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spring   (sprĭng)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. A device, such as a coil of wire, that returns to its original shape after being compressed or stretched. Because of their ability to return to their original shape, springs are used to store energy, as in mechanical clocks, and to absorb or lessen energy, as in the suspension system of vehicles.

  2. A small stream of water flowing naturally from the Earth.


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