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  1. present participle of sprout


sprouting ‎(plural sproutings)

  1. The act by which something sprouts.
    • 2009, Alan Dawley, Class and Community (page 196)
      The historical record before the war and after shows a tendency toward independent political action in the recurrent sproutings of numerous Labor Reform and Workingmen's parties []
    • 2014 November 17, Roger Cohen, “The horror! The horror! The trauma of ISIS [print version: International New York Times, 18 November 2014, p. 9]”, in The New York Times[1]:
      What is unbearable, in fact, is the feeling, 13 years after 9/11, that America has been chasing its tail; that, in some whack-a-mole horror show, the quashing of a jihadi enclave here only spurs the sprouting of another there; that the ideology of Al Qaeda is still reverberating through a blocked Arab world whose Sunni-Shia balance (insofar as that went) was upended by the American invasion of Iraq.