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English

Pronunciation

Etymology

Old English springan

Verb

Infinitive
to spring

Third person singular
springs

Simple past
sprang

Past participle
sprung

Present participle
springing

to spring (third-person singular simple present springs, present participle springing, simple past sprang, past participle sprung)
  1. To start to exist.
    Sometimes the ideas spring to life fully formed.
  2. To jump or leap.
    He sprang up from his seat.
  3. (slang) To release or set free, especially from prison.

Synonyms

  • (start to exist): be born, come into being, come into existence
  • (jump, leap): bound, jump, leap
  • (release or set free, especially from prison): free, let out, release, spring loose

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Noun

A coil spring (mechanical device)

Singular
spring

Plural
s

spring (s)
  1. (countable) Traditionally the first of the four seasons, in which plants spring from the ground and trees come into blossom; typically regarded as being from March 21 to June 20 in the Northern Hemisphere and from September 21 to December 20 in the Southern Hemisphere.
  2. (countable) Spring tide; a tide of greater-than-average range, that is, around the first or third quarter of a lunar month, or around the times of the new or full moon.
  3. (countable) A place where water emerges from the ground.
  4. (uncountable) The property of a body of springing to its original form after being compressed, stretched, etc.
  5. (countable) A mechanical device made of flexible or coiled material that exerts force when it is bent, compressed or stretched.
  6. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A rope attaching the bow of a vessel to the stern-side of the jetty, or vice versa, to stop the vessel from swaying.
  7. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) An erection of the penis.
  8. (countable) The source of an action
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973, § 9.
      ... discover, at least in some degree, the secret springs and principles, by which the human mind is actuated in its operations?

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Danish

Etymology

From springe

Noun

spring

  1. spring, jump, vault, leap

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Dutch

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈsprɪŋ/

Verb

spring

  1. first-person singular of springen

German

Verb

spring

  1. imperative singular of springen

Swedish

Verb

spring

  1. imperative of springa

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