Translation of spring in Spanish:
intransitive verb past tense sprang or (especially American English) sprung past participle sprung
- 1 1.1 (leap) I sprang out of bedhe sprang over the wallsalté de la camathe cat sprang up onto the tablesaltó el muroto spring to one's feetel gato se subió a la mesa de un saltoto spring to attentionlevantarse or ponerse de pie de un salto or como movido por un resorteto spring into action the engine sprang into lifeponerse firmetears sprang to his eyes to spring to somebody's aidde pronto el motor se puso en marchanothing springs to mindcorrer or acudir en ayuda de alguienthe branch sprang back and hit me in the faceno se me ocurre nadathe door sprang open/shutla rama saltó como un látigo y me dio en la carala puerta se abrió/se cerró de golpeExample sentences1.2 (pounce) See examples: the tiger was poised to spring
to springel tigre estaba agazapado, listo para atacar
- Violet suddenly sprang forward and seized her by the arm.
- Suddenly one of the men sprung forward in an attempt to grab Rachel.
- Then the leader sprang forward toward me, pointing his gun at me.
atsomebody/somethingthe dog sprang at his throatshe suddenly sprang at himel perro se le tiró al cuellode pronto se le tiró encima or se abalanzó sobre él
- 2 2.1 [literary](shoots)to spring into existencewhere did you spring from? [colloquial]aparecer de la noche a la mañana2.2to spring¿y tú de dónde has salido?
fromsomething(ideas/doubts)surgir dealgo(problem)his aggression springs from his inadequacyprovenir dealgosu agresividad es producto or resultado de su ineptitudExample sentences
- Large commercial developments are starting to spring up in the town.
- Everywhere you turn in Glasgow it seems another new development with an evocative name is springing up.
- Then, almost unnoticed, a playful breeze sprang up, which turned rather suddenly into something stiffer.
- She hugged me again and new tears sprang from her eyes.
- Where the blazes did he spring from?
transitive verb past tense sprang or (especially American English) sprung past participle sprung
- 1 1.1 (produce suddenly)to spring something
onsomebodythey did rather spring it on ushe sprang a surprise on themnos lo soltaron así, de buenas a primeras or [colloquial] de golpe y porrazo1.2les dio una sorpresa(mechanism)to spring a trap on somebodysorprender a alguien con una trampaExample sentences1.3to spring a leak
empezar a hacer aguaExample sentences
- The freighter's engines sprang to life, deafening its only two occupants.
- Since the recruitment drive sprung into operation last month, a staggering 248 new members have signed up.
- She pressed down on a button and the ship shuddered as the main engine sprung to life.
- Latham is at his best when he springs surprises on the Government.
- Life has a habit of springing surprises on you, pleasant and unpleasant.
- He said: ‘The Home Secretary was wrong to spring his decision on the police authority, and they are within their rights to take the final decision.’
- 3 [colloquial](prisoner)sacar de la cárcelayudar a fugarseExample sentences
- We cannot intervene with the police to get British citizens released, nor spring them from jail.
- All was right in the Harriet house until the culprits were sprung from jail by their eighteen-year-old son.
- The other is 23 and was recently sprung from prison after serving a couple of sentences for drug/weapons charges.
- 1 uncountable and countable (season) in (the) spring(before noun) (weather/showers)de primaveraExample sentences
- The peak breeding season is in late spring and early summer, although some breeding takes place throughout the year.
- Although the spring migration has barely begun, tens of thousands of geese and huge flocks of ducks are already here.
- The inland region has a continental climate with very cold winters, hot, humid summers, and spring and autumn seasons that are often rainy.
- 2 2.1 countable (Geography) 2.2 (origin) [formal] (often plural)Example sentences
- It becomes impossible to see the springs of the play's action in terms of mere idiosyncratic personal grudges or teenage angst.
- The immediate aftermath of the war was marked by a nostalgic return by many artists to the springs of Mediterranean culture.
- 3 countable (jump)Example sentences
- With a spring, he jumped out of the alleyway and hoofed it back to his apartment.
- He rounded the upcoming corner as only he could; a jump and flip, then a spring off the wall of an adjacent building.
- The new year, however, will put a spring in their step.
- 4 4.1 countable (in watch, toy) 4.2 (elasticity) (no plural) to walk with a spring in one's stepcaminar con brío or energíaExample sentences
- His size is a great advantage but he also has spring and ability - in fact he has every attribute to be a top line goalkeeper.
- Generally, the more twist in the carpet yarns, the more spring, which hides footprints.
- Groaning, I attempted to sit up as I felt the sharp jabbing a of a bed coil that had long lost its spring shove its way into my side.
- This apparatus is fitted with ropes and pulleys that are attached to taut springs to create tension.
- The tension on the spring can be adjusted using a wing nut so it can grip the line tightly or loosely, whatever the fishing situation demands.
- This simple action is controlled by a complex mass of gears, switches and springs, like you might find inside a watch.
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