Aerospace. a rocket used to launch a spacecraft or satellite into orbit or a space probe into space.
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Origin of launch vehicle
First recorded in 1955–1960
Words nearby launch vehicle
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British Dictionary definitions for launch vehicle
a rocket, without its payload, used to launch a spacecraft
another name for booster (def. 2)
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