spring

There's nothing like sitting on a sharp tack to make you spring out of your chair. The verb spring means to leap or bounce up suddenly.

When you spring, you jump abruptly. In fact, your body acts like another definition of spring, "a coil of metal that bounces back when pushed." The Old English springan, "to leap, burst forth, or fly up," is the root of spring, and most uses of the word are clearly connected to that origin. Even when an idea springs to mind, or you spring bad news on someone, the thoughts seem to leap forward.

Definitions of spring
  1. verb
    move forward by leaps and bounds
    synonyms: bound, jump, leap
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    pronk
    jump straight up
    bounce, bound, rebound, recoil, resile, reverberate, ricochet, take a hop
    spring back; spring away from an impact
    burst
    move suddenly, energetically, or violently
    bounce
    leap suddenly
    capriole
    perform a capriole, of horses in dressage
    galumph
    move around heavily and clumsily
    ski jump
    jump on skis
    saltate
    leap or skip, often in dancing
    vault
    bound vigorously
    leapfrog
    jump across
    overleap, vault
    jump across or leap over (an obstacle)
    curvet
    perform a leap where both hind legs come off the ground, of a horse
    hop, hop-skip, skip
    jump lightly
    caper
    jump about playfully
    hop
    make a jump forward or upward
    kick, kick back, recoil
    spring back, as from a forceful thrust
    bound off, skip
    bound off one point after another
    carom
    rebound after hitting
    hurdle
    jump a hurdle
    type of:
    move
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  2. verb
    spring back; spring away from an impact
    synonyms: bounce, bound, rebound, recoil, resile, reverberate, ricochet, take a hop
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    kick, kick back, recoil
    spring back, as from a forceful thrust
    bound off, skip
    bound off one point after another
    carom
    rebound after hitting
    type of:
    bound, jump, leap
    move forward by leaps and bounds
  3. noun
    a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards
    synonyms: bounce, bound, leap, leaping, saltation
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    caper, capriole
    a playful leap or hop
    pounce
    the act of pouncing
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    jump, jumping
    the act of jumping; propelling yourself off the ground
  4. noun
    the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length
    synonyms: give, springiness
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    elasticity, snap
    the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed
  5. noun
    a metal elastic device that returns to its shape or position when pushed or pulled or pressed
    “the spring was broken”
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    bedspring
    (usually plural) one of the springs holding up the mattress of a bed
    coil spring, volute spring
    a spring in the shape of a coil
    leaf spring
    long narrow spring consisting of several layers of metal springs bracketed together
    mainspring
    the most important spring in a mechanical device (especially a clock or watch); as it uncoils it drives the mechanism
    spiral spring
    a spring that is wound like a spiral
    box spring
    a coiled bedspring in a frame that is covered with cloth
    hairspring
    a fine spiral spring that regulates the movement of the balance wheel in a timepiece
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    elastic device
    any flexible device that will return to its original shape when stretched
  6. verb
    produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly
    “He sprang these news on me just as I was leaving”
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    break, bring out, disclose, discover, divulge, expose, give away, let on, let out, reveal, unwrap
    make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
  7. verb
    develop suddenly
    “The tire sprang a leak”
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    acquire, develop, get, grow, produce
    come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)
  8. verb
    develop into a distinctive entity
    synonyms: form, take form, take shape
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    regenerate
    be formed or shaped anew
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    become
    come into existence
  9. noun
    a natural flow of ground water
    synonyms: fountain, natural spring, outflow, outpouring
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    examples:
    Old Faithful
    a geyser in Yellowstone National Park that erupts for about 4 minutes about every 65 minutes
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    Fountain of Youth
    a fountain described in folk tales as able to make people young again
    geyser
    a spring that discharges hot water and steam
    hot spring, thermal spring
    a natural spring of water at a temperature of 70 F or above
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    formation, geological formation
    (geology) the geological features of the earth
  10. noun
    a point at which water issues forth
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    beginning, origin, root, rootage, source
    the place where something begins, where it springs into being
  11. noun
    the season of growth
    “the emerging buds were a sure sign of spring
    “he will hold office until the spring of next year”
    synonyms: springtime
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    season, time of year
    one of the natural periods into which the year is divided by the equinoxes and solstices or atmospheric conditions
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