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[lawn-cher, lahn-] /ˈlɔn tʃər, ˈlɑn-/
a person or thing that launches.
a structural device designed to support and hold a missile in position for firing.
Origin of launcher
First recorded in 1815-25; launch1 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "If they think we're dead ducks they won't be toting the launcher," Prochaska said.

    First on the Moon Jeff Sutton
  • With the launcher dragging at him, they would get him sooner or later.

    Way of a Rebel Walter M. Miller
  • There was a whoosh of fire and a flare from the launcher's nose.

    The Secret of the Ninth Planet Donald Allen Wollheim
  • But when we fired, the rocket exploded at the top of the launcher.

    The Scarlet Lake Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
  • He stopped, while he and Cronje were loading it into the after launcher, and nodded at me.

    Four-Day Planet Henry Beam Piper
  • With only one launcher they couldn't guard the whole asteroid.

    Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet

    Harold Leland Goodwin
  • The rocket whooshed out of the launcher and went off with a deafening bang outside.

    Four-Day Planet Henry Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for launcher


any installation, vehicle, or other device for launching rockets, missiles, or other projectiles
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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