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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The offspring of the queen would possess preexisting features—a “behavioral ground plan”—that could spring-load eusocial life.
'I think they spring-load these mothers!' she moaned before returning to the topic of the day.
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.
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?
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.