Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for upspring in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
- (intransitive) To spring up, rise up, originate, come into being.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Tennyson to this entry?)
- Charles Morris, Historical Tales
- Might not its waters upspring in this new land, whose discovery was the great marvel of the age, and which men looked upon as the unknown east of Asia?
- (spring up): spring, spring up, sprout, arise, be born, come into existence; see also Thesaurus:come into being
From Middle English upspring, upspringe, from Old English upspring (“origin, birth, rising up, springing up”), equivalent to up- + spring. Cognate with Old Saxon upspring (“well; source; spring”), Middle Low German upspringen (“to spring up; grow”).
upspring (plural upsprings)