[tram-puh-leen, tram-puh-leen, -lin]
- a sheet, usually of canvas, attached by resilient cords or springs to a horizontal frame several feet above the floor, used by acrobats and gymnasts as a springboard in tumbling.
- Nautical. a fabric deck stretched on the braces connecting the hulls of a catamaran or trimaran, resembling a gymnastic trampoline.
Origin of trampoline
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- a tough canvas sheet suspended by springs or elasticated cords from a frame, used by acrobats, gymnasts, etc
- (intr) to exercise on a trampoline
C18: via Spanish from Italian trampolino, from trampoli stilts, of Germanic origin; compare trample
Word Origin and History for trampoline
1798, from Spanish trampolin "springboard," and Italian trampolino, from trampoli "stilts," from a Germanic source (cf. Low German trampeln "trample") related to tramp.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper