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

Examples of launchpad in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After spending several years in chef Jack Riebel's kitchen at the Lexington, Ramirez struck out on her own, using the Midtown Global Market as a launchpad. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 22 Jan. 2021 Microsoft already uses Teams as a launchpad for apps like Word and PowerPoint, plus shared resources on OneDrive and SharePoint. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft Viva is Teams' attempt to replace your company's intranet," 4 Feb. 2021 New Shepard autonomously steered itself back to the launchpad, while the crew capsule deployed parachutes and landed some distance away, about ten minutes after launch. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "SpaceX won’t be the only company launching commercial rockets in 2021," 21 Jan. 2021 Two astronauts—Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley—hurtled up from the launchpad, on a rocket roaring toward the International Space Station. Clive Thompson, The New Republic, "Monetizing the Final Frontier," 3 Dec. 2020 Indeed, WandaVision was not supposed to be the initiative’s launchpad. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Disney has a lot riding on the launch of Marvel’s very weird new show," 14 Jan. 2021 Instead of attempting to fly straight to orbit, SpaceX has been taking an incremental approach with Starship, flying to progressively higher altitudes and then landing the vehicle on a landing site near the launchpad. Washington Post, "Elon Musk’s Starship launches successfully but lands hard, explodes in what SpaceX calls an ‘awesome test’," 16 Nov. 2020 Florida is seen as a better launchpad for the Trumps than New York, given the outgoing president’s popularity in the former. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump to flee Washington and seek refuge in a MAGA oasis: Florida," 17 Jan. 2021 The unlikely launchpad for these science fiction dreams is Boca Chica Beach, 20 miles outside Brownsville, tucked between national wildlife refuges and the Texas-Mexico border. Joe Pappalardo, Science, "Fiery crash of SpaceX's Starship rocket ignites dreams of future spaceflight," 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of launchpad

1957, in the meaning defined above

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28 Feb 2021

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“Launchpad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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