spring ( springs plural & 3rd person present) ( springing present participle) ( sprang past tense) ( sprung past participle )
1 n-var Spring is the season between winter and summer when the weather becomes warmer and plants start to grow again.
We met again in the spring of 1977.
2 n-count A spring is a spiral of wire which returns to its original shape after it is pressed or pulled.
Both springs in the fuel pump were broken.
3 n-count A spring is a place where water comes up through the ground. It is also the water that comes from that place.
To the north are the hot springs of Banyas de Sant Loan.
4 verb When a person or animal springs, they jump upwards or forwards suddenly or quickly.
He sprang to his feet, grabbing his keys off the coffee table... V prep
Throwing back the sheet, he sprang from the bed... V prep
The lion roared once and sprang. V
5 verb If something springs in a particular direction, it moves suddenly and quickly.
Sadly when the lid of the boot sprang open, it was empty. V adj
6 verb If one thing springs from another thing, it is the result of it.
Ethiopia's art springs from her early Christian as well as her Muslim heritage... V from n
7 verb If a boat or container springs a leak, water or some other liquid starts coming in or out through a crack.
The yacht has sprung a leak in the hull. V n
8 verb If you spring some news or a surprise on someone, you tell them something that they did not expect to hear, without warning them.
Mclaren sprang a new idea on him. V n on n
to spring to mind →
mind spring up phrasal verb If something springs up, it suddenly appears or begins to exist. New theatres and arts centres sprang up all over the country. V P
spring chicken ( spring chickens plural ) If you say that someone is no spring chicken, you are saying that they are not young.
spring chicken phrase usu v-link PHR
At 85, he is no spring chicken, but Henry Cook is busier than ever.
spring-clean ( spring-cleans 3rd person present) ( spring-cleaning present participle) ( spring-cleaned past tense & past participle ) When you spring-clean a house, you thoroughly clean everything in it. verb
It's almost as easy these days to give your rooms a new coat of paint as it is to spring-clean them. V n
spring onion ( spring onions plural ) Spring onions are small onions with long green leaves. They are often eaten raw in salads.
(BRIT) n-var usu pl
in AM, use scallion
spring roll ( spring rolls plural ) A spring roll is a Chinese food consisting of a small roll of thin pastry filled with vegetables and sometimes meat, and then fried. n-count
spring tide ( spring tides plural ) A spring tide is an unusually high tide that happens at the time of a new moon or a full moon. n-count