Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The load which can be applied to a spring to compress, deflect, or extend it without setting it down solid or straining it, beyond its elastic resiliency; the normal weight on a spring.

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Examples

  • The offspring of the queen would possess preexisting features—a “behavioral ground plan”—that could spring-load eusocial life.

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  • 'I think they spring-load these mothers!' she moaned before returning to the topic of the day.

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  • When a tasty treat swims by, a nurse shark stretches its mouth way open to spring-load the jaw before rapidly snapping down on the small prey.

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  • Why energy bending your knees at every turn, when you can spring-load your legs with a pair of plastic shock absorbers hidden beneath your fashionably baggy ski pants?

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  • In Snow Leopard you can go to the image, drag it to the Mail icon in the Dock, and your e-mail window will spring-load, allowing you to drop the image into place.

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