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 for booster rocket
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Booster \Boost"er\ (b[=oo]st"[~e]r), n.
     1. (Elec.) An instrument for regulating the electro-motive
        force in an alternating-current circuit; -- so called
        because used to "boost", or raise, the pressure in the
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     2. an enthusiastic supporter.
     3. the first stage of a multistage rocket, providing all or
        part of the driving force at lift-off and until the second
        stage ignites, whether or not the booster stage is
        detached after the fuel is spent. Also called booster
        rocket. In some cases, a booster has been used to assist
        the takeoff of airplanes.
     4. (Med.) an immunizing medication given after an initial
        immunizing treatment, to provide increased or extended
        immunity. Also called booster dose. When in the form of
        an injection, it may be called a booster shot.
     5. any auxiliary device or part of a device to provide
        increased power, force, or effectiveness, as with a
        pumping device.
     6. (Mil.) an explosive charge which is more powerful than a
        primer, used in conjunction with a primer to assure
        detonation of the main charge. Integrated blasting caps
        containing separate compartments for primer and booster
        are used as detonators for certain explosives.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  booster rocket
      n 1: the first stage of a multistage rocket [syn: booster,
           booster rocket, booster unit, takeoff booster,
           takeoff rocket]

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