Definition of spring-loaded in US English:



  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When closed, the lid is held with a spring-loaded lock.’
    • ‘In the market I found almost everyone sold heavy, serrated, spring-loaded metal rattraps.’
    • ‘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.’



/ˈˌsprɪŋ ˈˌloʊdəd//ˈˌspriNG ˈˌlōdəd/