tram·​po·​line ˌtram-pə-ˈlēn How to pronounce trampoline (audio)
: a resilient sheet or web (as of nylon) supported by springs in a metal frame and used as a springboard and landing area in tumbling
ˌtram-pə-ˈlē-nər How to pronounce trampoline (audio)
ˌtram-pə-ˈlē-nist How to pronounce trampoline (audio)

Examples of trampoline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So does hitting the trampoline at the correct moment while a basketball is hovering in the air, waiting to be snatched up and thrown down in an acrobatic dunk. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 28 Mar. 2024 Altitude Trampoline’s various indoor parks offer an array of activities, in addition to trampoline jumping. George Avalos, The Mercury News, 7 Mar. 2024 Among the attractions are a Ninja running course, dodgeball, a zipline, a competitive playground, a trampoline basketball dunk area, as well as activities for smaller children and toddlers. George Avalos, The Mercury News, 7 Mar. 2024 Jumping for therapy In a middle-class residential neighborhood Nairobi, two young brothers are jumping and giggling with their dad on an indoor trampoline. Scovian Lillian, NPR, 26 Feb. 2024 Kincaid developed his hand-eye coordination by climbing on a trampoline and catching passes from his father. John Wawrow, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2024 Continue your relaxation with Kathleen D Sailing Catamarans to sprawl out on the trampoline under the sun and sails, hunt for dolphins, or catch the sunset from the water. Angela Caraway-Carlton, Miami Herald, 22 Feb. 2024 There’s also a chance to slam dunk like your favorite NBA players (with the help of trampolines, of course) for those of us who have a harder time getting off the ground. Chris Biderman, Sacramento Bee, 17 Feb. 2024 Mammoth Mountain has a trampoline facility and airbags in the spring that athletes can train on, building muscle memory for their tricks before bringing them to snow. Michelle Bruton, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024

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Word History


Italian trampolino springboard, from trampoli stilts, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Low German trampen to stamp

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trampoline was in 1798

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Cite this Entry

“Trampoline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


tram·​po·​line ˌtram-pə-ˈlēn How to pronounce trampoline (audio)
: a canvas sheet supported by springs in a metal frame used for springing and landing in acrobatic tumbling

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