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  • v. To appear suddenly.
  • v. To come rapidly into existence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. come into existence; take on form or shape


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  • Alike they spring up among the pleasure-hunting masters of Southern slaves and the order-loving citizens of the land of steady habits.

    The Every-day Life of Abraham Lincoln

  • 'Patriots spring up like mushrooms' (Sir R. Walpole), iv.

    Life of Johnson

  • And that such a crop of thorns should spring up to him and to his people from Lady Cardoness's house, was one of Rutherford's sorest trials.

    Samuel Rutherford

  • Twisted Moreton Bay ash and wind-crippled scrub spring up among the clefts and crevices on the weather frontage — the south-east — while a narrow strip of sand, the only landing-place, is a general characteristic of the north-west aspect.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • But after tensing his muscles as if about to spring up Evan Madoc appeared to change his mind.

    The Key

  • He heard Brown fussing beside him, then his vision cleared, and he looked back through the goggles again to see a glowing cloud spring up from the magma, spread out near the ground, narrowing down higher up, until it sucked into the nozzle above, and dis­appeared.

    Science Fiction Hall of Fame

  • But now, suppose one mutant tree were to spring up in the middle of the Forest of Friendship.


  • Aristotle's De generatione animalium reflected the state of science in the fourth century, B.C., when it asserted that oysters, mussels, sponges, lice, mosquitoes, flies, and some plants spring up directly from various organic or inorganic elements.


  • About 600 feet above sea-level, looking across the Family Group to the great bulk of Hinchinbrook, there is an irregular precipice, half concealed by the trees and plants that decorate its seams and crevices and spring up about its cool and ever gloomy base.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  •   “Urban legends; they spring up when times are grim,” continued the homilist.

    Son of a Witch


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