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noun     spring pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the season of the year between winter and summer

    early/late spring

    last/this/next spring

    in (the) spring:

    The garden is so beautiful in spring.

    1. a.
      [only before noun] happening in spring, or relating to spring
  2. 2
    [countable] water that flows up from under the ground and forms a small stream or pool

    water from a natural spring

  3. 3
    [countable] a long thin piece of metal in the shape of a coil that quickly gets its original shape again after you stop stretching it

    Cheaper mattresses have springs that link together.

    1. a.
      [uncountable] the ability of something to get its original shape again after you stop stretching it
  4. 4
    [countable] a quick jump forward or up

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