- an ancient military engine for hurling stones, arrows, etc.
- a device for launching an airplane from the deck of a ship.
- British. a slingshot.
- to hurl from a catapult.
- to thrust or move quickly or suddenly: His brilliant performance in the play catapulted him to stardom.
- to hurl (a missile) from a slingshot.
- to hit (an object) with a missile from a slingshot.
- to be catapulted.
- to move or spring up suddenly, quickly, or forcibly, as if by means of a catapult: The car catapulted down the highway. When he heard the alarm he catapulted out of bed.
Origin of catapult
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Examples from the Web for catapult
But it was enough to catapult Davis into the national spotlight and raise immediate speculation about statewide office.Wendy Davis Is (Probably) Running for Texas Governor
September 26, 2013
But then you find yourself with the revenue to purchase that catapult you've been wanting.Facebook After FarmVille
May 10, 2011
You think that this tragedy has given you an opportunity to catapult you [sic] dinky blog and newspaper to new heights.The Missing Murder Suspect
July 31, 2009
Juve shot his answer at the lieutenant, like a stone from a catapult.A Nest of Spies
All its spires are spears at rest; and all its stones are stones asleep in a catapult.A Miscellany of Men
G. K. Chesterton
Is it the thought of Wolsey which makes him frown—or is he wondering where he left his catapult?Once a Week
Alan Alexander Milne
And he knew that at any moment this beast might come at him as if discharged from a catapult.Diamond Dyke
George Manville Fenn
But I know that our steam-bowler will beat their catapult hollow.The Fixed Period
- a Y-shaped implement with a loop of elastic fastened to the ends of the two prongs, used mainly by children for shooting small stones, etcUS and Canadian name: slingshot
- a heavy war engine used formerly for hurling stones, etc
- a device installed in warships to launch aircraft
- (tr) to shoot forth from or as if from a catapult
- (foll by over, into, etc) to move precipitatelyshe was catapulted to stardom overnight
Word Origin and History for catapult
1848, "to throw with a catapult," from catapult (n.). Intransitive sense by 1928. Related: Catapulted; catapulting.