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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SPRINGS

Reached the water at the Two Springs half an hour after dark.

We found that about a dozen natives had been to the springs while we were away.

We hastened on, and to our delight found one of the best springs in the colony.

Pools of water, rock bottom; in fact, rock reservoirs, and fed by springs.

Sulphur springs with Epsom salts in combination are nearly as common.

It was almost eight when he turned the car into the drive of the White Springs Hotel.

Since the scene at the White Springs Hotel, both knew that no explanation was necessary.

It might have been the parlor of the White Springs Hotel in duplicate, plush self-rocker and all.

At the White Springs Hotel they stopped to fill the gasolene tank of the car.

Superstition has its season as well as sulphur-baths and chalybeate springs.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English springan "to leap, burst forth, fly up" (class III strong verb; past tense sprang, past participle sprungen), from Proto-Germanic *sprenganan (cf. Old Norse, Old Frisian springa, Middle Dutch springhen, Old High German springan, German springen), from PIE *sprengh- "rapid movement" (cf. Sanskrit sprhayati "desires eagerly," Greek sperkhesthai "to hurry").

In Middle English, it took on the role of causal sprenge, from Old English sprengan (as still in to spring a trap, etc.). Slang meaning "to pay" (for a treat, etc.) is recorded from 1906. Meaning "to announce suddenly" (usually with on) is from 1876. Meaning "to release" (from imprisonment) is from 1900.

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