1. One who, or that which, springs; specifically, one who rouses game.

2. A young plant.

3. The impost, or point at which an arch rests upon its support, and from which it seems to spring. Hence: The bottom stone of an arch, which lies on the impost. The skew back is one form of springer.

The rib of a groined vault, as being the solid abutment for each section of vaulting.

4. <zoology> The grampus.

5. <zoology> A variety of the field spaniel. See Spaniel.

6. <zoology> A species of antelope; the sprinkbok.

(01 Mar 1998)

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