- 1 [uncountable, countable] the season between winter and summer when plants begin to grow flowers that bloom in spring/in the spring He was born in the spring of 1944. There's a feeling of spring in the air today. spring flowers twisted wire
- 2 [countable] a twisted piece of metal that can be pushed, pressed or pulled but which always returns to its original shape or position afterwards bed springs The springs in the sofa have gone (= they no longer return to their original position). She's full of energy, like a coiled spring.
- 3[uncountable] the ability of a spring to return to its original position The mattress has lost its spring. water
- 4 [countable] a place where water comes naturally to the surface from under the ground a mountain spring spring water cheerful quality
- 5[uncountable, singular] a cheerful, lively quality She walked along with a spring in her step. See related entries: Energetic sudden jump
- 6[countable] a quick sudden jump upwards or forwards With a spring, the cat leapt on to the table. Word Origin Old English spring (noun), springan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German springen. Early use in the senses ‘head of a well’ and ‘rush out in a stream’ gave rise to the figurative use ‘originate’.Extra examples I want to do some spring-cleaning. Most of the springs have gone in the old sofa. The children broke some springs jumping on the bed. The highest spring tides of the the year occur after the equinoxes in March and September. The students spend the whole spring term on teaching practice. They decided to give the attic a spring clean. a box-spring mattress a delicious recipe for spring lamb a perfect spring day deliciously cool spring water high-school kids on spring break the party’s spring conference to plant spring bulbs With a spring, the cat leapt onto the table.Idioms very cheerful