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[hand-spring] /ˈhændˌsprɪŋ/
an acrobatic feat in which one starts from a standing position and wheels the body forward or backward in a complete circle, landing first on the hands and then on the feet, without contact by the rest of the body.
verb (used without object), handsprang, handsprung, handspringing.
to perform a handspring.
Compare somersault.
Origin of handspring
First recorded in 1870-75; hand + spring Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Papa did his best to be dignified and not turn a handspring or shout for joy.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • He hastened to meet us, arriving in the whirl and blur of a handspring.

  • "All right," shouted Little White Bear, turning a handspring.

  • Bunny was to make believe he couldn't turn a handspring very well, and Mart would then take the center of the stage.

  • "I'm goin' to the Surgeon an' git an excuse," said Gleason, who had sprained his wrist a trifle in turning a handspring.

  • And in the joyousness of high spirits he turned a handspring over one of the beds.

    The Mystery at Putnam Hall Arthur M. Winfield
  • Marty, watching breathless and wide-eyed from the field, threw a handspring and uttered a whoop of joy.

    The Arrival of Jimpson Ralph Henry Barbour
  • An iceberg performing a handspring would be something of the same order, but a hundred thousand times more extensive.

    Among the Esquimaux Edward S. Ellis
  • "Old clown he threw his hat up, turned a handspring, and come up and caught it on his head," from Wharton.

    Emmy Lou's Road to Grace George Madden Martin
  • Forcing down the desire to turn a handspring, he slipped one of the six-shooters in his empty holster and patted it lovingly.

    Bar-20 Days Clarence E. Mulford
British Dictionary definitions for handspring


a gymnastic feat in which a person starts from a standing position and leaps forwards or backwards into a handstand and then onto his feet
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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