springer

noun
spring·​er | \ˈspriŋ-ər \

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

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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 The most decorated springer of all time currently has six gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100 relay from previous games and will be defending all of them in Rio. Maggie Maloney, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need to Know About the Rio Olympics," 5 Aug. 2016 March is typically the kickoff of springer season on the lower Rogue. Bee Staff, sacbee, "Snow, cold weather slow down Northern California fishing action | The Sacramento Bee," 26 Feb. 2018 At least some tougher-than-usual restrictions may be in store for salmon fishing from Longview downriver because of a poor forecast for Cowlitz River springers. Bill Monroe, OregonLive.com, "New sea lion wrinkle in the Willamette River threatens sturgeon," 20 Feb. 2018 Clackamas River springers: After a robust forecast of more than 8,000 fish this past year, the run returned a disappointing - and as yet unexplained - 4,300 fish, mostly wild. Bill Monroe, OregonLive.com, "Spring salmon outlook is neither great nor poor," 16 Dec. 2017 But, sometimes, you’ll be stopped by a friendly face reminiscing about his or her favorite dog—who just happened to be a springer, too. Patricia Weigel Shannon, Southern Living, "9 Things Every Springer Spaniel Owner Knows," 2 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of springer

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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