spring1 [ sprıŋ ] noun ***
1. ) count or uncount the season of the year between winter and summer:
early/late spring
last/this/next spring
in (the) spring: In spring the garden is a feast of blossoms.
a ) only before noun happening in spring or relating to spring:
spring festivals/flowers/sunshine
2. ) count water that flows up from under the ground and forms a small stream or pool:
a natural spring water supply
3. ) count a long thin piece of metal in the shape of a COIL that quickly returns to its original shape after you stretch it and let it go:
Less expensive mattresses have springs that link together.
a ) uncount the ability of something to return to its original shape after it has been stretched out and let go
4. ) count a quick jump forward or up
a spring in someone's step
used for saying someone looks as if they are happy and full of energy:
He walked with a spring in his step, happy to have arrived.
spring 2 [ sprıŋ ] (past tense sprang [ spræŋ ] or sprung [ sprʌŋ ] ; past participle sprung) verb intransitive **
1. ) MAINLY LITERARY to jump or move in a particular direction, quickly, and with a lot of energy:
The young man turned to hit him, but Corbett sprang back.
spring to your feet (=stand up quickly): Roberts kept springing to his feet to shout at the referees.
a ) used for saying that something is done quickly and with energy or force:
spring into action/motion: Let's get going, my father cried, springing into action.
spring to someone's defense/aid/assistance: She was just trying to help! said Eric, springing to her defense.
b ) used about objects that open or move quickly and with a lot of energy:
The door sprang open, and Jeremy appeared.
2. ) to happen or appear somewhere suddenly or unexpectedly:
Tears sprang to his eyes as he thought of Helen.
As they drove further down the road, two old barns sprang into view.
spring into existence/being: A powerful underground movement sprang into existence, led by the Socialists.
spring a leak
if a container or a boat springs a leak, it cracks or breaks so that water or other liquid can get in or out
spring a surprise MAINLY BRITISH
to tell someone something in order to surprise them
spring to life
to begin to be active:
The team's sluggish attack sprang to life in the second half.
spring to mind
if a thought or something you are trying to remember springs to mind, it comes into your mind suddenly:
His name doesn't spring to mind immediately.
spring a trap
1. ) if an animal springs a TRAP, the trap closes on the animal so that it is caught
2. ) to trick someone, especially after planning how you will do it
`spring ,from phrasal verb transitive
spring from someone/something to come from a particular place, family, or situation:
Hugh's interest in languages sprang from his upbringing in Spain.
`spring for phrasal verb transitive AMERICAN INFORMAL
spring for something to pay for someone else's share of something:
I'll spring for dinner tonight.
`spring on phrasal verb transitive
spring something on someone to tell someone something that they do not expect:
They just sprang it on me at the office meeting.
,spring `up phrasal verb intransitive
to appear or be produced suddenly and quickly:
In southern California new Internet companies were springing up every day.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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