One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Containing a compressed or stretched spring pressing one part against another.‘a spring-loaded clothespin’
- ‘This knife was like a switchblade, except that the blade was spring-loaded to shoot straight out of the handle and lock when you pressed the release button, rather than opening sideways.’
- ‘In the market I found almost everyone sold heavy, serrated, spring-loaded metal rattraps.’
- ‘When closed, the lid is held with a spring-loaded lock.’
- ‘The doors are spring-loaded so that, at the point of being halfway closed, the spring will take over and slam the door shut and hold it closed.’
- ‘If you enter the correct code, a spring-loaded door pops open, but a built-in computer will block access if five wrong codes are entered.’
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