Definition of trampoline in English:



  • A strong fabric sheet connected by springs to a frame, used as a springboard and landing area in doing acrobatic or gymnastic exercises.

    See also rebounder
    • ‘At home he exercised on a trampoline and chinning bar and did roadwork like a prizefighter.’
    • ‘Both guys were jumping on the regular bed, which evidently belonged to Todd, because they had already put their sheets on the two bunks and their new trampoline had no sheets at all.’
    • ‘Gone will be the trampolines, table tennis tables and badminton nets that occupy the main auditorium on weekday nights when there is no concert.’
    • ‘In previous incidents trampolines have been vandalised and on one occasion a knife was left in the playground.’
    • ‘Experience in gymnastics or on a trampoline helps a lot, as it teaches control and manipulation of one's body as it moves unpredictably through space.’
    • ‘They headed down through his back yard, pausing momentarily for Matt to show off yet again, by doing a back flip off the trampoline.’
    • ‘In their most relaxed mode, the performers bounce from trampolines to execute gymnasts' feats aloft, intermittently seizing monkey-bar poles overhead and holding hands in space.’
    • ‘The trampoline area is also good with the bigger kids.’
    • ‘She is hoping for a CD player and a trampoline because she attends gymnastics in Portlaoise.’
    • ‘Starting out, I spent a lot of time on the trampoline getting comfortable landing on my back.’
    • ‘The two plates in this system work like a trampoline, flexing on impact, then springing back.’
    • ‘But the highlight for my children was probably the three trampolines, equipped with safety nets to stop them falling off.’
    • ‘The World Cup is not a mattress to lie back on, it is a trampoline from which to spring to a new era.’
    • ‘Hazel, whose diary is fully booked, takes clients for walks and bike rides and takes trampolines and skipping ropes to their houses for toning exercises.’
    • ‘And an award-winning troupe of 11 gymnasts perform simultaneously on trampolines.’
    • ‘I felt like if he snapped his fingers, I would turn some wicked somersaults, spring off a trampoline, and dive into a routine directly from the page of a gymnastics handbook.’
    • ‘And the community child federation has asked all parents to stop hogging up playtime on the various trampolines throughout the area.’
    • ‘Basketball hoops were on either side of the rectangular room and a gymnastic trampoline stood in the far left corner of the room.’
    • ‘The trampoline and safety nets were valued at more than £400 and would have taken thieves some time to dismantle.’
    • ‘Surely he should have been safely caught in the trampoline like net and bounced to safety?’


  • 1 Do acrobatic or gymnastic exercises on a trampoline as a recreation or sport.

    ‘his hobby is trampolining’
    • ‘The 80,000 sqm Millennium Dome would be home to gymnastics, trampolining, basketball and handball finals and to crowds of more than 20,000.’
    • ‘I never had access to something like this but it means things like trampolining, which are the skills needed for stunts, can be done in a safe environment.’
    • ‘This will include the development of such spin-offs of this sport as aerobics, sports dancing and trampolining.’
    • ‘The children's club will still continue over half term, with activities such as trampolining, gymnastics and a bouncy castle, as well as visits from groups such as the police and fire brigade.’
    • ‘I can play, I absolutely adore trampolining, I'm absolutely nuts about it, I cannot get enough of it, and I literally bounce myself silly on the trampoline.’
    • ‘It will recommend that schools introduce new exercise classes such as boxercise, trampolining, aerobics and yoga to lure teenagers off the couch.’
    • ‘Every Monday she teaches them juggling, acrobatics, trampolining, tumbling, trapeze work, stilt-walking and gumboot dancing.’
    • ‘A wide range of sporting activities includes gymnastics, netball, hockey, trampolining, rowing and skiing.’
    • ‘I would personally love to play volleyball and do trampolining again, but I don't know where I could do so!’
    • ‘Among the winners were some who are involved in lesser-profiled sports, including canoe polo, ice skating, trampolining, and even bare-foot waterskiing.’
    • ‘Otherwise how do you account for the fact that after three hours of intensive workouts girls are prepared to have snowball fights until dark or spend hours trampolining?’
    • ‘‘When I was younger I did gymnastics and trampolining and then I used to horse-ride loads,’ she said.’
    • ‘The Dome would be the venue for gymnastics, trampolining, basketball and handball.’
    • ‘Meantime, the children enjoyed the huge range of activities from water-skiing to football, go-karting, trampolining and lots of strictly supervised swimming.’
    • ‘Sports on offer this summer include short tennis, gymnastics, basketball, trampolining and table tennis.’
    • ‘At the moment a number of schemes are running in various schools in the area and include sports as diverse as tae kwon do, judo, soccer, hockey, basketball, trampolining, keep fit and athletics.’
    • ‘The camps offer activities including bouncy castles, mini tennis, games, swimming, football, trampolining, gymnastics, dance, arts and crafts, music, quizzes and videos.’
    • ‘I used to really enjoy Tae Kwon Do, swimming and trampolining.’
    • ‘Most people could find an activity which suits them, whether it is cycling, skiing, walking, archery, trampolining or any of the other many non-school sports.’
    • ‘The children also joined in a sports day, tried out trampolining and experimented with arts and crafts.’
    1. 1.1[no object, with adverbial of direction]Leap or rebound from something with a springy base.
      ‘she trampolined across the bed’
      • ‘His second shot bounced off the roof of the temporary stands, then trampolined off another tent.’
      • ‘He jumped off the table to the mattress, trampolined off that to the Gold Mountain trunk and onto the chair.’
      • ‘Shockingly she used her umbrella as a shield and said snowball simply trampolined off the umbrella and broke on the ground.’


Late 18th century: from Italian trampolino, from trampoli stilts.