a snare consisting of a noose attached to something under tension, as a bent tree branch
Origin of springeMiddle English sprenge from sprengen from Old English sprengan, to cause to spring, causative of springan, to spring
transitive verbspringed, springe′ing
to snare in a springe
- A device for snaring small game, made by attaching a noose to a branch under tension.
- A trap or snare.
Origin of springeMiddle English branch, spring ; see spring .
(third-person singular simple present springes, present participle springing, simple past and past participle springed)
- To catch in a springe; to ensnare.
- (obsolete) snare
Old English sprengen. See sprinkle.