- 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.
- to perform a handspring.
Origin of handspring
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Examples from the Web for handspring
Papa did his best to be dignified and not turn a handspring or shout for joy.In a Little Town
He hastened to meet us, arriving in the whirl and blur of a handspring.The Cruise of the Snark
"All right," shouted Little White Bear, turning a handspring.Little White Fox and his Arctic Friends
Roy J. Snell
Bunny was to make believe he couldn't turn a handspring very well, and Mart would then take the center of the stage.Bunny Brown and his Sister Sue Giving a Show
Laura Lee Hope
"I'm goin' to the Surgeon an' git an excuse," said Gleason, who had sprained his wrist a trifle in turning a handspring.Si Klegg, Book 3 (of 6)
- 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
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