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".

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

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
  • 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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