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 Next weekend’s feature will be Saturday’s 81st running of the Grade II, $300,000 San Diego Handicap — a springboard to the $1 million Pacific Classic. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 July 2022 The move is pitched as a springboard for Thai artists to export their creativity to music lovers around the world. Patrick Frater, Variety, 11 July 2022 However, the thorough design and analysis of this study provides a springboard for further research to be done on the connection between acupuncture and chronic tension headaches, Wolf said. Rachel Fadem, CNN, 29 June 2022 Hayward Field — the first time the meet has been held in the U.S. — acting as a springboard for fans’ interest that USATF hopes its upcoming domestic circuit can then hold. Los Angeles Times, 18 July 2022 While the deficit proved too large to overcome, Mt. Hebron will look to use this season as a springboard for success moving forward. Jacob Steinberg, Baltimore Sun, 26 May 2022 Pivoting starred Eliza Coupe, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Maggie Q as women who use the death of a friend as a springboard for impulsive life changes. Sara Netzley, EW.com, 14 May 2022 To modernize the show further, Kepley and her staff used Dumas’ 17th-century setting as a springboard for their imaginations and then took creative liberties with the set, costume and sound designs. cleveland, 2 May 2022 The spokesperson added that Russia’s current action in Transnistria pointed to Russia’s willingness to use the region as a springboard for further violence against both Ukraine and the neighboring republic of Moldova. NBC News, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 11 Aug. 2022.

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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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