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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spring \Spring\ (spr[i^]ng), v. i. [imp. Sprang (spr[a^]ng) or
     Sprung (spr[u^]ng); p. p. Sprung; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Springing.] [AS. springan; akin to D. & G. springen, OS. &
     OHG. springan, Icel. & Sw. springa, Dan. springe; cf. Gr.
     spe`rchesqai to hasten. Cf. Springe, Sprinkle.]
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     1. To leap; to bound; to jump.
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              The mountain stag that springs
              From height to height, and bounds along the plains.
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     2. To issue with speed and violence; to move with activity;
        to dart; to shoot.
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              And sudden light
              Sprung through the vaulted roof.      --Dryden.
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     3. To start or rise suddenly, as from a covert.
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              Watchful as fowlers when their game will spring.
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     4. To fly back; as, a bow, when bent, springs back by its
        elastic power.
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     5. To bend from a straight direction or plane surface; to
        become warped; as, a piece of timber, or a plank,
        sometimes springs in seasoning.
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     6. To shoot up, out, or forth; to come to the light; to begin
        to appear; to emerge; as a plant from its seed, as streams
        from their source, and the like; -- often followed by up,
        forth, or out.
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              Till well nigh the day began to spring. --Chaucer.
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              To satisfy the desolate and waste ground, and to
              cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth.
                                                    --Job xxxviii.
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              Do not blast my springing hopes.      --Rowe.
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              O, spring to light; auspicious Babe, be born.
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     7. To issue or proceed, as from a parent or ancestor; to
        result, as from a cause, motive, reason, or principle.
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              [They found] new hope to spring
              Out of despair, joy, but with fear yet linked.
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     8. To grow; to thrive; to prosper.
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              What makes all this, but Jupiter the king,
              At whose command we perish, and we spring? --Dryden.
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     To spring at, to leap toward; to attempt to reach by a
     To spring forth, to leap out; to rush out.
     To spring in, to rush in; to enter with a leap or in haste.
     To spring on or To spring upon, to leap on; to rush on
        with haste or violence; to assault.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spring \Spring\ (spr[i^]ng), v. t.
     1. To cause to spring up; to start or rouse, as game; to
        cause to rise from the earth, or from a covert; as, to
        spring a pheasant.
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     2. To produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly; as, to
        spring a surprise on someone; to spring a joke.
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              She starts, and leaves her bed, and springs a light.
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              The friends to the cause sprang a new project.
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     3. To cause to explode; as, to spring a mine.
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     4. To crack or split; to bend or strain so as to weaken; as,
        to spring a mast or a yard.
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     5. To cause to close suddenly, as the parts of a trap
        operated by a spring; as, to spring a trap.
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     6. To bend by force, as something stiff or strong; to force
        or put by bending, as a beam into its sockets, and
        allowing it to straighten when in place; -- often with in,
        out, etc.; as, to spring in a slat or a bar.
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     7. To pass over by leaping; as, to spring a fence.
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     8. To release (a person) from confinement, especially from a
        prison. [colloquial]
     To spring a butt (Naut.), to loosen the end of a plank in a
        ship's bottom.
     To spring a leak (Naut.), to begin to leak.
     To spring an arch (Arch.), to build an arch; -- a common
        term among masons; as, to spring an arch over a lintel.
     To spring a rattle, to cause a rattle to sound. See
        Watchman's rattle, under Watchman.
     To spring the luff (Naut.), to ease the helm, and sail
        nearer to the wind than before; -- said of a vessel.
        --Mar. Dict.
     To spring a mast or To spring a spar (Naut.), to strain
        it so that it is unserviceable.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spring \Spring\, n. [AS. spring a fountain, a leap. See
     Spring, v. i.]
     1. A leap; a bound; a jump.
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              The prisoner, with a spring, from prison broke.
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     2. A flying back; the resilience of a body recovering its
        former state by its elasticity; as, the spring of a bow.
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     3. Elastic power or force.
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              Heavens! what a spring was in his arm! --Dryden.
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     4. An elastic body of any kind, as steel, India rubber, tough
        wood, or compressed air, used for various mechanical
        purposes, as receiving and imparting power, diminishing
        concussion, regulating motion, measuring weight or other
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     Note: The principal varieties of springs used in mechanisms
           are the spiral spring (Fig. a), the coil spring
           (Fig. b), the elliptic spring (Fig. c), the
           half-elliptic spring (Fig. d), the volute spring,
           the India-rubber spring, the atmospheric spring,
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     5. Any source of supply; especially, the source from which a
        stream proceeds; an issue of water from the earth; a
        natural fountain. "All my springs are in thee." --Ps.
        lxxxvii. 7. "A secret spring of spiritual joy." --Bentley.
        "The sacred spring whence right and honor streams." --Sir
        J. Davies.
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     6. Any active power; that by which action, or motion, is
        produced or propagated; cause; origin; motive.
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              Our author shuns by vulgar springs to move
              The hero's glory, or the virgin's love. --Pope.
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     7. That which springs, or is originated, from a source; as:
        (a) A race; lineage. [Obs.] --Chapman.
        (b) A youth; a springal. [Obs.] --Spenser.
        (c) A shoot; a plant; a young tree; also, a grove of
            trees; woodland. [Obs.] --Spenser. Milton.
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     8. That which causes one to spring; specifically, a lively
        tune. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl.
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     9. The season of the year when plants begin to vegetate and
        grow; the vernal season, usually comprehending the months
        of March, April, and May, in the middle latitudes north of
        the equator. "The green lap of the new-come spring."
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     Note: Spring of the astronomical year begins with the vernal
           equinox, about March 21st, and ends with the summer
           solstice, about June 21st.
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     10. The time of growth and progress; early portion; first
         stage; as, the spring of life. "The spring of the day."
         --1 Sam. ix. 26.
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               O how this spring of love resembleth
               The uncertain glory of an April day. --Shak.
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     11. (Naut.)
         (a) A crack or fissure in a mast or yard, running
             obliquely or transversely.
         (b) A line led from a vessel's quarter to her cable so
             that by tightening or slacking it she can be made to
             lie in any desired position; a line led diagonally
             from the bow or stern of a vessel to some point upon
             the wharf to which she is moored.
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     Air spring, Boiling spring, etc. See under Air,
        Boiling, etc.
     Spring back (Bookbinding), a back with a curved piece of
        thin sheet iron or of stiff pasteboard fastened to the
        inside, the effect of which is to make the leaves of a
        book thus bound (as a ledger or other account or blank
        book) spring up and lie flat.
     Spring balance, a contrivance for measuring weight or force
        by the elasticity of a spiral spring of steel.
     Spring beam, a beam that supports the side of a paddle box.
        See Paddle beam, under Paddle, n.
     Spring beauty.
         (a) (Bot.) Any plant of the genus Claytonia, delicate
             herbs with somewhat fleshy leaves and pretty
             blossoms, appearing in springtime.
         (b) (Zool.) A small, elegant American butterfly ({Erora
             laeta) which appears in spring. The hind wings of
             the male are brown, bordered with deep blue; those of
             the female are mostly blue.
     Spring bed, a mattress, under bed, or bed bottom, in which
        springs, as of metal, are employed to give the required
     Spring beetle (Zool.), a snapping beetle; an elater.
     Spring box, the box or barrel in a watch, or other piece of
        mechanism, in which the spring is contained.
     Spring fly (Zool.), a caddice fly; -- so called because it
        appears in the spring.
     Spring grass (Bot.), vernal grass. See under Vernal.
     Spring gun, a firearm discharged by a spring, when this is
        trodden upon or is otherwise moved.
     Spring hook (Locomotive Engines), one of the hooks which
        fix the driving-wheel spring to the frame.
     Spring latch, a latch that fastens with a spring.
     Spring lock, a lock that fastens with a spring.
     Spring mattress, a spring bed.
     Spring of an arch (Arch.) See Springing line of an arch,
        under Springing.
     Spring of pork, the lower part of a fore quarter, which is
        divided from the neck, and has the leg and foot without
        the shoulder. [Obs.] --Nares.
              Sir, pray hand the spring of pork to me. --Gayton.
     Spring pin (Locomotive Engines), an iron rod fitted between
        the springs and the axle boxes, to sustain and regulate
        the pressure on the axles.
     Spring rye, a kind of rye sown in the spring; -- in
        distinction from winter rye, sown in autumn.
     Spring stay (Naut.), a preventer stay, to assist the
        regular one. --R. H. Dana, Jr.
     Spring tide, the tide which happens at, or soon after, the
        new and the full moon, and which rises higher than common
        tides. See Tide.
     Spring wagon, a wagon in which springs are interposed
        between the body and the axles to form elastic supports.
     Spring wheat, any kind of wheat sown in the spring; -- in
        distinction from winter wheat, which is sown in autumn.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the season of growth; "the emerging buds were a sure sign
           of spring"; "he will hold office until the spring of next
           year" [syn: spring, springtime]
      2: a metal elastic device that returns to its shape or position
         when pushed or pulled or pressed; "the spring was broken"
      3: a natural flow of ground water [syn: spring, fountain,
         outflow, outpouring, natural spring]
      4: a point at which water issues forth
      5: the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns
         to its original length [syn: give, spring, springiness]
      6: a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards [syn:
         leap, leaping, spring, saltation, bound, bounce]
      v 1: move forward by leaps and bounds; "The horse bounded across
           the meadow"; "The child leapt across the puddle"; "Can you
           jump over the fence?" [syn: jump, leap, bound,
      2: develop into a distinctive entity; "our plans began to take
         shape" [syn: form, take form, take shape, spring]
      3: spring back; spring away from an impact; "The rubber ball
         bounced"; "These particles do not resile but they unite after
         they collide" [syn: bounce, resile, take a hop,
         spring, bound, rebound, recoil, reverberate,
      4: develop suddenly; "The tire sprang a leak"
      5: produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly; "He sprang
         these news on me just as I was leaving"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  459 Moby Thesaurus words for "spring":
     Eastertide, Highland fling, Lastex, Maytime, accrue from,
     adaptability, adolescence, aestival, air mattress, airiness,
     ambition, anabasis, and jump, appear, arctic, arise, arrive,
     ascension, ascent, aspiration, autumn, autumnal, backfire,
     backlash, backlashing, balance spring, baleen, basis, baths,
     battledore, be born, be contingent on, be due to, bedding,
     bedspring, begin, beginning, bend, bevy, birth, blast, blitz,
     blow to pieces, blow up, bolster, bolt, bomb, bombard, bonanza,
     boomerang, boreal, bounce, bounce back, bounciness, bound,
     bound back, broach, broad jump, brumal, buck, buckjump, buckle,
     bud from, budtime, buoyance, buoyancy, burst forth, calling,
     canicular, cannon, cannon off, canter, capriole, carom, casino,
     cause, charm, chewing gum, chink, clamber, clear, cleave, climb,
     climbing, cloud, club, clubhouse, come, come from, come into being,
     come into existence, come out, come out of, come up, commence,
     consideration, contort, contrecoup, cornucopia, covey, crack,
     crevasse, crook, crumple, curvet, cushion, cut, cut open, dart,
     demivolt, depend on, derive from, descend from, discharge, dispart,
     distort, divaricate, divide, elastic, elasticity, elastomer,
     elevation, emanate, emanate from, emancipate, emerge, emerge from,
     ensue from, equinoctial, escalade, evolve, excitant, extensibility,
     fissure, flexibility, flight, flock, flow, flow from, fly,
     fly back, fly open, flying jump, follow from, font, fount,
     fountain, fountainhead, fox-trot, gaggle, galliard, gallop,
     gambling house, gathering place, gelandesprung, germinate from,
     get, git, give, gnarl, goal, gold mine, grand jete, greenness,
     ground, grow, grow from, grow out of, guiding light, guiding star,
     gum, gum elastic, gush, gyring up, hairspring, handball,
     handspring, hang on, hangout, hatch, haunt, have repercussions,
     head, headspring, headstream, headwater, health resort, hibernal,
     hiemal, high jump, hightail, hinge on, hippety-hop, hive, hop,
     hop along, hotfoot, hurdle, ideal, impetus, incise, incitement,
     increase, innerspring mattress, inspiration, intention, issue,
     issue from, jet, jete, jig, jump, jump over, jump shot, jump turn,
     jump-hop, jump-off, jumping jack, juvenility, kick, kick back,
     kickback, knot, lash back, lavolta, lay open, leap, leap over,
     leapfrog, levitation, liberate, litter, liveliness, lode, lodestar,
     long jump, loom, loose, lop, lope, mainspring, make tracks,
     manumit, mat, matter, mattress, meeting place, midsummer,
     midwinter, mine, morris, motive, mount, mounting, murmuration,
     negotiate, ope, open, open up, origin, originate, originate in,
     out of season, overjump, overleap, overskip, pad, pallet, part,
     pay for, pillow, pop, pounce, pounce on, pounce upon, primavera,
     prime, principle, proceed, proceed from, puberty, pubescence,
     purlieu, quarry, racket, rallying point, reason, rebound, rebuff,
     recalcitrate, recalcitration, recoil, release, rent, repercuss,
     repercussion, repulse, resile, resilience, resiliency, resort,
     resource, responsiveness, ricochet, rift, rip, rise, rising, rive,
     riverhead, rocketing up, root, rubber, rubber ball, rubber band,
     rug, run, running broad jump, running high jump, sake, saltation,
     saut de basque, score, screw, seasonal, seedtime, separate,
     shock absorber, shoot up, shooting up, skein, ski jump, skip,
     skitter, sleeping bag, slit, snap, snap back, soaring, solstitial,
     source, source of supply, spa, spandex, split, spout, spread,
     spread out, sprightliness, spring back, spring from, spring open,
     springboard, springhead, springiness, springlike, springs,
     springtide, springtime, sprint, sprout, sprout from, spurt,
     stamping ground, staple, start, start aside, start up, startle,
     steeplechase, stem, stem from, step, step along, step lively,
     stimulant, stimulus, stretch, stretch fabric, stretchability,
     stretchiness, summer, summerlike, summerly, summery, surge, swarm,
     swing open, takeoff, taking off, tap, tear, tear open, throw open,
     tone, tonicity, tonus, tour jete, trampoline, trip, trot, turn,
     turn awry, turn on, twist, ulterior motive, unbind, unchain,
     underbed, underbedding, unshackle, upclimb, upcoming, updive,
     updraft, upgang, upgo, upgoing, upgrade, upgrowth, uphill, upleap,
     uplift, upping, uprisal, uprise, uprising, uprush, upshoot,
     upslope, upspring, upsurge, upsurgence, upsweep, upswing, vault,
     vein, vernal, vocation, warp, watch, watering place, well,
     wellhead, wellspring, whalebone, whence, winter, winterlike,
     wintery, wintry, wrench, wrest, wring, writhe, yield, youthfulness,
     youthhood, zooming

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  String PRocessING language
     ["From SPRING to SUMMER: Design, Definition and Implementation
     of Programming Languages for String Manipulation and Pattern
     Matching", Paul Klint, Math Centre, Amsterdam 1982].

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     (Heb. 'ain, "the bright open source, the eye of the landscape").
     To be carefully distinguished from "well" (q.v.). "Springs"
     mentioned in Josh. 10:40 (Heb. 'ashdoth) should rather be
     "declivities" or "slopes" (R.V.), i.e., the undulating ground
     lying between the lowlands (the shephelah) and the central range
     of hills.

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  SPRING. A fountain. 
       2. The owner of the soil has the exclusive right to use a spring 
  arising on his grounds. When another has an easement, or right to draw water 
  from such a spring, acquired by grant or prescription, if the spring fails 
  the easement ceases, but if it returns, the right revives. 
       3. The waters which flow from the spring give rise to a variety of 
  difficulties, the principal of which are, 1st. The owner of the inheritance 
  in which the spring arises turns their course. The owner of the inferior 
  estate, whose, meadow they fertilized, and who is deprived of them, claiming 
  the right to them. 2d. The owner of the spring does not prevent the water 
  from flowing on the inferior estate, but gives them a new direction 
  injurious to it. 3d. The owner of the superior inheritance disposes of the 
  water in such a way as to deprive the owner of the estate below him. The 
  rights of these different owners will be separately considered. 
       4.-1. The owner of land on which there is a natural spring, has a right 
  to use it for domestic and culinary purposes and for watering his cattle, 
  and he may make an aqueduct to another part of his land, and use all the 
  water required to keep the aqueduct in order, or to keep the water pure. 15 
  Conn. 366. He may also use it for irrigation, provided the volume be not 
  materially decreased. Ang. W. C. 34. Vide Irrigation; and 1 Root, 535; 2 
  Watts. 327; 2 Hill, S. C. 634; Coxe, 460; 2 Dev. & Bat. 50; 9 Conn. 291; 3 
  Pick. 269; 13 Mass. 420; 8 Mass. 136; 8 Greenl. 253. 
       5.-2. The owner of the spring cannot lawfully turn the current or give 
  it a new direction. He is bound to let it enter the inferior estate on the 
  same level it has been accustomed to, and at the same place; for every man 
  is entitled to a stream of water flowing through his land, without 
  diminution or alteration. 6 East, 206; 2 Conn. 584. Vide 3 Rawle, 84 12 
  Wend. 330; 10 Conn. 213; 14 Vern. 239. 
       6.-3. The owner of the superior inheritance, or of the land on which 
  there is a spring, has no right to deprive the owner of the estate below 
  him; 1 Yeates, 574; 5 Pick. 175; 3 Har. & John. 231; 12 Vern. 178; 13 Conn. 
  303; 3 Scam. 492; nor can be detain the water unreasonably. 17 John. 306; 2 
  B. C. 910. Vide Ham. N. P. 199; 1 Dall. 211; 3 Rawle's R. 256; Jus 
  Aquaeductus; Pool; Stagnum; Back Water; Irrigation, Mill; Rain Water; Water 

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Spring, TX -- U.S. Census Designated Place in Texas
     Population (2000):    36385
     Housing Units (2000): 12714
     Land area (2000):     23.936898 sq. miles (61.996278 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.028384 sq. miles (0.073515 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    23.965282 sq. miles (62.069793 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            69596
     Located within:       Texas (TX), FIPS 48
     Location:             30.054127 N, 95.386991 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     77373 77386 77388 77389
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
      Spring, TX

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