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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, outflow, outpouring, 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, leaping, saltation, bound, bounce]
5 the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length [syn: give, springiness]
6 a point at which water issues forth


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]
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, bound, rebound, recoil, reverberate, ricochet]
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" [also: sprung, sprang]sprang See spring

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /'spɹeɪŋ/, /'spr

Extensive Definition

For the Dutch village, see Sprang (Netherlands).
thumb|right|Reconstruction of a [[Anglo-Saxons|Saxon hairnet using the sprang technique]] Sprang is an ancient method of constructing textiles. It produces an elastic fabric which is sometimes mistaken for knitted fabric. One of the few remaining examples of sprang construction in modern industrialized society is chicken wire.


  • The Techniques of Sprang: Plaiting on Stretched Threads }}
sprang in German: Sprang
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