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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Spring·ing, n.
 1. The act or process of one who, or that which, springs.
 2. Growth; increase; also, that which springs up; a shoot; a plant.
    Thou blessest the springing thereof.   --Ps. lxv. 10.
 Springing line of an arch 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: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Spring v. i. [imp. Sprang or Sprung p. p. Sprung; p. pr. & vb. n. Springing.]
 1. To leap; to bound; to jump.
 The mountain stag that springs
 From height to height, and bounds along the plains.   --Philips.
 2. To issue with speed and violence; to move with activity; to dart; to shoot.
 And sudden light
 Sprung through the vaulted roof.   --Dryden.
 3. To start or rise suddenly, as from a covert.
    Watchful as fowlers when their game will spring.   --Otway.
 4. To fly back; as, a bow, when bent, springs back by its elastic power.
 5. To bend from a straight direction or plane surface; to become warped; as, a piece of timber, or a plank, sometimes springs in seasoning.
 6. To shoot up, out, or forth; to come to the light; to begin to appear; to emerge; as a plant from its seed, as streams from their source, and the like; -- often followed by up, forth, or out.
    Till well nigh the day began to spring.   --Chaucer.
    To satisfy the desolate and waste ground, and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth.   --Job xxxviii. 27.
    Do not blast my springing hopes.   --Rowe.
    O, spring to light; auspicious Babe, be born.   --Pope.
 7. To issue or proceed, as from a parent or ancestor; to result, as from a cause, motive, reason, or principle.
 [They found] new hope to spring
 Out of despair, joy, but with fear yet linked.   --Milton.
 8. To grow; to thrive; to prosper.
 What makes all this, but Jupiter the king,
 At whose command we perish, and we spring?   --Dryden.
 To spring at, to leap toward; to attempt to reach by a leap.
 To spring forth, to leap out; to rush out.
 To spring in, to rush in; to enter with a leap or in haste.
 To spring on or To spring upon, to leap on; to rush on with haste or violence; to assault.