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[tram-puh-leen, tram-puh-leen, -lin] /ˌtræm pəˈlin, ˈtræm pəˌlin, -lɪn/
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
1790-1800; variant of trampolin < Italian trampolino springboard, equivalent to trampol(i) stilts (< Germanic; see trample) + -ino -ine1
Related forms
trampoliner, trampolinist, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for trampoline


/ˈtræmpəlɪn; -ˌliːn/
a tough canvas sheet suspended by springs or elasticated cords from a frame, used by acrobats, gymnasts, etc
(intransitive) to exercise on a trampoline
Derived Forms
trampoliner, trampolinist, noun
Word Origin
C18: via Spanish from Italian trampolino, from trampoli stilts, of Germanic origin; compare trample
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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.

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trampoline in Technology

An incredibly hairy technique, found in some HLL and program-overlay implementations (e.g. on the Macintosh), that involves on-the-fly generation of small executable (and, likely as not, self-modifying) code objects to do indirection between code sections. These pieces of live data are called "trampolines". Trampolines are notoriously difficult to understand in action; in fact, it is said by those who use this term that the trampoline that doesn't bend your brain is not the true trampoline. See also snap.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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