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Definitions of launch

  1. To glide or shoot into the water; to go forth; to expatiate in language. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To slide into the water, as a boat; start; set out; throw, as a dart. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. To move or cause to slide into the water, as a vessel; send forth; hurl; dart. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To send forth; cause to slide into water. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. To throw, as a lance or dart; to hurl; to let fly. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To cause to move or slide from the land into the water; to set afloat; as, to launch a ship. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To send out; to start (one) on a career; to set going; to give a start to (something); to put in operation; as, to launch a son in the world; to launch a business project or enterprise. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To move with force and swiftness like a sliding from the stocks into the water; to plunge; to make a beginning; as, to launch into the current of a stream; to launch into an argument or discussion; to launch into lavish expenditures; - often with out. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To put to sea; plunge; enter on a new career; the sliding of a ship from the ways into the water; the largest boat of a man-of-war; a motor boat, usually used for pleasure. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. To go forth. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. set up or found; "She set up a literacy program" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. take off or begin; "launch into a speech" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. begin with vigor; "He launched into a long diatribe"; "She plunged into a dangerous adventure" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. smoothen the surface of; "float plaster" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. propel with force; "launch the space shuttle"; "Launch a ship" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. launch for the first time; launch on a maiden voyage; "launch a ship" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. To throw, as a lance; to send forth; to cause to slide into the water. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. To dart or let fly; to move or cause to move into the water, as a ship; to go or fly off; to go or send forth; to expatiate in language. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  19. The act of launching. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. The movement of a vessel from land into the water; especially, the sliding on ways from the stocks on which it is built. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. The boat of the largest size belonging to a ship of war; also, an open boat of any size driven by steam, naphtha, electricity, or the like. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. Act of launching a ship; large boat. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  23. The act of launching; a large open boat generally propelled by steam, electricity, or naphtha. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. The movement of a ship from the land into the water; a kind of long flat-bottomed boat, now generally propelled by a small steam-engine. See Lance. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  25. The largest boat carried by a man-of-war; the act of launching or putting a new-built ship off the stocks into the sea. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for launch

  1. As it was now about three o'clock in the afternoon Sam, after consulting with Ulna, and recalling their experience of the night before, decided not to launch their raft till the following morning. – Lost in the Cañon by Alfred R. Calhoun
  2. And when that was over, the Phoenix would launch itself into the air. – David and the Phoenix by Edward Ormondroyd
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