Definitions

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  • adj. Without a spring or springs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Lacking springs or spring.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lacking in elasticity or vitality

Etymologies

spring +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In this Year of the Tiger, fewer couples than normal are expected to marry, with many having rushed to wed before the end of the last Year of the Ox to avoid the curse of the new "springless" year.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • Mud—squishy, mushy, sticky goo—over the ankles as we tramp through muddy roads to reach our destination; bumps from the springless rickshas, and standing for hours in the drizzling rain.

    The Last Empress

  • Gilbert Willoughby is punished for voicing Luddite ideas complaining about pesky springs by "Coily," an obnoxious, animated spring who subjects him to the hassles of a springless world.

    Archive 2009-05-17

  • Some said he was poor, some said he was a wealthy miser; but he said nothing, never lifted up his bowed head, never varied his shuffling gait by getting his springless foot from the ground.

    Little Dorrit

  • Large, high, springless waggons were waiting for us on this wharf, which, after jolting us along a bad road for some distance, deposited us at the door of the inn at Shediac, where we came for the first time upon the track of the cholera, which had recently devastated all the places along our route.

    The Englishwoman in America

  • I have travelled over miles of corduroy road in a springless waggon, and in a lumber waggon, drawn by oxen, where there was no road at all, but I never experienced anything like the merciless joint-dislocating jolting which I met with in Charlotte Town.

    The Englishwoman in America

  • She was somewhere about thirty-six years of age, thin and tall, reserved and prim, and, like all old maids, seemed puzzled to know which way to look, an expression no longer in keeping with her measured, springless, and hesitating steps.

    The Magic Skin

  • As much as I wanted to collapse on the springless mattress, there was no way I could sleep on these dirty sheets.

    Ms Longshot

  • Before the first street-car line, which was a shambling affair, had been laid on Front Street, the streets of Philadelphia had been crowded with hundreds of springless omnibuses rattling over rough, hard, cobblestones.

    The Financier

  • I went with the long stride of their skirted feet, that slid springless and noiseless from end to end of the garden, and back again.

    Twilight in Italy

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