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[spring-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈsprɪŋˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
a flexible board, projecting over water, from which divers leap or spring.
a flexible board used as a takeoff in vaulting, tumbling, etc., to increase the height of leaps.
something that supplies the impetus or conditions for a beginning, change, or progress; a point of departure:
a lecture to serve as a springboard for a series of seminars.
verb (used with or without object)
to impel or launch on or as if on a springboard.
Origin of springboard
First recorded in 1865-70; spring + board Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The crosspiece at the rear is cut on the angle of the springboard.

  • The steel had seized on Peer, and used him as a springboard.

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
  • From the springboard of this incident, there emerged several occurrences of note.

    Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman
  • First of all, there was a simple somersault from the springboard.

  • But hesitating as appears Bergeret, he utilises his wife's treachery as a springboard from which to fly his miserable household.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • There, just below them was the springboard an inch or two above the surface of the lake.

    Tom Slade's Double Dare Percy Keese Fitzhugh
British Dictionary definitions for springboard


a flexible board, usually projecting low over the water, used for diving
a similar board used for gaining height or momentum in gymnastics
(Austral & NZ) a board inserted into the trunk of a tree at some height above the ground on which a lumberjack stands to chop down the tree
anything that serves as a point of departure or initiation
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for springboard

1799, from spring (v.) + board (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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