launch

1
[ lawnch, lahnch ]
/ lɔntʃ, lɑntʃ /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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.

noun

the act of launching.

Nearby words

  1. laughton, charles,
  2. laumontite,
  3. launce,
  4. launcelot,
  5. launceston,
  6. launch control center,
  7. launch pad,
  8. launch shoe,
  9. launch vehicle,
  10. launch window

Origin of launch

1
1300–50; late Middle English launche < Anglo-French lancher < Late Latin lanceāre to wield a lance; see lance1

Related formslaunch·a·ble, adjectiveun·launched, adjectivewell-launched, adjective

launch

2
[ lawnch, lahnch ]
/ lɔntʃ, lɑntʃ /

noun

a heavy open or half-decked boat propelled by oars or by an engine.
a large utility boat carried by a warship.

Origin of launch

2
1690–1700; < Spanish, Portuguese lancha, earlier Portuguese lanchara, first attested in 1515 in an account of boats encountered near the Strait of Malacca; of unclear orig.; neither Malay lancar “swift” nor Rom outcomes of Late Latin lanceāre (see launch1) are fully convincing as sources; modern Malay lanca is < Portuguese

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British Dictionary definitions for launch

launch

1
/ (lɔːntʃ) /

verb

noun

an act or instance of launching

Word Origin for launch

C14: from Anglo-French lancher, from Late Latin lanceāre to use a lance, hence, to set in motion. See lance

noun

a motor driven boat used chiefly as a transport boat
the largest of the boats of a man-of-war

Word Origin for launch

C17: via Spanish lancha and Portuguese from Malay lancharan boat, from lanchar speed

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Word Origin and History for launch
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