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launch pad

or launchpad

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 called launching pad, pad.
Origin of launch pad
1955-1960
1955-60
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  • The ship stood tall and straight on her launching pad, with the afternoon sunlight glinting on her hull.

    Star Surgeon Alan Nourse
  • They could trace the thing back to its launching pad, of course, and they nabbed Malcom Porter.

    By Proxy Gordon Randall Garrett
  • "You'll get used to it," Tiger Martin chuckled as they waited for the jitney to take them across to the launching pad.

    Star Surgeon Alan Nourse
  • Nowhere was there any sign of a launching pad, with its gantries and cranes and jet baffles.

    By Proxy Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The first sunshine glinted on the two rockets and their single, attendant gantry tower, waiting on the launching pad.

    The Planet Strappers Raymond Zinke Gallun
British Dictionary definitions for launching 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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Slang definitions & phrases for launching pad

launching pad

noun phrase

shooting gallery (1960s+ Narcotics)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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