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headspring

[hed-spring]
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noun
  1. the fountainhead or source of a stream.
  2. the source of anything.
  3. an acrobatic feat similar to a handspring, except that the head as well as the hands touch the surface before the spring back to a standing position.
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Origin of headspring

First recorded in 1350–1400, headspring is from the Middle English word hedspring. See head, spring
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  • Which of them that you are the only “headspring of all laws”?

    The Apology of the Church of England

    John Jewel


British Dictionary definitions for headspring

headspring

noun
  1. a spring that is the source of a stream
  2. a spring using the head as a lever from a position lying on the ground
  3. rare a source
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