spring" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "spring"):

hop (make a jump forward or upward)

caper (jump about playfully)

hop; hop-skip; skip (jump lightly)

curvet (perform a leap where both hind legs come off the ground, of a horse)

overleap; vault (jump across or leap over (an obstacle))

leapfrog (jump across)

vault (bound vigorously)

saltate (leap or skip, often in dancing)

ski jump (jump on skis)

galumph (move around heavily and clumsily)

capriole (perform a capriole, of horses in dressage)

bounce (leap suddenly)

burst (move suddenly, energetically, or violently)

bounce; bound; rebound; recoil; resile; reverberate; ricochet; spring; take a hop (spring back; spring away from an impact)

pronk (jump straight up)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 2spring [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Develop into a distinctive entity

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

take form; take shape; spring; form

Context example:

our plans began to take shape

Hypernyms (to "spring" is one way to...):

become (come into existence)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "spring"):

regenerate (be formed or shaped anew)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3spring [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Spring back; spring away from an impact

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

take a hop; ricochet; rebound; bounce; resile; recoil; spring; bound; reverberate

Context examples:

The rubber ball bounced / These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide

Hypernyms (to "spring" is one way to...):

bound; jump; leap; spring (move forward by leaps and bounds)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "spring"):

carom; glance (rebound after hitting)

bound off; skip (bound off one point after another)

kick; kick back; recoil (spring back, as from a forceful thrust)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


Sense 4spring [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Develop suddenly

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Context example:

The tire sprang a leak

Hypernyms (to "spring" is one way to...):

acquire; develop; get; grow; produce (come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes))

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 5spring [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

He sprang these news on me just as I was leaving

Hypernyms (to "spring" is one way to...):

break; bring out; disclose; discover; divulge; expose; give away; impart; let on; let out; reveal; unwrap (make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something on somebody


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