spring·​er | \ ˈspriŋ-ər How to pronounce springer (audio) \

Definition of springer

1 : a stone or other solid laid at the impost of an arch — see arch illustration
2 : one that springs
4 : a cow nearly ready to calve

Examples of springer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In May, thieves deployed hydraulic cutters to snap his locks, entered his dog kennels and stole three of his springer spaniels. Washington Post, "Dognapped: Crime bosses exploit desire for pandemic pups in Britain," 2 Apr. 2021 Once fired, the springer lurches forward, but then jerks backwards as the piston reaches the end of its forward travels and abruptly stops. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, "How to Buy the Best Air Gun for Your Needs," 2 Mar. 2021 My dad had springers, as does my current pheasant hunting partner. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "How to Choose Your First Bird-Dog Puppy," 23 Mar. 2020 Bill will be greeted by his beloved springers, Faith, and Rush. courant.com, "William A. Manning," 23 Oct. 2019 The spring kings of the Columbia (also called spring chinook, or simply springers) migrate hundreds of miles upstream without feeding, relying on heavy stores of fat to carry them through to the fall spawning. Corey Arnold, National Geographic, "Why wild salmon remains king in the Pacific Northwest," 27 Mar. 2019 Upriver springers will darken significantly, especially around the chin and head. Bill Monroe, OregonLive.com, "Columbia, Willamette spring salmon have different coloring," 29 Mar. 2018 Biologists from both states approved the reopening in a telephone meeting Wednesday, saying a lower run prediction (116,500 upriver springers) announced Monday still accommodates additional sportfishing. Bill Monroe, OregonLive.com, "Spring chinook fishing to reopen on Columbia River," 23 May 2018 April 7 marks the close of the early springer season on the lower Columbia, where upriver fish are beginning to move toward Bonneville Dam. Bill Monroe, OregonLive.com, "Columbia, Willamette spring salmon have different coloring," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of springer

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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9 Apr 2021

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“Springer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/springer. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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