We’re a few weeks into Spring and as well as being an inspiration to get out into the countryside and enjoy good long walks, the word inspires us to look into other meanings and words derived fron the word ‘Spring’. Here are just a few…
SPRING – Twisted wire. A twisted piece of wire which can be pushed, pulled or pressed and can return to its original shape afterwards.
“That bed mattress has lost its spring.”
SPRING – A place where water naturally comes to the surface from under the ground, for example, ‘a mountain spring’.
SPRING – A sudden jump.
“With a quick spring, the squirrel ran up the tree.”
– To say or ask something that somebody is not expecting.
“She sprang a surprise by saying she was 3 months pregnant. I didn’t expect it.”
– To appear suddenly.
“When I told her, tears sprang to her eyes.”
– To spring a leak. A hole through which water or similar comes in.
“The boat sprang a leak as we were rowing on the lake.”
“My new thermos flask has just sprung a leak.”
SPRING BOARD – A strong board used for diving or gymnastics to propel someone.
SPRING CHICKEN – To be no longer young.
“He’s no spring chicken. He shouldn’t be running marathons at his age.”
SPRING CLEANING – A periodic cleaning, usually more thorough than usual and done about Springtime.
“Our new house needed a good spring clean before moving in.”
SPRING ONION – A kind of small onion with a green stem usually eaten in the Spring and sometimes eaten raw in salads.
SPRING TIDE – A tide where there is considerable rise and fall and happens near the new or full moon every month.
“If you go for a walk on the beach right now, watch out for the Spring tide, it might catch you unaware.”
SPRINGY – Energetic and confident.
“She doesn’t seem her age. She has such a long, springy step.”
Yet again, we’re sure to have surprised you by the wealth of the English language and the different uses of the Word ‘Spring’. Maybe you could impress your teacher in your next class by coming out with one of them. Just spring it on him!!
Happy English learning!!