Meaningn 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: springtime]
2: a natural flow of ground water [syn: fountain, outflow,
outpouring, natural spring]
3: a metal elastic device that returns to its shape or position
when pushed or pulled or pressed; "the spring was broken"
4: a light springing movement upwards or forwards [syn: leap,
leaping, saltation, bound, bounce]
5: the elasticity of something that can be stretched and
returns to its original length [syn: give, springiness]
6: a point at which water issues forth
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]
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,
bound, rebound, recoil, reverberate, ricochet]
4: produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly; "He sprang a
new haircut on his wife"
5: develop suddenly; "The tire sprang a leak"
6: produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly; "He sprang
these news on me just as I was leaving"
[also: sprung, sprang]