half gainer


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half gainer

n.
A dive in which the diver springs from the board facing forward, rotates backward in the air in a half backward somersault, and enters the water headfirst, facing the board.

half gainer

n
(Swimming, Water Sports & Surfing) a type of dive in which the diver completes a half backward somersault to enter the water headfirst facing the diving board. Compare gainer

gain•er

(ˈgeɪ nər)

n.
1. a person or thing that gains.
2. a dive in which the diver takes off facing forward and performs a backward rotation, executing either a complete somersault with entry feetfirst into the water (full gainer) or a half-somersault with entry headfirst (half gainer).
[1530–40]
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Noun1.half gainer - a dive in which the diver throws the feet forward and up to complete a half backward somersault and enters the water facing the diving board
dive, diving - a headlong plunge into water
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