[syn: bounce, resile, take a hop, spring, bound, rebound, recoil, reverberate, ricochet]
4. develop suddenly;
- Example: "The tire sprang a leak"
5. produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly;
- Example: "He sprang these news on me just as I was leaving"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Spring \Spring\ (spr[i^]ng), v. i. [imp. Sprang (spr[a^]ng) or
Sprung (spr[u^]ng); 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.
spe`rchesqai 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.
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.
4. To fly back; as, a bow, when bent, springs back by its
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.
Do not blast my springing hopes. --Rowe.
O, spring to light; auspicious Babe, be born.
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.
8. To grow; to thrive; 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
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 To spring upon, to leap on; to rush on
with haste or violence; to assault.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Spring \Spring\ (spr[i^]ng), 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; as, to
spring a surprise on someone; to spring a joke.
She starts, and leaves her bed, and springs a light.
The friends to the cause sprang a new project.
3. To cause to explode; as, to spring a mine.
4. To crack or split; to bend or strain so as to weaken; as,
to spring a mast or a yard.
5. To cause to close suddenly, as the parts of a trap
operated by a spring; as, to spring a trap.
6. To bend by force, as something stiff or strong; to force
or put by bending, as a beam into its sockets, and
allowing it to straighten when in place; -- often with in,
out, etc.; as, to spring in a slat or a bar.
7. To pass over by leaping; as, to spring a fence.
8. To release (a person) from confinement, especially from a
To spring a butt (Naut.), to loosen the end of a plank in a
To spring a leak (Naut.), to begin to leak.
To spring an arch (Arch.), to build an arch; -- a common
term among masons; as, to spring an arch over a lintel.
To spring a rattle, to cause a rattle to sound. See
Watchman's rattle, under Watchman.
To spring the luff (Naut.), to ease the helm, and sail
nearer to the wind than before; -- said of a vessel.
To spring a mast or To spring a spar (Naut.), to strain
it so that it is unserviceable.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
2. A flying back; the resilience of a body recovering its
former state by its 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
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,
5. Any source of supply; especially, the source from which a
stream proceeds; an 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 right and honor streams." --Sir
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."
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; as, the spring of life. "The spring of the day."
--1 Sam. ix. 26.
O how this spring of love resembleth
The uncertain glory of an April day. --Shak.
(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,
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.
(a) (Bot.) Any plant of the genus Claytonia, delicate
herbs with somewhat fleshy leaves and pretty
blossoms, appearing in springtime.
(b) (Zool.) A small, elegant American butterfly (Erora
laeta) 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
Spring beetle (Zool.), 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 (Zool.), a caddice fly; -- so called because it
appears in the spring.
Spring grass (Bot.), vernal grass. See under Vernal.
Spring gun, a firearm discharged 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.
Spring lock, a lock that fastens with a spring.
Spring mattress, a spring bed.
Spring of an arch (Arch.) See Springing line of an arch,
Spring of pork, the lower part of a fore quarter, which is
divided from the neck, and has the leg and foot without
the shoulder. [Obs.] --Nares.
Sir, pray hand the spring of pork to me. --Gayton.
Spring pin (Locomotive Engines), an iron rod fitted between
the springs and the axle boxes, to sustain and regulate
the pressure on the axles.
Spring rye, a kind of rye sown in the spring; -- in
distinction from winter rye, sown in autumn.
Spring stay (Naut.), a preventer stay, to assist the
regular one. --R. H. Dana, Jr.
Spring tide, the tide which happens at, or soon after, the
new and the full moon, and which rises higher than common
tides. See Tide.
Spring wagon, a wagon in which springs are interposed
between the body and the axles to form elastic supports.
Spring wheat, any kind of wheat sown in the spring; -- in
distinction from winter wheat, which is sown in autumn.
[1913 Webster] Springald
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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: spring, springtime]
2: a metal elastic 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: spring, 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, spring, springiness]
6: a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards [syn:
leap, leaping, spring, saltation, 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, spring]
3: spring back; spring away from an impact; "The rubber ball
bounced"; "These particles do not resile but they unite after
they collide" [syn: bounce, resile, take a hop,
spring, bound, rebound, recoil, reverberate,
4: develop suddenly; "The tire sprang a leak"
5: produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly; "He sprang
these news on me just as I was leaving"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
459 Moby Thesaurus words for "spring":
Eastertide, Highland fling, Lastex, Maytime, accrue from,
adaptability, adolescence, aestival, air mattress, airiness,
ambition, anabasis, and jump, appear, arctic, arise, arrive,
ascension, ascent, aspiration, autumn, autumnal, backfire,
backlash, backlashing, balance spring, baleen, basis, baths,
battledore, be born, be contingent on, be due to, bedding,
bedspring, begin, beginning, bend, bevy, birth, blast, blitz,
blow to pieces, blow up, bolster, bolt, bomb, bombard, bonanza,
boomerang, boreal, bounce, bounce back, bounciness, bound,
bound back, broach, broad jump, brumal, buck, buckjump, buckle,
bud from, budtime, buoyance, buoyancy, burst forth, calling,
canicular, cannon, cannon off, canter, capriole, carom, casino,
cause, charm, chewing gum, chink, clamber, clear, cleave, climb,
climbing, cloud, club, clubhouse, come, come from, come into being,
come into existence, come out, come out of, come up, commence,
consideration, contort, contrecoup, cornucopia, covey, crack,
crevasse, crook, crumple, curvet, cushion, cut, cut open, dart,
demivolt, depend on, derive from, descend from, discharge, dispart,
distort, divaricate, divide, elastic, elasticity, elastomer,
elevation, emanate, emanate from, emancipate, emerge, emerge from,
ensue from, equinoctial, escalade, evolve, excitant, extensibility,
fissure, flexibility, flight, flock, flow, flow from, fly,
fly back, fly open, flying jump, follow from, font, fount,
fountain, fountainhead, fox-trot, gaggle, galliard, gallop,
gambling house, gathering place, gelandesprung, germinate from,
get, git, give, gnarl, goal, gold mine, grand jete, greenness,
ground, grow, grow from, grow out of, guiding light, guiding star,
gum, gum elastic, gush, gyring up, hairspring, handball,
handspring, hang on, hangout, hatch, haunt, have repercussions,
head, headspring, headstream, headwater, health resort, hibernal,
hiemal, high jump, hightail, hinge on, hippety-hop, hive, hop,
hop along, hotfoot, hurdle, ideal, impetus, incise, incitement,
increase, innerspring mattress, inspiration, intention, issue,
issue from, jet, jete, jig, jump, jump over, jump shot, jump turn,
jump-hop, jump-off, jumping jack, juvenility, kick, kick back,
kickback, knot, lash back, lavolta, lay open, leap, leap over,
leapfrog, levitation, liberate, litter, liveliness, lode, lodestar,
long jump, loom, loose, lop, lope, mainspring, make tracks,
manumit, mat, matter, mattress, meeting place, midsummer,
midwinter, mine, morris, motive, mount, mounting, murmuration,
negotiate, ope, open, open up, origin, originate, originate in,
out of season, overjump, overleap, overskip, pad, pallet, part,
pay for, pillow, pop, pounce, pounce on, pounce upon, primavera,
prime, principle, proceed, proceed from, puberty, pubescence,
purlieu, quarry, racket, rallying point, reason, rebound, rebuff,
recalcitrate, recalcitration, recoil, release, rent, repercuss,
repercussion, repulse, resile, resilience, resiliency, resort,
resource, responsiveness, ricochet, rift, rip, rise, rising, rive,
riverhead, rocketing up, root, rubber, rubber ball, rubber band,
rug, run, running broad jump, running high jump, sake, saltation,
saut de basque, score, screw, seasonal, seedtime, separate,
shock absorber, shoot up, shooting up, skein, ski jump, skip,
skitter, sleeping bag, slit, snap, snap back, soaring, solstitial,
source, source of supply, spa, spandex, split, spout, spread,
spread out, sprightliness, spring back, spring from, spring open,
springboard, springhead, springiness, springlike, springs,
springtide, springtime, sprint, sprout, sprout from, spurt,
stamping ground, staple, start, start aside, start up, startle,
steeplechase, stem, stem from, step, step along, step lively,
stimulant, stimulus, stretch, stretch fabric, stretchability,
stretchiness, summer, summerlike, summerly, summery, surge, swarm,
swing open, takeoff, taking off, tap, tear, tear open, throw open,
tone, tonicity, tonus, tour jete, trampoline, trip, trot, turn,
turn awry, turn on, twist, ulterior motive, unbind, unchain,
underbed, underbedding, unshackle, upclimb, upcoming, updive,
updraft, upgang, upgo, upgoing, upgrade, upgrowth, uphill, upleap,
uplift, upping, uprisal, uprise, uprising, uprush, upshoot,
upslope, upspring, upsurge, upsurgence, upsweep, upswing, vault,
vein, vernal, vocation, warp, watch, watering place, well,
wellhead, wellspring, whalebone, whence, winter, winterlike,
wintery, wintry, wrench, wrest, wring, writhe, yield, youthfulness,
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
String PRocessING language
["From SPRING to SUMMER: Design, Definition and Implementation
of Programming Languages for String Manipulation and Pattern
Matching", Paul Klint, Math Centre, Amsterdam 1982].
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
(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
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
SPRING. A fountain.
2. The owner of the soil has the exclusive right to use a spring
arising on his grounds. When another has an easement, or right to draw water
from such a spring, acquired by grant or prescription, if the spring fails
the easement ceases, but if it returns, the right revives.
3. The waters which flow from the spring give rise to a variety of
difficulties, the principal of which are, 1st. The owner of the inheritance
in which the spring arises turns their course. The owner of the inferior
estate, whose, meadow they fertilized, and who is deprived of them, claiming
the right to them. 2d. The owner of the spring does not prevent the water
from flowing on the inferior estate, but gives them a new direction
injurious to it. 3d. The owner of the superior inheritance disposes of the
water in such a way as to deprive the owner of the estate below him. The
rights of these different owners will be separately considered.
4.-1. The owner of land on which there is a natural spring, has a right
to use it for domestic and culinary purposes and for watering his cattle,
and he may make an aqueduct to another part of his land, and use all the
water required to keep the aqueduct in order, or to keep the water pure. 15
Conn. 366. He may also use it for irrigation, provided the volume be not
materially decreased. Ang. W. C. 34. Vide Irrigation; and 1 Root, 535; 2
Watts. 327; 2 Hill, S. C. 634; Coxe, 460; 2 Dev. & Bat. 50; 9 Conn. 291; 3
Pick. 269; 13 Mass. 420; 8 Mass. 136; 8 Greenl. 253.
5.-2. The owner of the spring cannot lawfully turn the current or give
it a new direction. He is bound to let it enter the inferior estate on the
same level it has been accustomed to, and at the same place; for every man
is entitled to a stream of water flowing through his land, without
diminution or alteration. 6 East, 206; 2 Conn. 584. Vide 3 Rawle, 84 12
Wend. 330; 10 Conn. 213; 14 Vern. 239.
6.-3. The owner of the superior inheritance, or of the land on which
there is a spring, has no right to deprive the owner of the estate below
him; 1 Yeates, 574; 5 Pick. 175; 3 Har. & John. 231; 12 Vern. 178; 13 Conn.
303; 3 Scam. 492; nor can be detain the water unreasonably. 17 John. 306; 2
B. C. 910. Vide Ham. N. P. 199; 1 Dall. 211; 3 Rawle's R. 256; Jus
Aquaeductus; Pool; Stagnum; Back Water; Irrigation, Mill; Rain Water; Water
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):
Spring, TX -- U.S. Census Designated Place in Texas
Population (2000): 36385
Housing Units (2000): 12714
Land area (2000): 23.936898 sq. miles (61.996278 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.028384 sq. miles (0.073515 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 23.965282 sq. miles (62.069793 sq. km)
FIPS code: 69596
Located within: Texas (TX), FIPS 48
Location: 30.054127 N, 95.386991 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 77373 77386 77388 77389
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.