A spring is an elastic object used to store mechanical energy. Springs are usually made out of spring steel. Small springs can be wound from pre-hardened stock, while larger ones are made from annealed steel and hardened after fabrication. Some non-ferrous metals are also used including phosphor bronze and titanium for parts requiring corrosion resistance and beryllium copper for springs carrying electrical current .

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  1. A leap; a bound; a jump.
  2. Traditionally the first of the four seasons of the year in temperate regions, in which plants spring from the ground and trees come into blossom, following winter and preceding summer.
    Spring is the time of the year most species reproduce.
    I spent my spring holidays in Morocco.
    You can visit me in the spring, when the weather is bearable.
  3. Meteorologically, the months of March, April and May in the northern hemisphere (or September, October and November in the southern).
  4. The astronomically delineated period from the moment of vernal equinox, approximately March 21 in the northern hemisphere to the moment of the summer solstice, approximately June 21. (See for other variations.)
  5. Spring tide; a tide of greater-than-average range, that is, around the first or third quarter of a lunar month, or around the times of the new or full moon.
  6. A place where water emerges from the ground.
    This water is bottled from the spring of the river.
  7. The property of a body of springing to its original form after being compressed, stretched, etc.
    the spring of a bow
  8. Elastic power or force.
  9. A mechanical device made of flexible or coiled material that exerts force when it is bent, compressed or stretched.
    We jumped so hard the bed springs broke.
  10. An erection of the penis.
  11. The source of an action or of a supply.
  12. Any active power; that by which action, or motion, is produced or propagated; cause; origin; motive.
  13. That which springs, or is originated, from a source.
    1. A race; lineage.
    2. A youth; a springald.
    3. A shoot; a plant; a young tree; also, a grove of trees; woodland.
  14. That which causes one to spring; specifically, a lively tune.
  15. The time of growth and progress; early portion; first stage.
  16. A rope attaching the bow of a vessel to the stern-side of the jetty, or vice versa, to stop the vessel from surging.
    You should put a couple of springs onto the jetty to stop the boat moving so much.
  17. A line led from a vessel's quarter to her cable so that by tightening or slacking it she can be made to lie in any desired position; a line led diagonally from the bow or stern of a vessel to some point upon the wharf to which she is moored.
  18. A crack or fissure in a mast or yard, running obliquely or transversely.


  1. To jump or leap.
  2. To pass over by leaping.
    to spring a fence
  3. To produce or disclose unexpectedly, especially of surprises, traps, etc.
  4. To release or set free, especially from prison.
  5. To come into being, often quickly or sharply.
  6. To start or rise suddenly, as from a covert.
  7. To cause to spring up; to start or rouse, as game; to cause to rise from the earth, or from a covert.
    to spring a pheasant
  8. To crack or split; to bend or strain so as to weaken.
    to spring a mast or a yard
  9. To bend by force, as something stiff or strong; to force or put by bending, as a beam into its sockets, and allowing it to straighten when in place; often with in, out, etc.
    to spring in a slat or a bar
  10. To issue with speed and violence; to move with activity; to dart; to shoot.
  11. To fly back.
    A bow, when bent, springs back by its elastic power.
  12. To bend from a straight direction or plane surface; to become warped.
    A piece of timber, or a plank, sometimes springs in seasoning.
  13. To shoot up, out, or forth; to come to the light; to begin to appear; to emerge, like a plant from its seed, a stream from its source, etc.; often followed by up, forth, or out.
  14. To issue or proceed, as from a parent or ancestor; to result, as from a cause, motive, reason, or principle.
  15. To grow; to prosper.

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