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Definitions of launch

  1. set up or found; " She set up a literacy program"
  2. a motorboat with an open deck or a half deck
  3. take off or begin; " launch into a speech"
  4. begin with vigor; " He launched into a long diatribe"; " She plunged into a dangerous adventure"
  5. smoothen the surface of; " float plaster"
  6. propel with force; " launch the space shuttle"; " Launch a ship"
  7. get going; give impetus to; " launch a career"; " Her actions set in motion a complicated judicial process"
  8. launch for the first time; launch on a maiden voyage; " launch a ship"
  9. put up
  10. To throw, as a lance or dart; to hurl; to let fly.
  11. To strike with, or as with, a lance; to pierce.
  12. To cause to move or slide from the land into the water; to set afloat; as, to launch a ship.
  13. 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.
  14. The act of launching.
  15. The movement of a vessel from land into the water; especially, the sliding on ways from the stocks on which it is built.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. To move or cause to slide into the water, as a vessel; send forth; hurl; dart.
  19. 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.
  20. Act of launching a ship; large boat.
  21. To go forth.
  22. To send forth; cause to slide into water.
  23. To slide into the water, as a boat; start; set out; throw, as a dart.
  24. The act of launching; a large open boat generally propelled by steam, electricity, or naphtha.
  25. 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.
  26. To throw, as a lance; to send forth; to cause to slide into the water.
  27. To glide or shoot into the water; to go forth; to expatiate in language.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
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Usage examples for launch

  1. He helped to launch a whole new era of thought and action; and the next chapter of its progress was now to be recorded under circumstances pregnant with meaning for the whole universe of trade. – The War After the War by Isaac Frederick Marcosson
  2. His value was his future, which had somehow got itself as accepted by Aunt Maud as if it had been his good cook or his steam- launch. – The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2 by Henry James
  3. " Look here, Gow," I said abruptly, " were you speaking seriously when you suggested that launch ran you down on purpose?" – A Rogue by Compulsion by Victor Bridges
  4. You run that launch and put me on the fishin' grounds. – The Depot Master by Joseph C. Lincoln
  5. Is your heart an ocean so strong and deep I may launch my all on its tide? – On the Firing Line in Education by Adoniram Judson Ladd
  6. The little motor- launch was lowered from the davits, with every member of the party aboard. – The Boy With the U.S. Miners by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  7. I was about to launch a casting assegai, which could not have missed, when, hard as our case was, I remembered that it was not fitting that one of the brother Kings of Zululand should be slain from behind, pierced through the back. – The White Shield by Bertram Mitford
  8. He says she was very much distressed by our failure to 'ave some one meet her with a launch when she got here last night, sir. – A Fool and His Money by George Barr McCutcheon
  9. As the wreck descended, the bows of the launch met the element, burying themselves nearly to filling; but, buoyant and light, it rose again, and, struck powerfully on the stern by the settling mass, the little ark shot ahead, as though it had been driven by the hand of man. – The Red Rover by James Fenimore Cooper
  10. That's how I happen to know something about an engine; and I have been on board of all sorts of steamers with Paul, for the purpose of studying the engines, from a launch up to the biggest ocean- steamers. – Taken by the Enemy by Oliver Optic
  11. " The launch is gone up. – Dave Dashaway and his Hydroplane by Roy Rockwood
  12. He strained to make himself heard by the men on the launch in a way to burst his heart. – Sisters by Ada Cambridge
  13. Do you know anything about this little blockade- runner that your launch is watching for? – Marcy The Blockade Runner by Harry Castlemon
  14. " Mister," to Darrin, " launch your boat on this water here." – Dave Darrin's First Year at Annapolis by H. Irving Hancock
  15. " Certainly it's called off," said the official in the launch. – Pee-Wee Harris Adrift by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  16. And when that was over, the Phoenix would launch itself into the air. – David and the Phoenix by Edward Ormondroyd
  17. He even had the Spear of Krink carried back aboard his launch, out of sight, and when he accompanied von Schlichten, an hour later, to see Hideyoshi O'Leary off for Grank, he had the Spear of Skilk carried behind him. – Uller Uprising by Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
  18. 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
  19. The launch had had six hours in which to travel at its utmost speed. – The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont by Robert Barr
  20. She had in fact, in the early days of their marriage, tried to launch him in politics, and had perhaps drawn somewhat heavily on his funds in the first heat of the contest; but the experiment ending in failure, as Denis Peyton's experiments were apt to end, she had made no farther demands on his exchequer. – Sanctuary by Edith Wharton
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