verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- laughton, charles,
- launch control center,
- launch pad,
- launch shoe,
- launch vehicle,
- launch window
Origin of launch1
Origin of launch2
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|Alec Kubas-Meyer|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Nina Strochlic|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And, with Coca-Cola announcing the launch of a new milk product, the beverage could be back in our hands before we know it.
He argues persuasively that the decision to launch the attack was completely contrary to reason and good military judgment.
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|Lauren Schwartzberg|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It has no power, but perhaps you could tow it behind your launch.Roy Blakeley|Percy Keese Fitzhugh
He had not sought the kindly fish boss yet to tell him of the loss of the launch.The Boy Chums Cruising in Florida Waters|Wilmer M. Ely
Then he directed them by twos into the small boat from the launch, which had come as far inshore as possible.The Web of the Golden Spider|Frederick Orin Bartlett
It was not a particularly thick one and the stream was tugging frantically at the launch.The Boy Scouts at the Panama Canal|John Henry Goldfrap
Hawkins eyed me coldly for a minute, admonished me not to be an ass, and went on untying the launch.Mr. Hawkins' Humorous Adventures|Edgar Franklin
- to start off or set in motionto launch a scheme
- to put (a new product) on the market
Word Origin for launch
Word Origin 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.).