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 Robinson then celebrated with a somersault and a back handspring. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 27 Jan. 2022 Biles first landed the vault – which requires a roundoff onto the takeoff board, a back handspring onto the table and a double somersault with her body in a piked position – at U.S. Classic in May and did two in podium training here. Rachel Axon, USA TODAY, 28 July 2021 The move involves a back handspring with two-and-a-half twists in the air before landing. Joshua Berlinger, Aditi Sangal And Adam Renton, CNN, 28 July 2021 Her second vault was an Amanar, which is a back handspring onto the vault into a back layout with two and a half twists. New York Times, 26 July 2021 The vault – during which Biles does a roundoff onto the takeoff board, a back handspring onto the vault and flips twice with her body in a piked position – is so difficult that most men don’t try it. Rachel Axon, USA TODAY, 25 July 2021 Debuted by Biles at the GK U.S. Classic preceding nationals last month, the move involves two straight-legged backflips in the air launched by a roundoff back handspring, requiring perilous amounts of momentum, speed, and strength. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 June 2021 Biles made history at the U.S. Classic in Indianapolis simply by trying the maneuver, which involves a roundoff onto the springboard, a handspring onto the vault and a double backflip in a pike position before the landing. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2021 Biles sprinted down the runway, did a roundoff onto the springboard followed by a back handspring onto the vault, finishing with two backflips with her legs ramrod straight and her hands seemingly magnetized to her hamstrings. Arkansas Online, 23 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of handspring

1833, in the meaning defined above

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

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: 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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