launch pad

or launch·pad

noun
  1. 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.
  2. something that serves to launch or initiate: He used his legal experience as a launch pad for his career in politics.

Origin of launch pad

First recorded in 1955–60
Also called launching pad, pad.
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Contemporary Examples of launchpad

  • His launchpad was a party in his apartment on 71st and Madison for Ralph Mazzucco, a fashion photographer who makes paintings.

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British Dictionary definitions for launchpad

launch pad

launching pad

noun
  1. a platform from which a spacecraft, rocket, etc, is launched
  2. an effective starting point for a career, enterprise, or campaign
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