handspring

[ hand-spring ]
/ ˈhændˌsprɪŋ /
|

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. handshape,
  2. handsome,
  3. handsome is as handsome does,
  4. handsomely,
  5. handspike,
  6. handstand,
  7. handstitch,
  8. handstroke,
  9. handwarmer,
  10. handwash

Compare somersault.

Origin of handspring

First recorded in 1870–75; hand + spring

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for handspring


British Dictionary definitions for handspring

handspring

/ (ˈhændˌsprɪŋ) /

noun

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 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012