launch' pad"

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.. Also,launch'pad".Also called launch'ing pad", pad.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

launcherlaunch vehicle
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