trampoline

[tram-puh-leen, tram-puh-leen, -lin]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. 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 formstram·po·lin·er, tram·po·lin·ist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for trampoline

trampoline

noun
  1. a tough canvas sheet suspended by springs or elasticated cords from a frame, used by acrobats, gymnasts, etc
verb
  1. (intr) to exercise on a trampoline
Derived Formstrampoliner 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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Word Origin and History for trampoline
n.

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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