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Definition 1: a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for spring in the sense of this definition

(spring is a kind of ...) the act of jumping; propelling yourself off the ground

"he advanced in a series of jumps" "the jumping was unexpected"

(... is a kind of spring ) a playful leap or hop

(... is a kind of spring ) the act of pouncing

Definition 2: a metal elastic device that returns to its shape or position when pushed or pulled or pressed - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where spring or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the spring was broken

(spring is a kind of ...) any flexible device that will return to its original shape when stretched

(... is a kind of spring ) (usually in the plural) one of the springs holding up the mattress of a bed

(... is a kind of spring ) a spring in the shape of a coil

(... is a kind of spring ) long narrow spring consisting of several layers of metal springs bracketed together

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

(... is a kind of spring ) a spring that is wound like a spiral

Definition 3: the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for spring in the sense of this definition

(spring is a kind of ...) the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed

"the waistband had lost its snap"

Definition 4: a point at which water issues forth - [noun denoting location]

(spring is a kind of ...) the place where something begins, where it springs into being

"the Italian beginning of the Renaissance" "Jupiter was the origin of the radiation" "Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River" "communism's Russian root"

Definition 5: a natural flow of ground water - [noun denoting object]

Synonyms for spring in the sense of this definition

(spring is a kind of ...) (geology) the geological features of the earth

(... is a kind of spring ) a fountain described in folk tales as able to make people young again

"Ponce de Leon discovered Florida while searching for the Fountain of Youth"

(... is a kind of spring ) a spring that discharges hot water and steam

(... is a kind of spring ) a natural spring of water at a temperature of 70 F or above

Definition 6: the season of growth - [noun denoting time]

Samples where spring or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for spring in the sense of this definition

(spring is a kind of ...) one of the natural periods into which the year is divided by the equinoxes and solstices or atmospheric conditions

"the regular sequence of the seasons"

(spring is a part of ...) March 21

Definition 7: develop suddenly - [verb of body]

Samples where spring or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The tire sprang a leak

(spring is a kind of ...) come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)

"He grew a beard" "The patient developed abdominal pains" "I got funny spots all over my body" "Well-developed breasts"

Definition 8: produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly - [verb of communication]

Samples where spring or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He sprang these news on me just as I was leaving

(spring is a kind of ...) make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret

"The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold" "The actress won't reveal how old she is" "bring out the truth" "he broke the news to her" "unwrap the evidence in the murder case" "The newspaper uncovered the President's illegal dealings"

Definition 9: spring back; spring away from an impact - [verb of motion]

Samples where spring or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for spring in the sense of this definition

(spring is a kind of ...) move forward by leaps and bounds

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

(... is a kind of spring ) spring back, as from a forceful thrust

"The gun kicked back into my shoulder"

(... is a kind of spring ) bound off one point after another

(... is a kind of spring ) rebound after hitting

"The car caromed off several lampposts"

Definition 10: move forward by leaps and bounds - [verb of motion]

Samples where spring or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for spring in the sense of this definition

(spring is a kind of ...) move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

"He moved his hand slightly to the right"

(... is a kind of spring ) jump about playfully

(... is a kind of spring ) jump lightly

(... is a kind of spring ) perform a leap where both hind legs come off the ground, of a horse

(... is a kind of spring ) jump across or leap over (an obstacle)

(... is a kind of spring ) jump across

"He leapfrogged his classmates"

(... is a kind of spring ) bound vigorously

(... is a kind of spring ) leap or skip, often in dancing

"These fish swim with a saltating motion"

(... is a kind of spring ) jump on skis

(... is a kind of spring ) move around heavily and clumsily

"the giant tortoises galumphed around in their pen"

(... is a kind of spring ) perform a capriole, of horses in dressage

(... is a kind of spring ) leap suddenly

"He bounced to his feet"

(... is a kind of spring ) move suddenly, energetically, or violently

"He burst out of the house into the cool night"

(... is a kind of spring ) spring back; spring away from an impact

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

(... is a kind of spring ) jump straight up

"kangaroos pronk"

(... is a kind of spring ) make a jump forward or upward

Definition 11: develop into a distinctive entity - [verb of stative]

Samples where spring or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • our plans began to take shape

Synonyms for spring in the sense of this definition

(spring is a kind of ...) come into existence

"What becomes has duration"

(... is a kind of spring ) be formed or shaped anew

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