adj : occurring in or appropriate to the season of spring; "spring
rains"; "springtime activities" [syn: spring(a)
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: springtime
2: a natural flow of ground water [syn: fountain
, natural spring
3: a metal elastic device that returns to its shape or position
when pushed or pulled or pressed; "the spring was broken"
4: a light springing movement upwards or forwards [syn: leap
5: the elasticity of something that can be stretched and
returns to its original length [syn: give
6: a point at which water issues forth
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
2: develop into a distinctive entity; "our plans began to take
shape" [syn: form
, take form
, take shape
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
, take a hop
4: produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly; "He sprang a
new haircut on his wife"
5: develop suddenly; "The tire sprang a leak"
6: produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly; "He sprang
these news on me just as I was leaving"