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  7  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Spring  \Spring\,  v.  i.  [imp.  {Sprang}or  {Sprung};  p.  p. 
  {Sprung};  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Springing}.]  [AS.  springan;  akin 
  to  D.  &  G.  springen,  OS  &  OHG.  springan,  Icel.  &  Sw 
  springa,  Dan.  springe;  cf  Gr  ?  to  hasten.  Cf  {Springe}, 
  {Sprinkle}.] 
  1.  To  leap;  to  bound;  to  jump. 
 
  The  mountain  stag  that  springs  From  height  to 
  height,  and  bounds  along  the  plains.  --Philips. 
 
  2.  To  issue  with  speed  and  violence;  to  move  with  activity; 
  to  dart;  to  shoot. 
 
  And  sudden  light  Sprung  through  the  vaulted  roof. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  3.  To  start  or  rise  suddenly,  as  from  a  covert. 
 
  Watchful  as  fowlers  when  their  game  will  spring. 
  --Otway. 
 
  4.  To  fly  back  as  a  bow,  when  bent,  springs  back  by  its 
  elastic  power. 
 
  5.  To  bend  from  a  straight  direction  or  plane  surface;  to 
  become  warped;  as  a  piece  of  timber,  or  a  plank, 
  sometimes  springs  in  seasoning. 
 
  6.  To  shoot  up  out  or  forth;  to  come  to  the  light;  to  begin 
  to  appear;  to  emerge;  as  a  plant  from  its  seed,  as  streams 
  from  their  source,  and  the  like  -often  followed  by  up 
  forth,  or  out 
 
  Till  well  nigh  the  day  began  to  spring.  --Chaucer. 
 
  To  satisfy  the  desolate  and  waste  ground,  and  to 
  cause  the  bud  of  the  tender  herb  to  spring  forth. 
  --Job  xxxviii 
  27. 
 
  Do  not  blast  my  springing  hopes.  --Rowe. 
 
  O,  spring  to  light;  auspicious  Babe,  be  born. 
  --Pope. 
 
  7.  To  issue  or  proceed,  as  from  a  parent  or  ancestor;  to 
  result,  as  from  a  cause  motive,  reason,  or  principle. 
 
  [They  found]  new  hope  to  spring  Out  of  despair,  joy, 
  but  with  fear  yet  linked.  --Milton. 
 
  8.  To  grow;  to  prosper. 
 
  What  makes  all  this  but  Jupiter  the  king,  At  whose 
  command  we  perish,  and  we  spring?  --Dryden. 
 
  {To  spring  at},  to  leap  toward;  to  attempt  to  reach  by  a 
  leap. 
 
  {To  spring  forth},  to  leap  out  to  rush  out 
 
  {To  spring  in},  to  rush  in  to  enter  with  a  leap  or  in  haste. 
 
 
  {To  spring  on}  or  {upon},  to  leap  on  to  rush  on  with  haste 
  or  violence;  to  assault. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Spring  \Spring\,  n.  [AS.  spring  a  fountain,  a  leap.  See 
  {Spring},  v.  i.] 
  1.  A  leap;  a  bound;  a  jump. 
 
  The  prisoner,  with  a  spring,  from  prison  broke. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  A  flying  back  the  resilience  of  a  body  recovering  its 
  former  state  by  elasticity;  as  the  spring  of  a  bow. 
 
  3.  Elastic  power  or  force. 
 
  Heavens!  what  a  spring  was  in  his  arm!  --Dryden. 
 
  4.  An  elastic  body  of  any  kind  as  steel,  India  rubber,  tough 
  wood,  or  compressed  air,  used  for  various  mechanical 
  purposes,  as  receiving  and  imparting  power,  diminishing 
  concussion,  regulating  motion,  measuring  weight  or  other 
  force. 
 
  Note:  The  principal  varieties  of  springs  used  in  mechanisms 
  are  the  spiral  spring  (Fig.  a),  the  coil  spring  (Fig. 
  b),  the  elliptic  spring  (Fig.  c),  the  half-elliptic 
  spring  (Fig.  d),  the  volute  spring,  the  India-rubber 
  spring,  the  atmospheric  spring,  etc 
 
  5.  Any  source  of  supply;  especially,  the  source  from  which  a 
  stream  proceeds;  as  issue  of  water  from  the  earth;  a 
  natural  fountain.  ``All  my  springs  are  in  thee.''  --Ps. 
  lxxxvii.  7.  ``A  secret  spring  of  spiritual  joy.'' 
  --Bentley.  ``The  sacred  spring  whence  and  honor  streams.'' 
  --Sir  J.  Davies. 
 
  6.  Any  active  power;  that  by  which  action  or  motion,  is 
  produced  or  propagated;  cause  origin;  motive. 
 
  Our  author  shuns  by  vulgar  springs  to  move  The 
  hero's  glory,  or  the  virgin's  love.  --Pope. 
 
  7.  That  which  springs,  or  is  originated,  from  a  source;  as: 
  a  A  race;  lineage.  [Obs.]  --Chapman. 
  b  A  youth;  a  springal.  [Obs.]  --Spenser. 
  c  A  shoot;  a  plant;  a  young  tree;  also  a  grove  of 
  trees;  woodland.  [Obs.]  --Spenser.  Milton. 
 
  8.  That  which  causes  one  to  spring;  specifically,  a  lively 
  tune.  [Obs.]  --Beau.  &  Fl 
 
  9.  The  season  of  the  year  when  plants  begin  to  vegetate  and 
  grow;  the  vernal  season,  usually  comprehending  the  months 
  of  March,  April,  and  May  in  the  middle  latitudes  north  of 
  the  equator.  ``The  green  lap  of  the  new-come  spring.'' 
  --Shak. 
 
  Note:  Spring  of  the  astronomical  year  begins  with  the  vernal 
  equinox,  about  March  21st,  and  ends  with  the  summer 
  solstice,  about  June  21st. 
 
  10.  The  time  of  growth  and  progress;  early  portion;  first 
  stage.  ``The  spring  of  the  day.''  --1  Sam.  ix  26. 
 
  O  how  this  spring  of  love  resembleth  The  uncertain 
  glory  of  an  April  day  --Shak. 
 
  11.  (Naut.) 
  a  A  crack  or  fissure  in  a  mast  or  yard,  running 
  obliquely  or  transversely. 
  b  A  line  led  from  a  vessel's  quarter  to  her  cable  so 
  that  by  tightening  or  slacking  it  she  can  be  made  to 
  lie  in  any  desired  position;  a  line  led  diagonally 
  from  the  bow  or  stern  of  a  vessel  to  some  point  upon 
  the  wharf  to  which  she  is  moored. 
 
  {Air  spring},  {Boiling  spring},  etc  See  under  {Air}, 
  {Boiling},  etc 
 
  {Spring  back}  (Bookbinding),  a  back  with  a  curved  piece  of 
  thin  sheet  iron  or  of  stiff  pasteboard  fastened  to  the 
  inside,  the  effect  of  which  is  to  make  the  leaves  of  a 
  book  thus  bound  (as  a  ledger  or  other  account  or  blank 
  book)  spring  up  and  lie  flat. 
 
  {Spring  balance},  a  contrivance  for  measuring  weight  or  force 
  by  the  elasticity  of  a  spiral  spring  of  steel. 
 
  {Spring  beam},  a  beam  that  supports  the  side  of  a  paddle  box. 
  See  {Paddle  beam},  under  {Paddle},  n. 
 
  {Spring  beauty}. 
  a  (Bot.)  Any  plant  of  the  genus  {Claytonia},  delicate 
  herbs  with  somewhat  fleshy  leaves  and  pretty 
  blossoms,  appearing  in  springtime. 
  b  (Zo["o]l.)  A  small  elegant  American  butterfly 
  ({Erora  l[ae]ta})  which  appears  in  spring.  The  hind 
  wings  of  the  male  are  brown,  bordered  with  deep  blue; 
  those  of  the  female  are  mostly  blue. 
 
  {Spring  bed},  a  mattress,  under  bed,  or  bed  bottom,  in  which 
  springs,  as  of  metal,  are  employed  to  give  the  required 
  elasticity. 
 
  {Spring  beetle}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  snapping  beetle;  an  elater. 
 
  {Spring  box},  the  box  or  barrel  in  a  watch,  or  other  piece  of 
  mechanism,  in  which  the  spring  is  contained. 
 
  {Spring  fly}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  caddice  fly;  --  so  called  because 
  it  appears  in  the  spring. 
 
  {Spring  grass}  (Bot.),  a  vernal  grass.  See  under  {Vernal}. 
 
  {Spring  gun},  a  firearm  disharged  by  a  spring,  when  this  is 
  trodden  upon  or  is  otherwise  moved 
 
  {Spring  hook}  (Locomotive  Engines),  one  of  the  hooks  which 
  fix  the  driving-wheel  spring  to  the  frame. 
 
  {Spring  latch},  a  latch  that  fastens  with  a  spring. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Spring  \Spring\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  cause  to  spring  up  to  start  or  rouse,  as  game;  to 
  cause  to  rise  from  the  earth,  or  from  a  covert;  as  to 
  spring  a  pheasant. 
 
  2.  To  produce  or  disclose  suddenly  or  unexpectedly. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  spring 
  adj  :  occurring  in  or  appropriate  to  the  season  of  spring;  "spring 
  rains";  "springtime  activities"  [syn:  {spring(a)},  {springtime(a)}] 
  n  1:  the  season  of  growth;  "the  emerging  buds  were  a  sure  sign  of 
  spring";  "he  will  hold  office  until  the  spring  of  next 
  year"  [syn:  {springtime}] 
  2:  a  metal  device  that  returns  to  its  shape  or  position  when 
  pushed  or  pulled  or  pressed;  "the  spring  was  broken" 
  3:  a  natural  flow  of  ground  water  [syn:  {fountain},  {outflow}, 
  {outpouring},  {natural  spring}] 
  4:  a  point  at  which  water  issues  forth 
  5:  the  elasticity  of  something  that  can  be  stretched  and 
  returns  to  its  original  length  [syn:  {give},  {springiness}] 
  6:  a  light  springing  movement  upwards  or  forwards  [syn:  {leap}, 
  {leaping},  {bound},  {bounce}] 
  v  1:  move  forward  by  leaps  and  bounds;  "The  horse  bounded  across 
  the  meadow";  "The  child  leapt  across  the  puddle";  "Can 
  you  jump  over  the  fence?"  [syn:  {jump},  {leap},  {bound}] 
  2:  develop  into  a  distinctive  entity;  "our  plans  began  to  take 
  shape"  [syn:  {form},  {take  form},  {take  shape}] 
  3:  spring  back  spring  away  from  an  impact;  "The  rubber  ball 
  bounced"  [syn:  {bounce},  {take  a  hop},  {bound},  {rebound}, 
  {recoil},  {ricochet}] 
  4:  produce  or  disclose  suddenly  or  unexpectedly;  "He  sprang  a 
  new  haircut  on  his  wife" 
  5:  develop  suddenly;  "The  tire  sprang  a  leak" 
  6:  produce  or  disclose  suddenly  or  unexpectedly;  "He  sprang 
  these  news  on  me  just  as  I  was  leaving" 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Spring,  TX  (CDP,  FIPS  69596) 
  Location:  30.06194  N,  95.38381  W 
  Population  (1990):  33111  (11469  housing  units) 
  Area:  61.8  sq  km  (land),  0.1  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  77373,  77386,  77388,  77389 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  SPRING 
 
  {String  PRocessING  language} 
 
 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Spring 
  (Heb.  'ain,  "the  bright  open  source,  the  eye  of  the  landscape"). 
  To  be  carefully  distinguished  from  well"  (q.v.).  Springs" 
  mentioned  in  Josh.  10:40  (Heb.  'ashdoth)  should  rather  be 
  declivities"  or  slopes"  (R.V.),  i.e.,  the  undulating  ground 
  lying  between  the  lowlands  (the  shephelah)  and  the  central  range 
  of  hills. 
 




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