verb (used with object)
- to hurl (a missile) from a slingshot.
- to hit (an object) with a missile from a slingshot.
verb (used without object)
- catarrhal fever,
- catarrhal gastritis
Origin of catapult
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|Caroline Linton|September 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But then you find yourself with the revenue to purchase that catapult you've been wanting.
You think that this tragedy has given you an opportunity to catapult you [sic] dinky blog and newspaper to new heights.
Theyve stolen the catapult and set fire to the place, he remembered dizzily, and now theyre skipping out.
No moors for me this year: I'm back on the simple life and the catapult.Foe-Farrell|Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
We had a "spring gun" or "catapult" that came very near preventing this book ever being written."Over There" with the Australians|R. Hugh Knyvett
The principle of the balista that of the sling, of the catapult that of the bow.Early Britain--Roman Britain|Edward Conybeare
He had a big catapult with him, so he put a stone in his catapult, and slick!The Talking Thrush|William Crooke
Word Origin for catapult
1570s, from Middle French catapulte and directly from Latin catapulta "war machine for throwing," from Greek katapeltes, from kata "against" (see cata-) + base of pallein "to toss, hurl" (see pulse (n.1)). As an airplane-launching device on an aircraft-carrier by 1927.
1848, "to throw with a catapult," from catapult (n.). Intransitive sense by 1928. Related: Catapulted; catapulting.