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From Middle English overspringen, equivalent to over- +‎ spring. Compare Dutch overspringen, German überspringen.


overspring (third-person singular simple present oversprings, present participle overspringing, simple past oversprang, past participle oversprung)

  1. (transitive) To overtop; overclimb; rise above; spring or leap over.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for overspring in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)