springboard

[spring-bawrd, -bohrd]

noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for springboarding

springboard

noun

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 springboarding

springboard

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper