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. [1913 Webster]

2. To produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly; as, to spring a surprise on someone; to spring a joke. [1913 Webster]

She starts, and leaves her bed, and springs a light. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The friends to the cause sprang a new project. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

3. To cause to explode; as, to spring a mine. [1913 Webster]

4. To crack or split; to bend or strain so as to weaken; as, to spring a mast or a yard. [1913 Webster]

5. To cause to close suddenly, as the parts of a trap operated by a spring; as, to spring a trap. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

7. To pass over by leaping; as, to spring a fence. [1913 Webster]

8. To release (a person) from confinement, especially from a prison. [colloquial] [PJC]

{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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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