[lawnch, lahnch] /lɔntʃ, lɑntʃ/
verb (used with object)
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).
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.
the act of launching.
[lawnch, lahnch] /lɔntʃ, lɑntʃ/
a heavy open or half-decked boat propelled by oars or by an engine.
a large utility boat carried by a warship.
to move (a vessel) into the water
to move (a newly built vessel) into the water for the first time
(transitive) to propel with force
to involve (oneself) totally and enthusiastically: to launch oneself into work
(transitive) to set (a missile, spacecraft, etc) into motion
(transitive) to catapult (an aircraft), as from the deck of an aircraft carrier
(intransitive) foll by into. to start talking or writing (about): he launched into a story
(intransitive) usually foll by out. to start (out) on a fresh course
(informal) (intransitive) usually foll by out. 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
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.).
noun 1. any of a number of underground U.S. command facilities prepared to launch land-based missiles in event of war.
[lawnch, lahnch] /lɔntʃ, lɑntʃ/ verb (used with object) 1. to set (a boat or ship) in the water. 2. to float (a newly constructed boat or ship) usually by allowing to slide down inclined ways into the water. 3. to send forth, catapult, or release, as a self-propelled vehicle or weapon: Rockets were launched midway […]
[lawn-cher, lahn-] /ˈlɔn tʃər, ˈlɑn-/ noun 1. a person or thing that . 2. a structural device designed to support and hold a missile in position for firing. /ˈlɔːntʃə/ noun 1. any installation, vehicle, or other device for launching rockets, missiles, or other projectiles
noun 1. the platform on which a missile or launch vehicle undergoes final prelaunch checkout and countdown and from which it is launched from the surface of the earth. 2. something that serves to launch or initiate: He used his legal experience as a launch pad for his career in politics. noun 1. a platform […]