- to hurl (a missile) from a slingshot.
- to hit (an object) with a missile from a slingshot.
Origin of catapult
OTHER WORDS FROM catapultcat·a·pul·tic, adjective
How to use catapult in a sentence
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|Ana Marie Cox|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Duke Ellington, for instance, who really catapulted to fame late in 1927.
Once 2007 rolled along, Kardashian's Ray J sex tape catapulted her to fame, helping her eclipse her former employer.Kim Kardashian’s Days as Paris Hilton’s Lowly Assistant|Amy Zimmerman|May 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His daredevil talent catapulted him to global fame as one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time.Formula 1 Champion Michael Schumacher In Coma After Ski Accident|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Daly|December 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Braceway struck the arm of his chair and catapulted himself into a standing position.The Winning Clue|James Hay, Jr.
In growing bewilderment, Captain Higgins ordered a plane catapulted into the air, to search the surrounding sea.
Before dawn, Captain Higgins ordered another catapulted into the sky, to search the surrounding area.
Before Nap's worried eyes, a little swish of white catapulted over the plate.The Boy Scouts of Lakeville High|Leslie W. Quirk
As he did so, a man catapulted down the stairs, and rushed for the gate.Connie Morgan in the Lumber Camps|James B. Hendryx