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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.


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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