from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To spring up, as from the soil.
  • intransitive v. To come into being; arise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To spring up, rise up, originate.
  • v. To come into being.
  • n. An upstart.
  • n. A spring or leap into the air.
  • n. origin

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An upstart.
  • n. A spring or leap into the air.
  • intransitive v. To spring up.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To spring up; shoot up; rise.
  • n. A vertical spring; a leap in the air.
  • n. An upstart; one suddenly exalted.


From Old English upspringĀ ("origin, birth, rising up, springing up") (Wiktionary)



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