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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.
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The orchestra's ensembles take turns providing springlike music, with pieces by Previn, Dvorak, Britten and Ravel on the bill.
After the wire is completely wound, slide it off the dowel to create a springlike coil.
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The three parts share a basic structure replete with music, which is alternately springlike, signaling birth and rebirth, and elegiac, betokening change, transition, and decline.
Most major cities are located at elevations of five to seven thousand feet and enjoy springlike temperatures year-round.
When that tray is pushed upward, springlike arms that are rectangular plate-like structures hold the tray in place.
With a chapter devoted to pasta, risotto, and gnocchi, we liked the pasta primavera, which gets springlike color from fresh vegetables tossed in a light, creamy sauce.