[ 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

tram·po·lin·er, tram·po·lin·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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


(intr) to exercise on a trampoline

Derived Forms

trampoliner or trampolinist, noun

Word Origin for trampoline

C18: via Spanish from Italian trampolino, from trampoli stilts, of Germanic origin; compare trample
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