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prelaunch

[pree-lawnch, -lahnch] /priˈlɔntʃ, -ˈlɑntʃ/
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preparatory to launch, as of a spacecraft.
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  • There was no reason to suppose that the warhead had been temperature-controlled during the pre-launch countdown.

    Pushbutton War Joseph P. Martino

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