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spring·er

 (sprĭng′ər)
n.
1. A springer spaniel.
2. A cow about to give birth.
3. Architecture
a. The bottom stone of an arch resting on the impost.
b. The point or place where the curve of an arch or vault begins.

springer

(ˈsprɪŋə)
n
1. (Breeds) short for springer spaniel
2. (Veterinary Science) Also called: springing cow a cow about to give birth
3. a person or thing that springs
4. (Architecture) architect
a. the first and lowest stone of an arch
b. the impost of an arch

spring•er

(ˈsprɪŋ ər)

n.
1. one that springs.
2. the first voussoir above the impost of an arch.
[1350–1400]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.springer - the lowest stone in an arch -- from which it springs
arch - (architecture) a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it
stone - building material consisting of a piece of rock hewn in a definite shape for a special purpose; "he wanted a special stone to mark the site"
2.springer - a cow about to give birth
cow, moo-cow - female of domestic cattle: "`moo-cow' is a child's term"
3.springer - a large spaniel with wavy silky coat usually black or liver and whitespringer - a large spaniel with wavy silky coat usually black or liver and white
spaniel - any of several breeds of small to medium-sized gun dogs with a long silky coat and long frilled ears
English springer, English springer spaniel - a breed having typically a black-and-white coat
Welsh springer spaniel - a red-and-white breed slightly smaller than the English springer spaniel
Translations

springer (spaniel)

nSpringerspaniel m
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