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multistage rocket

n.
A rocket composed of two or more propulsion units that fire in succession. Also called step rocket.
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Noun1.multistage rocket - a rocket having two or more rocket engines (each with its own fuel) that are fired in succession and jettisoned when the fuel is exhausted
booster rocket, booster unit, takeoff booster, takeoff rocket, booster - the first stage of a multistage rocket
rocket, projectile - any vehicle self-propelled by a rocket engine
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