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launcher

[lawn-cher, lahn-]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that launches.
  2. a structural device designed to support and hold a missile in position for firing.
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Origin of launcher

First recorded in 1815–25; launch1 + -er1
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Examples from the Web for launcher

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  • "If they think we're dead ducks they won't be toting the launcher," Prochaska said.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for launcher

launcher

noun
  1. any installation, vehicle, or other device for launching rockets, missiles, or other projectiles
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