from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Either of the points at which an arch begins to rise from its supports.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Liable to arise; contingent: as, springing uses. See use.
  • noun The act or process of leaping, arising, issuing, or proceeding; also, growth; increase.
  • noun In architecture, the point, from which an arch springs or rises; also, a springer.
  • noun The act or process of furnishing with springs; also, springs (as of a vehicle) collectively. See spring, n., 9.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act or process of one who, or that which, springs.
  • noun Growth; increase; also, that which springs up; a shoot; a plant.
  • noun (Arch.) the horizontal line drawn through the junction of the vertical face of the impost with the curve of the intrados; -- called also spring of an arch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of spring.
  • noun uncountable The action of the verb to spring.
  • noun uncountable A set of springs in a vehicle, etc.
  • noun countable, archaic A spring of an arch.
  • adjective That springs or spring.


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  • Springing: (Adj.)A term commonly associated with female cattle showing signs of advanced pregnancy, meaning they are close to giving birth. See heifer

    February 4, 2008