What does catapult mean?

Definitions for catapult
ˈkæt əˌpʌlt, -ˌpʊltcat·a·pult

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word catapult.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. slingshot, sling, catapultnoun

    a plaything consisting of a Y-shaped stick with elastic between the arms; used to propel small stones

  2. catapult, launchernoun

    a device that launches aircraft from a warship

  3. catapult, arbalest, arbalist, ballista, bricole, mangonel, onager, trebuchet, trebucketverb

    an engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles

  4. catapultverb

    shoot forth or launch, as if from a catapult

    "the enemy catapulted rocks towards the fort"

  5. sling, catapultverb

    hurl as if with a sling

Wiktionary

  1. catapultnoun

    A device or weapon for throwing or launching large objects, such as a mechanical aid on aircraft carriers designed to help airplanes take off from the flight deck.

    Etymology: From catapulta, from καταπέλτης, from κατά + πάλλω.

  2. catapultnoun

    slingshot

    Etymology: From catapulta, from καταπέλτης, from κατά + πάλλω.

  3. catapultnoun

    An instance of firing a missile from a catapult.

    Etymology: From catapulta, from καταπέλτης, from κατά + πάλλω.

  4. catapultnoun

    An instance of firing something, as if from a catapult.

    Etymology: From catapulta, from καταπέλτης, from κατά + πάλλω.

  5. catapultverb

    To fire a missile from a catapult.

    Etymology: From catapulta, from καταπέλτης, from κατά + πάλλω.

  6. catapultverb

    To fire or launch something, as if from a catapult.

    Etymology: From catapulta, from καταπέλτης, from κατά + πάλλω.

  7. catapultverb

    To increase the status of something rapidly.

    The candidate selection for running mate has catapulted her to the national scene.

    Etymology: From catapulta, from καταπέλτης, from κατά + πάλλω.

  8. catapultverb

    To be fired from a catapult or as if from a catapult.

    Etymology: From catapulta, from καταπέλτης, from κατά + πάλλω.

  9. catapultverb

    To have one's status increased rapidly.

    She catapulted to the national scene following her selection by the candidate.

    Etymology: From catapulta, from καταπέλτης, from κατά + πάλλω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Catapultnoun

    an engine somewhat resembling a massive crossbow, used by the ancient Greeks and Romans for throwing stones, arrows, spears, etc

    Etymology: [L. catapulta, Gr. , prob. from kata` down + to shake, hurl.]

  2. Catapultnoun

    a forked stick with elastic band for throwing small stones, etc

    Etymology: [L. catapulta, Gr. , prob. from kata` down + to shake, hurl.]

Freebase

  1. Catapult

    A catapult is a device used to throw or hurl a projectile a great distance without the aid of explosive devices—particularly various types of ancient and medieval siege engines. Although the catapult has been used since ancient times, it has proven to be one of the most effective mechanisms during warfare. The word 'catapult' comes from the Latin 'catapulta', which in turn comes from the Greek καταπέλτης, itself from, "downwards" + πάλλω, "to toss, to hurl". Catapults were invented by the ancient Greeks.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Catapult

    kat′a-pult, n. anciently an engine of war, resembling the ballista, for throwing stones, arrows, &c.: a small forked stick having an elastic string fixed to the two prongs, used by boys for throwing small stones.—adj. Catapul′tic.—n. Catapultier′. [L. catapulta—Gr. katapeltēskata, down, pallein, to throw.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. catapult

    A structure which provides an auxiliary source of thrust to a missile or aircraft; must combine the functions of directing and accelerating the missile during its

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. catapult

    A military engine used by the ancients for throwing stones, spears, &c.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. catapult

    (Lat. catapulta). An engine of war used by the ancients, somewhat resembling a cross-bow. In the catapult a string or rope, suddenly freed from great tension, gave a powerful impulse to an arrow placed in a groove. There were great catapults, fixed upon a scaffold with wheels, which were used in sieges, and small ones, carried in the hand, which were employed in the field.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of catapult in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of catapult in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of catapult in a Sentence

  1. George W. Bush, http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/05/20050524-3.html:

    See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.

  2. Sonia Martins:

    In a catapult, for the stone to go its farthest, it has to be pulled as far back as possible...if you're going through a tough time count it as joy cos that could be something to catapult you to the place u desire to be... #behopeful #itsallaboutperspective

  3. Taz Tagore:

    We need a dream to catapult our kids, you need to care about something to make a contribution.

  4. Jim Carrey:

    At that time there was a beam that could catapult people to the stars, and that was ‘ The Tonight Show, ’ we all gathered around the heat of that. … If Johnny liked me it meant something to me, that I ’m not only good at what I do but he thinks I ’m intelligent and likes to talk to me.

  5. Michael Slocum:

    This addition will catapult us to a leading market position in providing financial services to the healthcare sector.

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