Definition of trampoline in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtrampəliːn//ˌtrampəˈliːn/


  • 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 (sense 1 of the noun)
    • ‘But the highlight for my children was probably the three trampolines, equipped with safety nets to stop them falling off.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Starting out, I spent a lot of time on the trampoline getting comfortable landing on my back.’
    • ‘They headed down through his back yard, pausing momentarily for Matt to show off yet again, by doing a back flip off the trampoline.’
    • ‘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 an award-winning troupe of 11 gymnasts perform simultaneously on trampolines.’
    • ‘Basketball hoops were on either side of the rectangular room and a gymnastic trampoline stood in the far left corner of the room.’
    • ‘And the community child federation has asked all parents to stop hogging up playtime on the various trampolines throughout the area.’
    • ‘At home he exercised on a trampoline and chinning bar and did roadwork like a prizefighter.’
    • ‘She is hoping for a CD player and a trampoline because she attends gymnastics in Portlaoise.’
    • ‘The trampoline and safety nets were valued at more than £400 and would have taken thieves some time to dismantle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The World Cup is not a mattress to lie back on, it is a trampoline from which to spring to a new era.’
    • ‘Surely he should have been safely caught in the trampoline like net and bounced to safety?’
    • ‘Gone will be the trampolines, table tennis tables and badminton nets that occupy the main auditorium on weekday nights when there is no concert.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The trampoline area is also good with the bigger kids.’
    • ‘In previous incidents trampolines have been vandalised and on one occasion a knife was left in the playground.’
    • ‘The two plates in this system work like a trampoline, flexing on impact, then springing back.’


[no object]usually as noun trampolining
  • 1Do acrobatic or gymnastic exercises on a trampoline as a recreation or sport.

    ‘his hobby is trampolining’
    • ‘This will include the development of such spin-offs of this sport as aerobics, sports dancing and trampolining.’
    • ‘The children also joined in a sports day, tried out trampolining and experimented with arts and crafts.’
    • ‘‘When I was younger I did gymnastics and trampolining and then I used to horse-ride loads,’ she said.’
    • ‘Sports on offer this summer include short tennis, gymnastics, basketball, trampolining and table tennis.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Meantime, the children enjoyed the huge range of activities from water-skiing to football, go-karting, trampolining and lots of strictly supervised swimming.’
    • ‘Every Monday she teaches them juggling, acrobatics, trampolining, tumbling, trapeze work, stilt-walking and gumboot dancing.’
    • ‘I used to really enjoy Tae Kwon Do, swimming and 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.’
    • ‘The Dome would be the venue for gymnastics, trampolining, basketball and handball.’
    • ‘I would personally love to play volleyball and do trampolining again, but I don't know where I could do so!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Among the winners were some who are involved in lesser-profiled sports, including canoe polo, ice skating, trampolining, and even bare-foot waterskiing.’
    • ‘It will recommend that schools introduce new exercise classes such as boxercise, trampolining, aerobics and yoga to lure teenagers off the couch.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A wide range of sporting activities includes gymnastics, netball, hockey, trampolining, rowing and skiing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1no 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.’
      • ‘Shockingly she used her umbrella as a shield and said snowball simply trampolined off the umbrella and broke on the ground.’
      • ‘He jumped off the table to the mattress, trampolined off that to the Gold Mountain trunk and onto the chair.’


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