the platform on which a missile or launch vehicle undergoes final prelaunch checkout and countdown and from which it is launched from the surface of the earth.
something that serves to launch or initiate: He used his legal experience as a launch pad for his career in politics.
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Origin of launch pad
First recorded in 1955–60
Also called launching pad, pad.
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British Dictionary definitions for launch pad
a platform from which a spacecraft, rocket, etc, is launched
an effective starting point for a career, enterprise, or campaign
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