Definitions for launchlɔntʃ, lɑntʃ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. launch(noun)

    a motorboat with an open deck or a half deck

  2. launching, launch(verb)

    the act of propelling with force

  3. establish, set up, found, launch(verb)

    set up or found

    "She set up a literacy program"

  4. launch(verb)

    propel with force

    "launch the space shuttle"; "Launch a ship"

  5. launch(verb)

    launch for the first time; launch on a maiden voyage

    "launch a ship"

  6. plunge, launch(verb)

    begin with vigor

    "He launched into a long diatribe"; "She plunged into a dangerous adventure"

  7. launch, set in motion(verb)

    get going; give impetus to

    "launch a career"; "Her actions set in motion a complicated judicial process"

  8. launch(verb)

    smoothen the surface of

    "launch plaster"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Launch(verb)

    to throw, as a lance or dart; to hurl; to let fly

  2. Launch(verb)

    to strike with, or as with, a lance; to pierce

  3. Launch(verb)

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

  4. Launch(verb)

    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

  5. Launch(verb)

    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

  6. Launch(noun)

    the act of launching

  7. Launch(noun)

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

  8. Launch(noun)

    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

  9. Origin: [OE. launchen to throw as a lance, OF. lanchier, another form of lancier, F. lancer, fr. lance lance. See Lance.]


  1. Launch

    A launch is a large motorboat. Originally it was the largest boat carried by a warship. The word comes from the Portuguese lancha "barge", from Malay lancha, lancharan, "boat," from lanchar "velocity without effort," "action of gliding smoothly". In the 1700s a launch was used to set the large anchors on a ship. They had a square transom and were about 24 feet long. In 1788 Captain Bligh was set adrift in the "Bounty’s Launch".

Editors Contribution

  1. launch

    To move or send a spacecraft or space rocket from a platform or launch pad to the planned destination.

    NASA decided to launch Rosetta spacecraft and Philae lander launched from French Guiana on 2 March 2004, 07:17 UTC, and travelled for 3,907 days (10.7 years) to Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'launch' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4742

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'launch' in Nouns Frequency: #1844

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'launch' in Verbs Frequency: #312

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Maat Morrison:

    There's always time to launch your dreams

  2. Chief Executive Officer Rupert Pearce:

    We've never had a launch failure in our history.

  3. Kathy Winters:

    It looks pretty promising weather-wise for launch.

  4. Andrew House:

    I don't think it has been a kind of a rocket launch start.

  5. French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron:

    The goal is for an effective launch by the end of the year.

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Translations for launch

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • أطلق, قذفArabic
  • llançament, llanxa, llançarCatalan, Valencian
  • hoditCzech
  • søsætteDanish
  • abschießen, lancieren, StartGerman
  • άκατοςGreek
  • lanĉiEsperanto
  • lancear, botar, lanzamiento, lancha, lanzarSpanish
  • sööstma, heide, kaater, heitma, välja saatma, käivitama, alustamaEstonian
  • laukaista, lanseerata, tuoda markkinoille, vesillelasku, heittää, laskea vesille, laukaisuFinnish
  • lancement, lancerFrench
  • lanciareItalian
  • לְהַשִׁיקHebrew
  • 発射Japanese
  • dēdūcōLatin
  • rōnohiMāori
  • melancarkanMalay
  • lancering, gooien, lanceren, smijten, te water laten, aanzetten, worp, spietsen, werpen, doorboren, tewaterlatingDutch
  • sjøsette, sjøsetjeNorwegian Nynorsk
  • sjøsette, LanseringenNorwegian
  • arremessar, jogar, lançamento, arremesso, tacar, lancear, lançarPortuguese
  • спуск, баркас, запускать, запустить, запускRussian
  • vrhnúť, hodiť, vypustiť, odštartovať, spustiťSlovak
  • sjösättning, sjösätta, lanseraSwedish

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