- 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 catapulted
It is a linguistic wish for the same kind of campaign that catapulted Barack Obama forward from the caucuses.The Coronation That Wants to Be a Movement: Scenes From Hillary’s Iowa Steak Fry
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A number of passengers had been catapulted through the windows, in one instance with tragic results.Amazing Grace in the Bronx: Inside the Metro-North Train-Wreck Rescue
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At the age of 9, Daniel Radcliffe was catapulted towards Harry Potter and Hollywood immortality by a single, instinctive wink.How Daniel Radcliffe Became Harry Potter And Other Masterpiece Theatre Tales
October 29, 2013
It was an amazing acting feat that catapulted him from gifted character actor to A-list leading man.From ‘The Sopranos’ to ‘Not Fade Away,’ the Late James Gandolfini’s Finest Roles
June 20, 2013
As Idol has faltered badly this season—with some of its lowest ratings ever—Lazaro has been catapulted to the top of the wreck.'American Idol': Lazaro Arbos is the New Sanjaya
April 11, 2013
The word was catapulted from him as though by a muscular convulsion.The Harbor of Doubt
From frozen mobility Lig-magte had catapulted into headlong attack.Planet of the Damned
Both men went up into their saddles as if catapulted from the earth.Desert Conquest
A. M. Chisholm
Then the door opened and Harry was catapulted out into the lobby.This Crowded Earth
The Indian was catapulted from his saddle with arms pinioned to his aide.The Pony Rider Boys in New Mexico
Frank Gee Patchin
- 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 catapulted
1848, "to throw with a catapult," from catapult (n.). Intransitive sense by 1928. Related: Catapulted; catapulting.