Definition of springboard in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsprɪŋbɔːd/


1A strong, flexible board from which someone may jump in order to gain added impetus when performing a dive or a gymnastic movement.
Example sentences
  • Last night I was watching some rather odd ‘synchronised diving’, where two blokes jumped off a springboard at the same time and then were marked by a panel of judges.
  • Without a warm up, or even adjusting the setting of the springboard, she ran down the runway and performed a Tsukhara, a vault that few women were capable of at the time.
  • On her second vault, her right foot missed the springboard and she crashed into and over the vault.
1.1A thing that lends impetus or assistance to a particular action, enterprise, or development: an economic plan that may be the springboard for recovery
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  • Innovative economies and societies place a high value on science, research, and creativity as springboards for growth and development.
  • But dollar weakness should provide the springboard for an export-led recovery in US manufacturing in due course.
  • The project will also act as a springboard for other initiatives that help to promote integration of non-nationals within the local community.
2Canadian & Australian A platform fixed to the side of a tree and used by a lumberjack when working at some height from the ground.

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