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launch
WordNet 2.0
  • the act of propelling with force
  • a motorboat with an open deck or a half deck
  • begin with vigor
  • "He launched into a long diatribe"
  • "She plunged into a dangerous adventure"
  • smoothen the surface of
  • "float plaster"
  • propel with force
  • "launch the space shuttle"
  • "Launch a ship"
  • get going
  • give impetus to
  • "launch a career"
  • "Her actions set in motion a complicated judicial process"
  • launch for the first time
  • launch on a maiden voyage
  • "launch a ship"
  • set up or found
  • "She set up a literacy program"
launch
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. To throw, as a lance or dart; to hurl; to let fly.

    2. To strike with, or as with, a lance; to pierce. [Obs.]

    "Launch your hearts with lamentable wounds." -- Spenser.

    3. To cause to move or slide from the land into the water; to set afloat; as, to launch a ship.

    "With stays and cordage last he rigged the ship, And rolled on levers, launched her in the deep." -- Pope.

    4. 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.

    "All art is used to sink episcopacy, and launch presbytery in England." -- Eikon Basilike.

  • 1. 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.

    "Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught." -- Luke v. 4.

    "He [Spenser] launches out into very flowery paths." -- Prior.

  • 1. The act of launching.

    2. The movement of a vessel from land into the water; especially, the sliding on ways from the stocks on which it is built.

    3. [Cf. Sp. lancha.] (Naut.) 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.

    Launching ways
    (Naut.) See Way, n. (Naut.).

 

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