springboard

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Diving springboard
Springboard in gymnastics

Etymology[edit]

spring +‎ board

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Noun[edit]

springboard (plural springboards)

  1. A diving board consisting of a flexible, springy, cantilevered platform, used for diving into water.
  2. (gymnastics) A small platform on springs and usually hinged at one end, used to launch or vault onto other equipment.
  3. (figuratively) Anything that gives a person or thing energy or impulse, or that serves to launch or begin something.
    The opportunity served a springboard to their success.
    • 1960 March, J. P. Wilson & E. N. C. Haywood, “The route through the Peak - Derby to Manchester: Part One”, in Trains Illustrated, page 148:
      It was the section of the North Midland Railway from Derby to Ambergate which provided the springboard for a scheme that took shape in the early part of 1845 for a route through the Peak to Manchester.

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springboard (third-person singular simple present springboards, present participle springboarding, simple past and past participle springboarded)

  1. (transitive) To launch or propel as if from a springboard, especially toward political office.
    • 2007 October 4, Jennifer Steinhauer, “In Ballot Fight, California Gets a Taste of ’08”, in New York Times[1]:
      Such a change could amount to a seismic shift in the nation’s electoral dynamics, potentially springboarding a Republican into the White House, and the possibility has animated hopeful Republicans and fearful Democrats.