from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A leap; a spring; a convulsive struggle.
  • noun A steep ascent in a road.
  • noun Anything short and not easily bent, as a stiff curl.
  • Active; vigorous; strong; lively; brisk.
  • To spring up; germinate.
  • To spring forward or outward.

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

  • noun obsolete Anything short and stiff.
  • noun Obs. or Prov. Eng. A leap; a spring.
  • noun Prov. Eng. A steep ascent in a road.
  • adjective obsolete Active; lively; vigorous.
  • intransitive verb obsolete To spring up; to germinate; to spring forward or outward.
  • intransitive verb [Local, U.S.] to draw one's self up suddenly, as in anger or defiance; to bristle up.

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

  • verb obsolete To spring up; to germinate.
  • noun obsolete any short, stiff object.
  • adjective obsolete Active; lively; vigorous.


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