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 All three are looking to Los Angeles as a launchpad. Rachel Urangastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 June 2022 Russia and its ally Belarus, which also faces Western sanctions for allowing Russia to use his country’s territory as a launchpad for attacks on Ukraine, are leading producers of fertilizer. Ian Bremmer, Time, 4 June 2022 Using what happened today as a launchpad for the next day is a key to resilience. Mike Kessler, Men's Health, 25 May 2022 Since then, New Gen has grown as a launchpad for over 300 designers and acts as a kind of predictive weather vane for the direction that fashion movements will take. Sarah Mower, Vogue, 4 May 2022 The Artemis team is working closely with SpaceX because the Crew-4 launch is expected to take place at a nearby launchpad on April 23. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 15 Apr. 2022 In addition to checking weather conditions at the launchpad, NASA monitors the weather over the Atlantic Ocean, where the crew would be dropped in the event of an in-flight abort. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 30 May 2020 Plans for what that looked like were never announced, and the partnership was aimed at creating a launchpad to re-imagine the school property, Beresford said at the time of the resolution. Mj Slaby, The Indianapolis Star, 17 May 2022 In 2020, Lil Keed was named to XXL’s annual Freshman Class issue, a prominent launchpad for rappers, appearing on the magazine’s cover alongside acts like Jack Harlow and Fivio Foreign. Joe Coscarelli,, 14 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of launchpad

1957, in the meaning defined above

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“Launchpad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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

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: a nonflammable platform from which a rocket can be launched

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