from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Secured or loaded by means of a spring.

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  • adj. Of a mechanical device, containing a spring that holds a component in a particular position.

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  • adj. containing a compressed spring that presses one part against another


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  • Or the spring-loaded longshoreman's hooks built into his gauntlets ... yanno, for combat or climbing.

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  • Dude makes homemade spring-loaded Wolverine*-style claws and uses them to fight evil in the form of a cardboard box.

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  • In 1904, Anderson applied for a patent for her solution to the problem: a lever that, when operated by the driver, made a spring-loaded arm wipe off the windshield and swing back to its original location.

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  • The shooter would put the spring-loaded device into the birds' cage it resembles a small, wooden dog and scare them into flight with the yank of a cord.

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  • The result is a spring-loaded funk band that has all of the trampoline punch of its Memphis forebears—Booker T. & the MGs, the Mar-Keys, the Bar-Kays and Pac-Keys.

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  • If he has all the basics — at least one grill, a wire cleaning brush, spring-loaded tongs and a food thermometer — consider getting him a cool accessory.

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  • Be sure to check out the "making of" video for lots of sweet little notes, like the spring-loaded tug-knob that works like a pinball launcher, which turns on the machine and spins up a flywheel, making the whole thing feel mechanical rather than electric.

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  • This five-passenger car has Westinghouse air shock absorbers, and a spring-loaded front bumper, and when introduced was the only car with a one-piece windshield.

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  • The front passenger seat, on the other hand, has a spring-loaded slide mechanism situated in such a way that when you pull on it, the seat will clobber you in the temple.

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  • Maybe I'm just out of the loop, but I recently heard a term for the traditional spring-loaded mousetrap: the SnapTrap.

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