[lawn-cher, lahn-]


a person or thing that launches.
a structural device designed to support and hold a missile in position for firing.

Origin of launcher

First recorded in 1815–25; launch1 + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for launcher

Contemporary Examples of launcher

  • She said her husband showed her a photograph of a Buk launcher afterwards and she realised that was indeed what she had seen.

  • It will also implement a new, stronger verification regime and reduce missiles and launcher.

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    The Next GOP Screw-Up

    James Carroll

    March 26, 2010

  • Some Iraqi citizens interviewed later that day described the launcher of these “ground cruise missiles” as a hero.

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    Coping With My Iraq Nightmares

    Christopher Brownfield

    December 26, 2008

Historical Examples of launcher

  • "If they think we're dead ducks they won't be toting the launcher," Prochaska said.

  • With the launcher dragging at him, they would get him sooner or later.

    Way of a Rebel

    Walter M. Miller

  • There was a whoosh of fire and a flare from the launcher's nose.

    The Secret of the Ninth Planet

    Donald Allen Wollheim

  • But when we fired, the rocket exploded at the top of the launcher.

    The Scarlet Lake Mystery

    Harold Leland Goodwin

  • He stopped, while he and Cronje were loading it into the after launcher, and nodded at me.

    Four-Day Planet

    Henry Beam Piper

British Dictionary definitions for launcher



any installation, vehicle, or other device for launching rockets, missiles, or other projectiles
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