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- (intransitive) To appear suddenly.
- A breeze had sprung up, pushing the ship back within range of the Spanish cannons.
- (intransitive, figuratively) To come rapidly into existence.
- 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 7, in The China Governess:
- The highway to the East Coast which ran through the borough of Ebbfield had always been a main road and even now, despite the vast garages, the pylons and the gaily painted factory glasshouses which had sprung up beside it, there still remained an occasional trace of past cultures.
- (to appear suddenly): pop up
- (to come rapidly into existence): upspring; see also Thesaurus:come into being
to come rapidly into existence