One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A strong, flexible board from which someone may jump in order to gain added impetus when performing a dive or a gymnastic movement.
- ‘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.’
- ‘It is unlikely that this type of injury will occur again because the use of mini trampolines, springboards, or any apparatus used to propel a participant has been prohibited since the late 1980s.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Facilities include a 50 meter indoor pool, 1 and 3 meter Durafirm springboards, and a 5 meter and 10 meter platform.’
- ‘On her second vault, her right foot missed the springboard and she crashed into and over the vault.’
- 1.1 A thing that lends impetus or assistance to a particular action, enterprise, or development.‘an economic plan that may be the springboard for recovery’
- ‘The second section of the book is a variation of the first, but instead of using literature as a springboard for his discussion, Ellison uses jazz.’
- ‘There are still many traditional styles of ‘architecture’ that can be the springboards for inspired design.’
- ‘From the moment of his arrival in England, George of Denmark showed no sign of any inclination to use his social position as a springboard for a political career.’
- ‘We hope many girls used our article as a springboard into their own discussions.’
- ‘But dollar weakness should provide the springboard for an export-led recovery in US manufacturing in due course.’
- ‘Innovative economies and societies place a high value on science, research, and creativity as springboards for growth and development.’
- ‘But of the two men, only Marlborough used his social connections to the queen as a springboard for a political and military career.’
- ‘In the end Britain was driven out of the ERM in September 1992, and this proved to be the springboard for an economic recovery.’
- ‘The decision was a springboard for the growing civil rights movement in the United States.’
- ‘The project will also act as a springboard for other initiatives that help to promote integration of non-nationals within the local community.’
- ‘The following quotes and excerpts ought to provide you with a good springboard for further research into the topic.’
- ‘These images helped provide the springboard for lively discussion on the topic.’
- ‘Barnes uses this as the springboard for a wider discussion about the ethics of drug-taking in sport.’
- ‘Many of her peers do not remain in the conservationist movement for long, but use their experience as a springboard to move into business.’
- ‘The league is the most important thing, but we can use this game as a springboard for better league performances.’
- ‘But, what if the school could use these children's passions as a springboard to further learning?’
- ‘In the past, the National junior team has been a springboard to superstardom.’
- ‘What sets the film apart from others is the way in which Mendes employs a seemingly benign and satirical scene like this as a springboard for much larger questions.’
- ‘I hope the book gives some people insight into the lives of the less fortunate, and that the insight will be a springboard to action.’
- ‘He skillfully uses the books under review as a springboard for reassessing a variety of intellectuals, Victorian and modern.’
2Australian Canadian 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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