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1. a flexible board, usually projecting low over the water, used for diving
2. a similar board used for gaining height or momentum in gymnastics
3. Austral and NZ a board inserted into the trunk of a tree at some height above the ground on which a lumberjack stands to chop down the tree



a flexible board used by athletes in various sports to take off in the execution of jumps.

The springboard used by divers measures 4.8–5 m in length and 0.5 m in width. It is usually made of specially shaped Duralumin alloys and has a rough surface, sometimes with a runner of coconut wood. The springboard may be 1 m, 3 m, 5 m, 7.5 m, or 10 m above the water.

The springboard or takeoff board used in gymnastics and acrobatics and for training in track and field is an inclined board with a solid base. The degree of elasticity of the board is controlled by the position of a wedge or spring fastened between the board and the base.

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Springboard began as a user interface to help credit unions better access data and business intelligence from big box, third-party platform processing systems, like those managed by First Data, a long-time CO-OP Financial Services partner.
Women from any of the company's sites can attend and there are no restrictions or qualifying criteria other than self-nomination - and support from line management," said Jan Morris, of Ruby Tuesday Training, an experienced freelance - and licensed Springboard - trainer who has delivered over 40 Springboard programmes for Rolls-Royce plc since 1997.
Cecille El Beleidi, deputy head of mission at the British embassy in Doha, said: "I am delighted to be participating in the Springboard Annual Gala Dinner organised by the British Council and Qatari Businesswomen's Association on the occasion of International Women's Day.
Grant Scicluna s award-winning Springboard short film The Wilding travelled the world, screening in festivals including the Berlin International Film Festival.
While direct instruction is a component of the program, the SpringBoard curriculum relies on facilitation by the teacher, whose role is to keep students on track toward a learning goal.
Practical exercises gave delegates the opportunity to learn from each other and perfect their training techniques, to ensure that they meet the Springboard Consultancy's high standards for training.
During the first week of Springboard, dancers take workshops with all four or five artistic directors, who by the weekend have made up a cast wish-list.
By developing the Springboard Grow-On project we can provide expansion space for the businesses nurtured by Springboard Business Centre and free up space for more tenants.
According to their attorney's response, they believed their work with Springboard, rather than being a conflict of interest, was "very much a part of their official duties" to foster the growth of woman-owned businesses.
Self-registration option aids administrators by letting each user self-register to SpringBoard.
According to the Springboard-licensed trainer, Lisa Baker, of the Melbourne-based training and facilitation consultancy, Kaleidoscope Consulting, "Generally, participants hope that Springboard can help them meet their various current challenges.