• enPR: sprĭngʹĭng, IPA(key): /ˈspɹɪŋɪŋ/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪŋɪŋ



  1. present participle of spring


springing (countable and uncountable, plural springings)

  1. (uncountable) The action of the verb to spring.
  2. (uncountable) A set of springs in a vehicle, etc.
    • 1960 December, “The first hundred 25 kV a.c. electric locomotives for B.R.”, in Trains Illustrated, page 726:
      In general, steel springs were stipulated for primary suspension, although rubber was accepted for auxiliary springing; hydraulic dampers were specified and the use of laminated springs ruled out.
  3. (countable, architecture, archaic) The spring of an arch: the lowest part of an arch on both sides.
    • 1941 February, “Bridge demolition by lifting”, in Railway Magazine, pages 74-75:
      The arch failed first at the crown, then at the quarterings, and finally at the springings. After demolition the girders for half the new structure were erected on bedstones already built on the abutments behind the springings of the old arch.

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springing (not comparable)

  1. That springs or spring.
  2. (law, US, characterizing the power of attorney) That takes effect only after the incapacity of the grantor or some other definite future act or circumstance.

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