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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 ?
After a few moments there came out of the forest a maiden, gliding over the grass so lightly that her feet seemed scarcely to touch the ground, and stood beside the spring.
But that spring, as he told Bagheera, his stomach was changed in him.
He told her that he had been enchanted by a spiteful fairy, who had changed him into a frog; and that he had been fated so to abide till some princess should take him out of the spring, and let him eat from her plate, and sleep upon her bed for three nights.
he said; "now I know why the Spring would not come here.
Oh, the spring, I suppose," he thought as he turned round.
But he was exactly as fascinating as ever, and they had a lovely spring cleaning in the little house on the tree tops.
He now evinced displeasure at her repeated failures, and himself made a mighty spring upward.
On the evening of the 9th of November in 1878, at about nine o'clock, young Charles Ashmore left the family circle about the hearth, took a tin bucket and started toward the spring.
Down goes the red cross, and up springs Simon with the scarlet roses
As he goes through the house of Zeus, the gods tremble before him and all spring up from their seats when he draws near, as he bends his bright bow.
On a spring day like this," said Anne, "I know exactly what my soul will feel like on the resurrection morning.
It is a clear and deep green well, half a mile long and a mile and three quarters in circumference, and contains about sixty-one and a half acres; a perennial spring in the midst of pine and oak woods, without any visible inlet or outlet except by the clouds and evaporation.