[ 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), hand·sprang, hand·sprung, hand·springing.

to perform a handspring.
Compare somersault.

Origin of handspring

First recorded in 1870–75; hand + spring
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British Dictionary definitions for handspring


/ (ˈhændˌsprɪŋ) /


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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