launching pad

noun
a platform from which rockets or space craft are launched
Syn: ↑launchpad, ↑launch pad, ↑launch area, ↑pad
Hypernyms: ↑platform
Part Holonyms: ↑launching site

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I. noun
: a nonflammable platform from which a rocket or guided missile can be launched
II. noun

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launching pad variant UK US
Main entry: launch pad

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ˈlaunch pad [launch pad launch pads] (also ˈlaunching pad) noun
a platform from which a ↑spacecraft, etc. is sent into the sky: (figurative)

She regards the job as a launch pad for her career in the media.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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