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Definition: To spring a leak
(spr[i^]ng), v. t.
1. To cause to spring up; to start or rouse, as game; to
cause to rise from the earth, or from a covert; as, to
spring a pheasant.
2. To produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly; as, to
spring a surprise on someone; to spring a joke.
She starts, and leaves her bed, and springs a light.
The friends to the cause sprang a new project.
3. To cause to explode; as, to spring a mine.
4. To crack or split; to bend or strain so as to weaken; as,
to spring a mast or a yard.
5. To cause to close suddenly, as the parts of a trap
operated by a spring; as, to spring a trap.
6. To bend by force, as something stiff or strong; to force
or put by bending, as a beam into its sockets, and
allowing it to straighten when in place; -- often with in,
out, etc.; as, to spring in a slat or a bar.
7. To pass over by leaping; as, to spring a fence.
8. To release (a person) from confinement, especially from a
To spring a butt
(Naut.), to loosen the end of a plank in a
To spring a leak
(Naut.), to begin to leak.
To spring an arch
(Arch.), to build an arch; -- a common
term among masons; as, to spring an arch over a lintel.
To spring a rattle
, to cause a rattle to sound. See
, under Watchman
To spring the luff
(Naut.), to ease the helm, and sail
nearer to the wind than before; -- said of a vessel.
To spring a mast
or To spring a spar
(Naut.), to strain
it so that it is unserviceable.
(l[=e]k), n. [Akin to D. lek leaky, a leak, G. leck,
Icel. lekr leaky, Dan. l[ae]k leaky, a leak, Sw. l["a]ck; cf.
AS. hlec full of cracks or leaky. Cf. Leak
1. A crack, crevice, fissure, or hole which admits water or
other fluid, or lets it escape; as, a leak in a roof; a
leak in a boat; a leak in a gas pipe. “One leak will sink
2. The entrance or escape of a fluid through a crack,
fissure, or other aperture; as, the leak gained on the
3. (Elec.) A loss of electricity through imperfect
insulation; also, the point at which such loss occurs.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
4. an act of urinating; -- used mostly in the phrase
take a leak
, i. e. to urinate. [vulgar]
5. The disclosure of information that is expected to be kept
confidential; as, leaks by the White House staff
infuriated Nixon; leaks by the Special Prosecutor were
criticized as illegal.
To spring a leak
, to open or crack so as to let in water;
to begin to let in water; as, the ship sprung a leak.