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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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 After eight months of delays, construction of a second launchpad at Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia's Far East has begun. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Lots of losers in small launch, Air Force award, Red (Bull) Mars," 7 Sep. 2018 Human traffickers increasingly use Tunisia as a launchpad for migrants heading to Europe as Libya’s coast guard, aided by armed groups, has tightened controls. Washington Post, "World Digest: June 3, 2018," 3 June 2018 My hope is that the rom-coms of summer 2018 are that launchpad, but I’ve been burned before. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Why romantic comedies matter," 29 Aug. 2018 This large structure had been one of the biggest impediments to getting the Europa Clipper mission off the launchpad in 2022 aboard an SLS rocket. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The billion-dollar question: How does the Clipper mission get to Europa?," 16 Apr. 2018

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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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