hand·​spring | \ ˈhan(d)-ˌspriŋ How to pronounce handspring (audio) \

Definition of handspring

: 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 As his teammates descended on him in a roar of cheers, Nani shrugged off their hugs for his signature celebration — a round-off back handspring. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando City knocks out Minnesota United, reaches MLS final," 6 Aug. 2020 After the run, the round-off, and the back handspring, Biles translates her forward motion into a leap into the air. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "The Biomechanical Perfection of Simone Biles in Flight," 13 Aug. 2019 Except, unlike a handspring, the touchdown raiz enables an athlete to gather rotational momentum about the axis that runs between their head and their feet. Wired, "How Ultra-Flexible Teens Turned ‘Tricking’ Into a Sport," 25 Oct. 2019 And precedent for the federation’s decision exists: in 2016, officials downgraded the value of the notorious Produnova vault, a handspring with a double front tuck. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "The International Federation of Gymnastics Needs to Keep Up with Simone Biles," 11 Oct. 2019 By age 4, when most preschoolers are able to perform a wobbly cartwheel at best, Ohashi had mastered a back handspring. Marie Claire, "Katelyn Ohashi Takes a Bow," 19 Apr. 2019 Video of the off-duty agent showed him unleashing a torrent of dance moves at a Denver bar early Saturday before launching into a back handspring. Holly Yan And Artemis Moshtaghian, CNN, "FBI agent loses his gun during dance-floor backflip, accidentally shoots bar patron," 3 June 2018 Nearby, gymnasts in sparkly leotards fly through the air, landing flips and handsprings. Meadow Rue Merrill, BostonGlobe.com, "How giving food away saved a Maine restaurant," 4 Apr. 2018 In one Instagram video, Collins strings together seven back handsprings followed by a back tuck. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com, "Browns' Jamie Collins tells his story: The one behind the smile that fans don't know," 2 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of handspring

1833, in the meaning defined above

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“Handspring.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handspring. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of handspring

: a fast movement in which you jump forward or backward, land on your hands, swing your legs up and over your body, and then land on your feet


hand·​spring | \ ˈhand-ˌspriŋ How to pronounce handspring (audio) \

Kids Definition of handspring

: a movement in which a person turns the body forward or backward in a full circle from a standing position and lands first on the hands and then on the feet

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