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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Saturday Night Live has acted as the launchpad for many comedian’s careers. Sydney Scott, Essence, "A Very Brief History Of Black Women On 'Saturday Night Live'," 4 Sep. 2019 Just a week after serving as the launchpad for Popeyes’ sandwich, Sweet Dixie Kitchen closed its doors—the Long Beach Post reported that Sanchez transferred ownership of the restaurant, on August 18th, and that its future is unclear. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "The Popeyes Chicken Sandwich Is Here to Save America," 20 Aug. 2019 Their six-hour trip took them from the launchpad in Kazakhstan all the way to the ISS, more than 250 miles above the surface of the Earth. Shannon Stirone, WIRED, "Space Photos of the Week: Strap on Your Space Goggles and Bask in the Starlight," 27 July 2019 Thursday’s flight was originally scheduled to take place early last week, but a fireball on the launchpad during testing forced SpaceX to delay it. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "SpaceX Just Unleashed Its Starship Rocket for the First Time," 26 July 2019 No plans were made for what should have been a quick journey, but delays on the launchpad ensued. Jenni Avins, Quartz, "Fifty years after men walked on the moon, it’s time to talk about peeing in space," 20 July 2019 Profit margins are constrained in part by a payroll of some 7,000 employees, the cost of operating three launchpads and expenditures for developing a fourth site. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "SpaceX Launches First Loan," 20 Nov. 2018 The story has more interesting details about the proximity of launchpads and such. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Virgin goes Italian, SpaceX’s giant net, a nuclear launcher," 13 July 2018 The towering rocket stood on the launchpad, full of fuel. Jeffrey Gettleman,, "After delay of Chandrayaan-2 launch, Indians are disappointed but hopeful," 15 July 2019

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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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to make a temporary encampment

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