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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 public hot springs are separated into a female and a male bathing area.
The company says previously when customers required high spring rates, springs that are stiffer and harder to compress, they could only have been found in the largest stock compression spring sizes or in custom spring designs.
When talking about designing springs, Joe Altstatt of Western Spring Manufacturing in Minnesota, a family-owned spring manufacturer, tells it straight: "You've got travel and load.
The springs most commonly seen in firearms are one of three types--the flat, the compression (coil), and the torsion (mousetrap) spring.
As long as you don't crack the spring or punch a hole in it and it lets you install the barrel, the spring is usable.
Yet it happens every spring, and somehow unexpectedly.
Palm Springs and its sister cities, Cathedral City, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, and Rancho Mirage, lie within the Coachella Valley, bordered by the Mojave Desert and fortressed by the imposing San Jacinto Mountains.
Some springs also work harden, making them more susceptible to breakage as they bounce along through their lives.
A traditional pogo stick's jumping power comes from a steel spring inside its body.
All of the heat-removal methods did well, while the only material-displacement technique that did much better than the standard pin was the spring-loaded boss pins, though the spring preload level significantly affected performance (see graph).
A new undersea survey has turned up springs that could act as stepping stones between the two oceans.
In curve C, for the Voigt element, the spring and dashpot being connected in parallel are both forced to move at a constant strain rate.