Meaning of springboard

spring•board

Pronunciation: (spring'bôrd", -bōrd"), [key]
— n.
  1. a flexible board, projecting over water, from which divers leap or spring.
  2. a flexible board used as a takeoff in vaulting, tumbling, etc., to increase the height of leaps.
  3. something that supplies the impetus or conditions for a beginning, change, or progress; a point of departure: a lecture to serve as a springboard for a series of seminars.
—v.t., v.i.
  1. to impel or launch on or as if on a springboard.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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