Definitions

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  • n. A spring or source of life.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Spring or source of life.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The spring or source of life; anything regarded as essential to the sustentation of the life of either the body or the soul.

Etymologies

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life +‎ spring

Examples

  • This supernatural light -- this "freedom of the children of God" -- is the very foundation, the very lifespring of civilization.

    Public School Education

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