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springboard

[spring-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈsprɪŋˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
noun
1.
a flexible board, projecting over water, from which divers leap or spring.
2.
a flexible board used as a takeoff in vaulting, tumbling, etc., to increase the height of leaps.
3.
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 object), verb (used without object)
4.
to impel or launch on or as if on a springboard.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; spring + board
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Examples for springboard
  • It can also be a natural springboard to developing a deeper interest in our own communities and history.
  • He may be thankful if the given palette of colors is rich, if the springboard is light.
  • Every little idea is a springboard when you have writer's block.
  • The extinction of the dinosaurs is a great springboard for a consideration of the risks of climate change.
  • Our natural concepts are as much a hindrance to thought as they are a springboard for it.
  • So his personal and political downfall would hardly seem the springboard for comedy.
  • Of course, they will use this as a springboard to continue to multiply these misleading arguments.
  • It might give them a springboard to continue with better funding if they were doing other sciences as well.
  • The vast energy- and vote-rich state makes for a superb political springboard at any time, but it is especially so now.
  • Now, it kind of serves as a springboard for us to start a company.
British Dictionary definitions for springboard

springboard

/ˈsprɪŋˌbɔːd/
noun
1.
a flexible board, usually projecting low over the water, used for diving
2.
a similar board used for gaining height or momentum in gymnastics
3.
(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
4.
anything that serves as a point of departure or initiation
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Word Origin and History for springboard
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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