Wellspring Well"spring`, n. A fountain; a spring; a source of continual supply. [1913 Webster]

Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it; but the instruction of fools is folly. --Prov. xvi. 22. [1913 Webster]

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  • wellspring — [wel′spriŋ΄] n. 1. the source of a stream, spring, etc.; fountainhead 2. a source of abundant and continual supply [a wellspring of knowledge] …   English World dictionary

  • wellspring — index origin (source), origination, source Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • wellspring — O.E. welspryng, literal and figurative, see WELL (Cf. well) (n.) + SPRING (Cf. spring) (n.2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • wellspring — ► NOUN literary 1) a well head of a spring. 2) an abundant source of something …   English terms dictionary

  • wellspring — well|spring [ˈwelˌsprıŋ] n literary 1.) a large amount of a personal quality wellspring of ▪ There was a wellspring of courage within her. 2.) the situation or place where something begins wellspring of ▪ Las Vegas became the wellspring of a new… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • wellspring — well|spring [ wel,sprıŋ ] noun count the source of a large or continuous supply: wellspring of: The Web site offers a wellspring of resources. Since his death I had become a wellspring of emotion …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • wellspring — UK [ˈwelˌsprɪŋ] / US noun [countable] Word forms wellspring : singular wellspring plural wellsprings the source of a large or continuous supply …   English dictionary

  • wellspring — noun Date: before 12th century a source of continual supply < a wellspring of information > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • wellspring — /wel spring /, n. 1. the head or source of a spring, stream, river, etc.; fountainhead. 2. a source or supply of anything, esp. when considered inexhaustible: a wellspring of affection. [bef. 900; ME welle spring, OE wyllspring; see WELL2,… …   Universalium

  • wellspring — noun (countable + of) literary a never ending supply of a personal quality: There was a wellspring of courage within her which she could continually draw upon …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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