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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Recent Examples on the Web Baby boomers have always supported those groups, but Generation X is responsible for the rise of Phish in the early-to-mid 1990s, with college markets offering an important launchpad. John Wenzel, The Know, "Are we just high, or is Colorado the No. 1 market for jam bands?," 9 Sep. 2019 Trump’s tweet, by contrast, clearly shows damaged vehicles and large writing around the ring of the launchpad. Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times, "Trump denies U.S. responsibility for destruction of Iranian rocket launch," 30 Aug. 2019 According to a 2014 report by the Union of Concerned Scientists, sea level rise threatens sites ranging from Faneuil Hall, where the Sons of Liberty planned the Boston Tea Party, to the launchpads of Cape Canaveral. Cornelia Dean, New York Times, "‘We Cannot Save Everything’: A Historic Neighborhood Confronts Rising Seas," 8 July 2019 The tighter their security, the less groups can be exploited as a launchpad for malicious attacks. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "WhatsApp Fixes Yet Another Group Chat Security Gap," 17 Dec. 2019 Wins against the Volunteers and/or Hawkeyes would re-frame the narrative as a team and player that used rock bottom as a launchpad. Fletcher Page,, "Can Cincinnati basketball and Jarron Cumberland get back on track against Tennessee, Iowa?," 16 Dec. 2019 Coomaraswamy’s seminal 1912 essay, The Dance of Siva, later published in his influential collection of essays on Indian art and culture, might be deemed the launchpad of the Nataraja’s global journey. Harish Pullanoor, Quartz India, "How the Indian icon Nataraja danced his way from ancient history to modern physics," 18 Dec. 2019 Treating launchpads as facilities that can be rented by private companies or shared to enrich diplomatic relationships can bring positive attention to spaceflight even within NASA’s tiny current budget. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "You Can Make a Rocket Engine's Entire Combustion Chamber in One 3D Print," 18 Nov. 2019 Producers including Zaytoven and Mike Zombie provide bruising launchpads for her crisp and complex cadences, which reinforce her prowess as a formidable rap classicist. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "'I Busted Some Doors Down.' Rapper Young M.A On Her New Album, Homophobia and Breaking Boundaries," 25 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of launchpad

1958, in the meaning defined above

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14 Feb 2020

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“Launchpad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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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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