spring-loaded; spring-loading; spring-loads

transitive verb

: to load or secure by means of spring tension or compression

Examples of spring-load in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rarely, an audience roars out of its seats with fervent spontaneity, a visceral launch as if the chairs were spring-loaded. Christopher Smith, Orange County Register, 30 May 2024 Many are supposed to twist on and off; others are spring-loaded. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2024 Phone Attachment Type Perhaps the most common phone attachment is a simple clip, which is spring-loaded to safely grip your phone. Nick Hilden, Popular Mechanics, 13 June 2023 Like most other shears, the pair is spring-loaded, so the blade automatically opens for you. Nor'adila Hepburn, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 May 2023 The story’s romance is appropriately spring-loaded with improbability. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spring-load was in 1914

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“Spring-load.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spring-load. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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