handspring

noun

hand·​spring ˈhan(d)-ˌspriŋ How to pronounce handspring (audio)
: an acrobatic feat in which the body turns forward or backward in a full circle from a standing position and lands first on the hands and then on the feet

Examples of handspring in a Sentence

He did a handspring on the lawn.
Recent Examples on the Web This has allowed many more gymnasts to perform the Yurchenko entry to the vault, which is a roundoff onto the springboard, back handspring onto the table, with flips, twists or both afterward. Robin Huebner, Twin Cities, 28 June 2024 Harris turned a potential weakness into a strength by flawlessly performing a Yurchenko 1½, a vault that has a back handspring entry and involves 1½ twists. Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2023 Just a back handspring. Emily Giambalvo Washington Post, Star Tribune, 28 July 2021 And senior Jesse Philphott executed a back handspring-into-clean-flip that sent the school into an uproar. Luca Evans, Los Angeles Times, 22 Aug. 2022 Done wrong, a double back handspring into a layout results in shame at the least, injury at the worst. Danyel Smith, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2023 The vault requires her to do a roundoff onto the takeoff board and a back handspring onto the table before doing a double somersault with her body in a piked position. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 4 Aug. 2021 After doing a handspring over a bed in the White House, the 49-year-old president headed to the Baltimore and Potomac railroad station. Joy Lanzendorfer, Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2023 Robinson then celebrated with a somersault and a back handspring. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 27 Jan. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of handspring was in 1833

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“Handspring.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handspring. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

handspring

noun
hand·​spring ˈhan(d)-ˌspriŋ How to pronounce handspring (audio)
: a tumbling feat in which the body turns in a full circle from a standing position and lands first on the hands and then on the feet

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