- to set (a boat or ship) in the water.
- to float (a newly constructed boat or ship) usually by allowing to slide down inclined ways into the water.
- to send forth, catapult, or release, as a self-propelled vehicle or weapon: Rockets were launched midway in the battle. The submarine launched its torpedoes and dived rapidly.
- to start (a person) on a course, career, etc.
- to set going; initiate: to launch a scheme.
- to throw; hurl: to launch a spear.
- to start (a new venture) or promote (a new product): They launched a new breakfast cereal.
- Computers. to start (a software program).
- 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.
- the act of launching.
Origin of launch1
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- a heavy open or half-decked boat propelled by oars or by an engine.
- a large utility boat carried by a warship.
Origin of launch2
Related Wordsfire, institute, introduce, start, inaugurate, open, commence, shoot, bombard, lance, sling, propel, fling, toss, hurl, eject, drive, dispatch, project, cast
Examples from the Web for launch
An arrow appears indicating the direction you will launch your ball.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art
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With those words was a promise to launch the first group of passengers in the coming year.You Were Wrong About Miley & Bitcoin: 2014’s Failed Predictions
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And, with Coca-Cola announcing the launch of a new milk product, the beverage could be back in our hands before we know it.History's Craziest Hangover Cures
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He argues persuasively that the decision to launch the attack was completely contrary to reason and good military judgment.Hitler’s Hail Mary
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Instead, they saw music videos as a launch pad for a whole new artistic movement: virality.OK Go Is Helping Redefine the Music Video For the Internet Age
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The strange brig had hauled up for us even before we got out the launch.
Not enough of her could be found, of which to build a launch.
Launch your arrows at me, sir, if you'll have the goodness; not at Him!'Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Then came the report of an attempt to launch an airplane from the roof of Berlin.City of Endless Night
Thou hast often heard me launch out in praise of her complexion.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
- to move (a vessel) into the water
- to move (a newly built vessel) into the water for the first time
- to start off or set in motionto launch a scheme
- to put (a new product) on the market
- (tr) to propel with force
- to involve (oneself) totally and enthusiasticallyto launch oneself into work
- (tr) to set (a missile, spacecraft, etc) into motion
- (tr) to catapult (an aircraft), as from the deck of an aircraft carrier
- (intr foll by into) to start talking or writing (about)he launched into a story
- (intr usually foll by out) to start (out) on a fresh course
- (intr usually foll by out) informal to spend a lot of money
- an act or instance of launching
- a motor driven boat used chiefly as a transport boat
- the largest of the boats of a man-of-war
Word Origin and History for launch
c.1300, "to rush, plunge, leap, start forth; to be set into sudden motion," from Old North French lancher (Old French lancier) "to fling, hurl, throw, cast," from Late Latin lanceare "wield a lance," from Latin lancea "light spear" (see lance). Sense of "set (a boat) afloat" first recorded c.1400, from notion of throwing it out on the water; generalized by 1600 to any sort of beginning. The noun meaning "a leap or a bound" is from mid-15c., from the verb. Meaning "the liftoff of a missile, spacecraft, etc." is from 1935. Launch pad attested from 1960.
"large boat carried on a warship," 1690s, from Portuguese lancha "barge, launch," apparently from Malay lancharan, from lanchar "quick, agile;" English spelling influenced by launch (v.).