a motorboat with an open deck or a half deck
the act of propelling with force
establish, set up, found, launch(verb)
set up or found
"She set up a literacy program"
propel with force
"launch the space shuttle"; "Launch a ship"
launch for the first time; launch on a maiden voyage
"launch a ship"
begin with vigor
"He launched into a long diatribe"; "She plunged into a dangerous adventure"
launch, set in motion(verb)
get going; give impetus to
"launch a career"; "Her actions set in motion a complicated judicial process"
smoothen the surface of
to throw, as a lance or dart; to hurl; to let fly
to strike with, or as with, a lance; to pierce
to cause to move or slide from the land into the water; to set afloat; as, to launch a ship
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
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
the act of launching
the movement of a vessel from land into the water; especially, the sliding on ways from the stocks on which it is built
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
Origin: [OE. launchen to throw as a lance, OF. lanchier, another form of lancier, F. lancer, fr. lance lance. See Lance.]
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".
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
Lanch, länsh, v.t. to throw as a lance or spear: (Shak.) to pierce or cut with a lance: to send forth: to cause to slide into the water.—v.i. to go forth, as a ship into the water: to come into new relations, make a transition.—n. act of launching or moving a newly-built ship from the stocks into the water: the largest boat carried by a man-of-war: (Spens.) a lancing.—n.pl. Launch′ing-ways, the timbers on which a ship is launched.—n. Steam′-launch, a large passenger-boat propelled by steam-power, and used largely on rivers. [O. Fr. lanchier, lancier (Fr. lancer). See Lance.]
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
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'launch' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4742
Rank popularity for the word 'launch' in Nouns Frequency: #1844
Rank popularity for the word 'launch' in Verbs Frequency: #312
The numerical value of launch in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of launch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
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- أطلق, قذفArabic
- llançament, llanxa, llançarCatalan, Valencian
- abschießen, lancieren, StartGerman
- lancear, botar, lanzamiento, lancha, lanzarSpanish
- sööstma, heide, kaater, heitma, välja saatma, käivitama, alustamaEstonian
- laukaista, lanseerata, tuoda markkinoille, vesillelasku, heittää, laskea vesille, laukaisuFinnish
- lancement, lancerFrench
- 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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