Definitions for launchlɔntʃ, lɑntʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

launchlɔntʃ, lɑntʃ(v.t.)

  1. to set (a boat or ship) in the water.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  2. to float (a newly constructed boat or ship) usu. by allowing it to slide down an incline into the water.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  3. to send forth, catapult, or release:

    to launch a spacecraft.

  4. to start (a person) on a course, career, etc.

  5. to set going; initiate.

  6. to throw; hurl.

  7. start (an application program).

    Category: Computers

  8. (v.i.)to burst out or plunge boldly or directly into action, speech, etc.

  9. to start out or forth; push out or put forth.

    Category: Navy

  10. (n.)the act of launching.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

Origin of launch:

1300–50; late ME launche < AF lancher < LL lanceāre to wield a lance

launchlɔntʃ, lɑntʃ(n.)

  1. a heavy open or half-decked boat propelled by oars or by an engine.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  2. a large utility boat carried by a warship.

    Category: Navy

Origin of launch:

1690–1700; < Sp, Pg lancha, earlier Pg lanchara

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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. launch(verb)ɔntʃ, lɑntʃ

    to start an activity involving many people

    Organizers are launching the festival next month.; to launch an attack

  2. launchɔntʃ, lɑntʃ

    to begin to sell or make available for use

    He launched his new book/website/blog.; companies launching new products

  3. launchɔntʃ, lɑntʃ

    to send a weapon or spacecraft up or toward a target

    to launch a missile/rocket

  4. launchɔntʃ, lɑntʃ

    to send a new boat into the water

    when the first cruise ship was launched

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


  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

Anagrams of launch

  1. Nuchal

Translations for launch

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to make (a boat or ship) slide into the water or (a rocket) leave the ground

As soon as the alarm was sounded, the lifeboat was launched; The Russians have launched a rocket.

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