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spring

[spring]
Etymology: AS, springan, to jump
1 a piece of resilient metal, such as a hardened coiled steel wire, that will return to its original shape after bending.
2 a resilient wire attached to a denture or other appliance.

spring

Vox populi
1. A source of natural water. See Natural spring.
2. A coiled metal wire used to provide tension to mechanical devices.
3. A season between winter and summer.

spring

[AS. springan, to jump]
1. The season of the year that comes after winter and before summer. Synonym: vernal
2. The quick movement of a body to its original position through its elasticity.

spring,

n a piece of metal having the physical characteristic that when bent it returns to its original shape.
spring, auxiliary,
n (finger spring), a short piece of wire, attached to an orthodontic appliance at one end, that serves as a lever to apply force to a tooth or teeth.
spring, coil,
n a spiral winding of fine wire attached to an orthodontic appliance.
spring, finger,
n See spring, auxiliary.
References in classic literature ?
But he had never before interfered with a spring fight.
He killed early that evening and ate but little, so as to be in good fettle for his spring running, and he ate alone because all the Jungle People were away singing or fighting.
The marsh was awake all round him, for in the spring the Bird People sleep very lightly, and companies of them were coming or going the night through.
Never have I run such a spring running--hot and cold together.
He wanted to finish his spring running, but the child insisted on sitting in his arms, and Messua would have it that his long, blue-black hair must he combed out.
Gray Brother cantered on a while without replying, and then he said,--between bound and bound as it were,--"Man-cub--Master of the Jungle--Son of Raksha, Lair- brother to me--though I forget for a little while in the spring, thy trail is my trail, thy lair is my lair, thy kill is my kill, and thy death-fight is my death-fight.
This makes a difference of level, at the outside, of six or seven feet; and yet the water shed by the surrounding hills is insignificant in amount, and this overflow must be referred to causes which affect the deep springs.
Then, suddenly, all our spring gladness and Maytime hopes were blighted as by a killing frost.
With the first breath of spring she was up and off, answering to the lure of the long road.
Tsuwu's hot spring pools are sourced from rare "weak alkaline sulfur springs.
The suit alleged Poland Spring's parent company Nestle bottles groundwater and claims it is spring water.
We have added some exciting new products to our range of stock springs, offering customers an even greater variety of springs to meet their specific needs" says Chris Petts, MD of Lee Spring UK.