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launch

Noun

1 a motorboat with an open deck or a half deck
2 the act of propelling with force [syn: launching]

Verb

1 set up or found; "She set up a literacy program" [syn: establish, set up, found] [ant: abolish]
2 propel with force; "launch the space shuttle"; "Launch a ship"
3 launch for the first time; launch on a maiden voyage; "launch a ship"
4 begin with vigor; "He launched into a long diatribe"; "She plunged into a dangerous adventure" [syn: plunge]
5 get going; give impetus to; "launch a career"; "Her actions set in motion a complicated judicial process" [syn: set in motion]
6 smoothen the surface of; "float plaster"

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English

Alternative spellings

Etymology

Old English launchen to throw as a lance, Old French lanchier, another form of lancier, French lancer, from lance

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. To throw, as a lance or dart; to hurl; to let fly.
  2. To strike with, or as with, a lance; to pierce.
    Launch your hearts with lamentable wounds. - Spenser
  3. To cause to move or slide from the land into the water; to set afloat; as, to launch a ship.
    • With stays and cordage last he rigged the ship, And rolled on levers, launched her in the deep. - Pope
  4. To send out; to start (one) on a career; to set going; to give a start to (something); to put in operation.
    launch a son in the world
    launch a business project or enterprise.
    All art is used to sink episcopacy, and launch presbytery in England. - Eikon Basilike
  5. To move with force and swiftness like a sliding from the stocks into the water; to plunge; to make a beginning; as, to launch into the current of a stream; to launch into an argument or discussion; to launch into lavish expenditures; -- often with out.
    Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. - Luke 5:4
    He [Spenser] launches out into very flowery paths. - Prior

Translations

To throw, as a lance or dart; to hurl; to let fly
To strike with, or as with, a lance; to pierce
To cause to move or slide from the land into the water
To send out; to start (one) on a career; to set going; to give a start to (something); to put in operation
Translations to be checked

Noun

  1. The act of launching.
  2. The movement of a vessel from land into the water; especially, the sliding on ways from the stocks on which it is built.
  3. In the context of "nautical": The boat of the largest size belonging to a ship of war; also, an open boat of any size driven by steam, naphtha, electricity, or the like. (Compare Spanish lancha.)

Derived terms

  • Launching ways, (Nautical): See way, (noun-Nautical)

Translations

The act of launching
The movement of a vessel from land into the water
The boat of the largest size belonging to a ship of war
Translations to be checked

Extensive Definition

To launch means to establish, to debut or to send out. In this sense, launch can refer to:
launch in Spanish: Lanzamiento

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