- 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.
- to impel or launch on or as if on a springboard.
Origin of springboard
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Examples from the Web for springboard
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Now other defendants are using his case as a springboard to plead for leniency.A New Defense for Pedophiles
August 18, 2010
The steel had seized on Peer, and used him as a springboard.The Great Hunger
When you jump down on the end of a springboard, it throws you into the air.Common Science
Carleton W. Washburne
First of all, there was a simple somersault from the springboard.The Young Acrobat of the Great North American Circus
Horatio Alger Jr.
From the springboard of this incident, there emerged several occurrences of note.Ten From Infinity
Paul W. Fairman
The crosspiece at the rear is cut on the angle of the springboard.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2
- a flexible board, usually projecting low over the water, used for diving
- a similar board used for gaining height or momentum in gymnastics
- Australian and 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
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Word Origin and History for springboard
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