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spring
  • noun
    The season after winter and before summer, in which vegetation begins to appear, in the northern hemisphere from March to May and in the southern hemisphere from September to November. (in spring the garden is a feast of blossom)
    An elastic device, typically a helical metal coil, that can be pressed or pulled but returns to its former shape when released, used chiefly to exert constant tension or absorb movement.
    A sudden jump upwards or forwards. (with a sudden spring, he leapt on to the table)
    A place where water or oil wells up from an underground source, or the basin or flow formed in such a way. (the well is fed by mountain springs)
    An upward curvature of a ship's deck planking from the horizontal.
    A hawser laid out diagonally aft from a ship's bow or forward from a ship's stern and secured to a fixed point in order to prevent movement or assist manoeuvring.
    A flock of teal. (a spring of teal follows and we listen as they pass)
    verb
    Move or jump suddenly or rapidly upwards or forwards. (I sprang out of bed)
    Originate or arise from. (madness and creativity could spring from the same source)
    Cushion or fit (a vehicle or item of furniture) with springs. (a fully sprung bed)
    (especially of wood) become warped or split.
    Pay for. (don't spring for the album until you've heard it)
    Come upon (an illicit activity or its perpetrator) (our science teacher sprung me acting the goat)

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