Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A device for snaring small game, made by attaching a noose to a branch under tension.
  • noun A trap or snare.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To catch in a springe.
  • To set springes; catch game by means of springes.
  • noun A noose or snare for catching small game; a gin.
  • To sprinkle.
  • Active; nimble; brisk; agile.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb rare To catch in a springe; to insnare.
  • transitive verb obsolete To sprinkle; to scatter.
  • noun A noose fastened to an elastic body, and drawn close with a sudden spring, whereby it catches a bird or other animal; a gin; a snare.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb obsolete To sprinkle; to scatter.
  • noun obsolete snare

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, branch, spring; see spring.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old English sprengen. See sprinkle.

Examples

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  • Noose, trap, snare for small game animals.

    August 28, 2009

  • E.g. woodcocks.

    August 28, 2009