- to set (a boat or ship) in the water.
- to float (a newly constructed boat or ship) usually by allowing to slide down inclined ways into the water.
- to send forth, catapult, or release, as a self-propelled vehicle or weapon: Rockets were launched midway in the battle. The submarine launched its torpedoes and dived rapidly.
- to start (a person) on a course, career, etc.
- to set going; initiate: to launch a scheme.
- to throw; hurl: to launch a spear.
- to start (a new venture) or promote (a new product): They launched a new breakfast cereal.
- Computers. to start (a software program).
- to burst out or plunge boldly or directly into action, speech, etc.
- to start out or forth; push out or put forth on the water.
- the act of launching.
Origin of launch1
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Examples from the Web for launched
He created his own crowd-funding platform for genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which has yet to be launched.Design Your Own Dinosaur: The Era of Custom DNA
January 8, 2015
The American military may have launched hundreds of airstrikes on Iraq and Syria.
The U.S. launched campaigns in the restive Iraqi city of Fallujah and a surge campaign in Baghdad.
Launched just 13 years ago, it quickly became a serious rival to MAS and a rising juggernaut in Asia.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370
December 29, 2014
Launched late last week, Ready for Romney appears to be, at best, political amateur hour.‘Ready for Romney’ Is Amateur Hour
December 23, 2014
Then they launched the ship's boat, in which Bates had come to the island, and put out to sea.Brave and Bold
When K. did not reply at once, he launched into an explanation.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
He hesitated a moment, then launched a heavy fist at Kirkwood's face.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
A ship of promise should be—not launched—that was weeks away.The Incomplete Amorist
We silently, perhaps a little fearfully, launched the empty canoe.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
- to move (a vessel) into the water
- to move (a newly built vessel) into the water for the first time
- to start off or set in motionto launch a scheme
- to put (a new product) on the market
- (tr) to propel with force
- to involve (oneself) totally and enthusiasticallyto launch oneself into work
- (tr) to set (a missile, spacecraft, etc) into motion
- (tr) to catapult (an aircraft), as from the deck of an aircraft carrier
- (intr foll by into) to start talking or writing (about)he launched into a story
- (intr usually foll by out) to start (out) on a fresh course
- (intr usually foll by out) informal to spend a lot of money
- an act or instance of launching
- a motor driven boat used chiefly as a transport boat
- the largest of the boats of a man-of-war
Word Origin and History for launched
c.1300, "to rush, plunge, leap, start forth; to be set into sudden motion," from Old North French lancher (Old French lancier) "to fling, hurl, throw, cast," from Late Latin lanceare "wield a lance," from Latin lancea "light spear" (see lance). Sense of "set (a boat) afloat" first recorded c.1400, from notion of throwing it out on the water; generalized by 1600 to any sort of beginning. The noun meaning "a leap or a bound" is from mid-15c., from the verb. Meaning "the liftoff of a missile, spacecraft, etc." is from 1935. Launch pad attested from 1960.
"large boat carried on a warship," 1690s, from Portuguese lancha "barge, launch," apparently from Malay lancharan, from lanchar "quick, agile;" English spelling influenced by launch (v.).