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 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 There are more mountains to climb, and back handsprings to land. Story By Rick Press And Jessica Koscielniak Video By Jessica Koscielniak, star-telegram, "Hope and a back handspring," 27 Apr. 2017 Elizabeth has been working with Brittany for two years on her back handspring. Story By Rick Press And Jessica Koscielniak Video By Jessica Koscielniak, star-telegram.com, "Hope and a back handspring," 27 Apr. 2017 A backflip — sometimes replaced with a back handspring — became his signature move after every competition. Nathan Fenno, latimes.com, "Olympic high jumper paralyzed by freak injury now hopes to walk down aisle at wedding," 3 June 2017 The 41-year-old vault specialist Oksana Chusovitina, for example, performed a front handspring onto the vaulting horse and two front somersaults off — the most difficult vault in the world. Victor Mather The New York Times, New York Times, "Usain Bolt Is Still the Fastest," 14 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of handspring

1833, in the meaning defined above

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“Handspring.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handspring. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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


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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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