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springe

[sprinj] /sprɪndʒ/
noun
1.
a snare for catching small game.
verb (used with object), springed, springing.
2.
to catch in a springe.
verb (used without object), springed, springing.
3.
to set a springe or springes.
Origin of springe
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English, variant of sprenge a snare, literally, something that is made to spring, derivative of sprengen to make spring, Old English sprengan, causative of springan to spring
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Examples from the Web for springed
Historical Examples
  • They had wintered it and springed it, and clung to it through bright days and dark.

    Four Girls and a Compact Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • You have springed your dottrel, I find, and what is the consequence?

    Red Gauntlet Sir Walter Scott
  • It was finally concluded by a commission being sent to set out what ought to be springed.

    The Vale of Lyvennet John Salkeld Bland
British Dictionary definitions for springed

springe

/sprɪndʒ/
noun
1.
a snare set to catch small wild animals or birds and consisting of a loop attached to a bent twig or branch under tension
verb
2.
(intransitive) to set such a snare
3.
(transitive) to catch (small wild animals or birds) with such a snare
Word Origin
C13: related to Old English springan to spring
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