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launch pad

noun
1.
the platform on which a missile or launch vehicle undergoes final prelaunch checkout and countdown and from which it is launched from the surface of the earth.
2.
something that serves to launch or initiate:
He used his legal experience as a launch pad for his career in politics.
Also, launchpad.
Also called launching pad, pad.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60
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Examples from the web for launch pad
  • So those two soldiers are on duty at a ballistic rocket launch pad.
  • Currently, a live feed of the launch pad shows the rocket primed to go, but announces a launch delay of unknown duration.
  • It can detect the firing of a long-range missile, anywhere in the world, before that missile has left the launch pad.
British Dictionary definitions for launch pad

launch pad

noun
1.
a platform from which a spacecraft, rocket, etc, is launched
2.
an effective starting point for a career, enterprise, or campaign
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