• WordNet 3.6
    • n springboard a beginning from which an enterprise is launched "he uses other people's ideas as a springboard for his own","reality provides the jumping-off point for his illusions","the point of departure of international comparison cannot be an institution but must be the function it carries out"
    • n springboard a flexible board for jumping upward
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Springboard An elastic board, secured at the ends, or at one end, often by elastic supports, used in performing feats of agility or in exercising.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n springboard An elastic board used in vaulting, etc.
    • n springboard In lumbering, a short, board, shod atone end with an iron calk, which is inserted in a notch cut in a tree, on which the faller stands while felling the tree.
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  • Les Brown
    “You must think of failure and defeat as the springboards to new achievements or to the next level of accomplishment.”
  • Ivern Ball
    Ivern Ball
    “The past should be a springboard, not a hammock.”


In literature:

I've always had a horror of being married for a living or for a home or as an experiment or a springboard.
"The Grain Of Dust" by David Graham Phillips
The steel had seized on Peer, and used him as a springboard.
"The Great Hunger" by Johan Bojer
I reckon you've a springboard and a buckskin in the barn over there?
"Bunch Grass" by Horace Annesley Vachell
Off to one side she saw the fallers climb up on their springboards.
"Big Timber" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
When it had gaped wide enough the men hopped down from their springboards, laid aside their axes, and betook themselves to the saw.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
The divers jump, feet first, out of the water to the springboard.
"The Photoplay" by Hugo Münsterberg
It is the springboard on which they perform and parade their all embracing personalities.
"Musical Memories" by Camille Saint-Saëns
Two men on their springboards, six feet above the ground, plying an eight-foot saw.
"Burned Bridges" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
The "standing-sitting dive" must be made from a good springboard.
"Swimming Scientifically Taught" by Frank Eugen Dalton and Louis C. Dalton
We fixed up a regular bathing pool with springboard complete.
"The Seventeenth Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Battalion)" by Various

In news:

Ilya Zakharov of Russia scored 104.50 points on his last dive to win the 3-meter springboard at the London Olympics .
The mere appearance on a Saturday Evening Post cover could be a springboard to fame.
Jon Morris has been a theater producer, social entrepreneur, champion springboard diver—and an artist, in which last capacity he serves as director of New York-based arts collective The Windmill Factory.
SpringBoard®, from the College Board, gives students in a Florida district a leg up on college readiness.
With the arrival of spring, you probably are anxiously anticipating a substantial increase in business during the coming months that could act as a much-needed economic springboard for the remainder of 2010 and beyond.
Tucson Parks and Rec's Springboard Diving Classes.
PROGRAM The third annual ACRL Springboard Event was held on May 5, 2010.
Sox hope win is springboard for greater success.
Kptm.com Springboard Academy Announces Start of Winter Term.
Springboard is a great opportunity to get kids thinking about how science and technology effects their lives.
76ERS NOTES Meeks uses end of Game 3 as springboard.
The McKnight Foundation today announced Springboard for the Arts will temporarily assume administration of the foundation's dance and choreography fellowships.
Use Valentine's Day as a Springboard to Divorce-proofing Your Marriage.
The Springboard provides clients with simple website administration through user-friendly drag-and-drop content management and quick, easy navigation through search tools and user-based shortcuts.
Glendale school board not quite the political springboard.

In science:

Al Harper and John Bally, and later John Carlstrom, made possible our participation in the early years of the CARA venture there, and this gave us the springboard to take our program to the high plateau.
Astronomy in Antarctica
The use of smooth sequences in the construction of In provides the springboard for Part 2 of this paper, on the limits of oscillatory sequences and on some elementary applied mathematics applications of limits on sequences.
Banishing divergence Part 1: Infinite numbers as the limit of sequences of real numbers
The springboard for the present library was the need to properly solve these problems, inasmuch as this was regarded as one of the most promising prerequisites for all further advanced developments in machine processing of mathematical texts.
The GF Mathematics Library
The alphabet LBAS is a natural springboard for topological model theory: Allow extra relation and function symbols to range over points, and build various languages from there.
A Survey of Ultraproduct Constructions in General Topology
These were the original motivational springboard of the modern pentaquark era.
Pentaquarks: Theory overview, and some more about quark models