handsprung

handspring

[hand-spring]
noun
1.
an acrobatic feat in which one starts from a standing position and wheels the body forward or backward in a complete circle, landing first on the hands and then on the feet, without contact by the rest of the body.
verb (used without object), handsprang, handsprung, handspringing.
2.
to perform a handspring.
Compare somersault.


Origin:
1870–75; hand + spring

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handspring (ˈhændˌsprɪŋ)
 
n
a gymnastic feat in which a person starts from a standing position and leaps forwards or backwards into a handstand and then onto his feet

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