Definition of wellspring in English:



  • 1

    literary term for well head
    • ‘He has located the wellspring of slave revolutionary behavior in Europe.’
    • ‘Love, work and knowledge are the wellsprings of our life.’
    • ‘It is 100 years since the discovery of the blues, the wellspring from which popular music as we know it first flowed.’
    • ‘It is a wellspring to draw on in this latest challenge.’
    • ‘The wellspring of his art was his superb draughtsmanship, demonstrated in the Codex Valardi (Paris, Louvre), a great sequence of drawings that served as a visual record and source for many of his paintings.’
  • 2An abundant source of something:

    ‘a wellspring of ideas’
    • ‘They also underscore the enduring richness of the continent's cultural heritage, which serves as a wellspring of creativity worldwide.’
    • ‘But California has a robust economy, boasts a diverse and vibrant population, provides technological leadership for the world, and remains a wellspring of new ideas.’
    • ‘From the moment he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1988, his wellsprings of creativity almost completely dried up.’
    • ‘It is at the source, the wellspring of our feelings, that we may then either amplify or transform them.’
    • ‘We romanticize depression as a wellspring of finer thought, as the source of melancholic insight for artists, deep thinkers and sensitive souls.’
    source, supply, wellspring, fount, fountainhead, reservoir, mine, fund, bank, repository, storehouse, treasury
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