launch·​pad | \ ˈlȯnch-ˌpad How to pronounce launchpad (audio) , ˈlänch-\

Definition of launchpad

: a nonflammable platform from which a rocket, launch vehicle, or guided missile can be launched

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Founded by native New Yorker Colm Dillane, the streetwear-centric label is part of this season’s mini migration of American brands testing Paris as a launchpad. Amy Verner, Vogue, "Colm Dillane’s Kidsuper Show Is the Breakout Surprise of the Paris Menswear Shows So Far," 21 June 2019 In remote New Zealand, from a launchpad adjacent to a giant sheep pasture, a company called Rocket Lab is sending innovative, low-cost rockets bearing satellites into low Earth orbit. National Geographic, "Countdown to a new era inSpace," 17 June 2019 Vega launches are fun to watch because the relatively light rocket ascends rapidly from its launchpad. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Vega soars, Delta 2 end nears, hearing a Falcon Heavy launch," 24 Aug. 2018 All to say that for young designers, there are few better launchpads than the LVMH Prize. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Want to Make It in Fashion? The LVMH Prize Is Now Accepting 2019 Applications," 18 Dec. 2018 Winfrey’s nationally syndicated talk show became a launchpad for a global media empire that turned her into a billionaire. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "Oprah Winfrey’s weirdly revealing Donald Trump interview — from 1988," 8 Jan. 2018 The mayor’s spot has in the past been a launchpad for the presidency. William Kazer, WSJ, "Tension With China Casts Shadow on Taiwan Election," 22 Nov. 2018 The base, built by U.S. forces in 1944, was used as a launchpad to retake the Pacific from Japanese forces and support the American campaign to liberate the Philippines. Rachel Pannett, WSJ, "U.S., China Clash Over Trade, Security at Pacific Summit," 17 Nov. 2018 Additionally, Boeing was going to do another type of test at the end of this summer to try out the Starliner’s pad abort system, a setup that is meant to keep future passengers safe in case something goes wrong on the launchpad. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Boeing delays first crucial test flights of its new passenger spacecraft again," 1 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of launchpad

1958, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of launchpad

: an area from which a rocket is launched


launch·​pad | \ ˈlȯnch-ˌpad How to pronounce launchpad (audio) \

Kids Definition of launchpad

: a nonflammable platform from which a rocket can be launched

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