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  1. a snare for catching small game.

verb (used with object),springed, spring·ing.
  1. to catch in a springe.

verb (used without object),springed, spring·ing.
  1. to set a springe or springes.

Origin of springe

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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British Dictionary definitions for springe


/ (sprɪndʒ) /

  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

  1. (intr) to set such a snare

  2. (tr) to catch (small wild animals or birds) with such a snare

Origin of springe

C13: related to Old English springan to spring

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