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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To sprinkle; to scatter.
  • n. snare

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • transitive v. To catch in a springe; to insnare.
  • transitive v. To sprinkle; to scatter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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


Middle English, branch, spring; see spring.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English sprengen. See sprinkle. (Wiktionary)



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