spring·​board | \ ˈspriŋ-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce springboard (audio) \
plural springboards

Definition of springboard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a flexible board usually secured at one end and used for gymnastic stunts or diving
2 : something that helps launch an activity, enterprise, etc. … hopes motherhood will be the springboard that relaunches her stagnant acting career.— Roy S. Johnson … Ueberroth is denying claims that he will use the Games as a springboard to high political office.— Ray Kennedy


springboarded; springboarding; springboards

Definition of springboard (Entry 2 of 2)

1 intransitive : to launch upward from or as if from a springboard … cloud-scraping 60-meter punts pulling a half-dozen bodies skyward, each trying to springboard off the small of the other's back …— Gary Smith
2 transitive + intransitive : to start or help start something (such as an activity or enterprise) The company has spent heavily to establish a brand name and reputation from scratch, with no brick-and-mortar stores to springboard its efforts.— Chris O'Malley Fortunately I got the approval, and that springboarded the work.— Andrew Grant

Examples of springboard in a Sentence

Noun The news served as a springboard for a class discussion.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Was that first season as a starter a springboard to something else, or his ceiling? Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 27 May 2021 Another issue facing Europe is that U.S.-listed SPACs offer potential takeover targets a springboard for geographic expansion, SPAC sponsors said. Ben Dummett, WSJ, 21 May 2021 Other businesses may want to affect change in other ways, and the big-picture mission is a necessary springboard for both establishing company values and creating a framework for sustainable growth. Vijay Sundaram, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Perhaps her showing at the Pan-American Weightlifting Championships will be a springboard toward the next, condensed Olympic cycle, so long as the sport remains on the program. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 May 2021 The two-hour movie version on USA Network is considered a potential springboard for a new TV drama series. Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 May 2021 There is an opportunity to use the JUCO experience as a potential springboard to earning scholarships ranging from Division I to National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics college teams. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, 13 May 2021 Bacon won a silver on 3-meter, becoming the first female springboard diver from the United States to win a World Cup medal since 1989. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 11 May 2021 Sarah Bacon’s springboard silver was the first American medal in that Cup event since 1989. BostonGlobe.com, 8 May 2021

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First Known Use of springboard


circa 1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Springboard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/springboard. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of springboard

: a strong, flexible board that is used for jumping very high in gymnastics or diving
: something that helps you start an activity or process


spring·​board | \ ˈspriŋ-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce springboard (audio) \

Kids Definition of springboard

: a flexible board usually fastened at one end and used for jumping high in the air in gymnastics or diving

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