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English noun: spring

1. spring (time) the season of growth


SamplesThe emerging buds were a sure sign of spring.
He will hold office until the spring of next year.


Synonymsspringtime


Broader (hypernym)season, time of year


Part holonymMarch equinox, spring equinox, vernal equinox

2. spring (artifact) a metal elastic device that returns to its shape or position when pushed or pulled or pressed


SamplesThe spring was broken.


Broader (hypernym)elastic device


Narrower (hyponym)bedspring, coil spring, leaf spring, mainspring, spiral spring, volute spring

3. spring (object) a natural flow of ground water


Synonymsfountain, natural spring, outflow, outpouring


Broader (hypernym)formation, geological formation


Narrower (hyponym)Fountain of Youth, geyser, hot spring, thermal spring

4. spring (location) a point at which water issues forth


Broader (hypernym)beginning, origin, root, rootage, source

5. spring (attribute) the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length


Synonymsgive, springiness


Broader (hypernym)elasticity, snap

6. spring (act) a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards


Synonymsbounce, bound, leap, leaping, saltation


Broader (hypernym)jump, jumping


Narrower (hyponym)caper, capriole, pounce


English verb: spring

1. spring (motion) move forward by leaps and bounds


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


Synonymsbound, jump, leap


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)move


Narrower (hyponym)bounce, bounce, bound, burst, caper, capriole, curvet, galumph, hop, hop, hop-skip, leapfrog, overleap, pronk, rebound, recoil, resile, reverberate, ricochet, saltate, ski jump, skip, spring, take a hop, vault, vault

2. spring (stative) develop into a distinctive entity


SamplesOur plans began to take shape.


Synonymsform, take form, take shape


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)become


Narrower (hyponym)regenerate

3. spring (motion) spring back; spring away from an impact


SamplesThe rubber ball bounced.
These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide.


Synonymsbounce, bound, rebound, recoil, resile, reverberate, ricochet, take a hop


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)bound, jump, leap, spring


Narrower (hyponym)bound off, carom, kick, kick back, recoil, skip

4. spring (body) develop suddenly


SamplesThe tire sprang a leak.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)acquire, develop, get, grow, produce

5. spring (communication) produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly


SamplesHe sprang these news on me just as I was leaving.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something on somebody


Broader (hypernym)break, bring out, disclose, discover, divulge, expose, give away, let on, let out, reveal, unwrap









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