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launch pad

or launchpad

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.
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
1955-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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
  • 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
  • Nowhere was there any sign of a launching pad, with its gantries and cranes and jet baffles.

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British Dictionary definitions for launching pad

launch pad

a platform from which a spacecraft, rocket, etc, is launched
an effective starting point for a career, enterprise, or campaign
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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