What does launch mean?

Definitions for launch
lɔntʃ, lɑntʃlaunch

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. launchnoun

    a motorboat with an open deck or a half deck

  2. launching, launchverb

    the act of propelling with force

  3. establish, set up, found, launchverb

    set up or found

    "She set up a literacy program"

  4. launchverb

    propel with force

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

  5. launchverb

    launch for the first time; launch on a maiden voyage

    "launch a ship"

  6. plunge, launchverb

    begin with vigor

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

  7. launch, set in motionverb

    get going; give impetus to

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

  8. launchverb

    smoothen the surface of

    "launch plaster"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Launchverb

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

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

  2. Launchverb

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

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

  3. Launchverb

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

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

  4. Launchverb

    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

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

  5. Launchverb

    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

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

  6. Launchnoun

    the act of launching

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

  7. Launchnoun

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

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

  8. Launchnoun

    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

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

Freebase

  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".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Launch

    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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. launch

    The largest or long boat of a ship of war. Others of greater size for gunboats are used by the French, Spaniards, Italians, &c., in the Mediterranean. A launch being proportionably longer, lower, and more flat-bottomed than the merchantman's long-boat, is in consequence less fit for sailing, but better calculated for rowing and approaching a flat shore. Its principal superiority consists in being much fitter to under-run the cable, lay out anchors, &c., which is a very necessary employment in the harbours of the Levant, where the cables of different ships are fastened across each other, and frequently render such operations necessary.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. launch

    To throw as a spear or dart; to send forth. Written also lanch.

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of launch in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of launch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of launch in a Sentence

  1. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu:

    We're seeing that manned and unmanned American planes are arriving and soon we will launch a comprehensive battle against Islamic State all together.

  2. Dr Silas Stone:

    ... What you can do now, Victor. Your physical strength is just the tip of the iceberg. The tip of the tip. In a world of ones and zeroes, you are the absolute master. No firewall can stop you. No encryption can defy you. We're all at your mercy, Vic. From our power grids to our telecommunications, everyone's lives are controlled and dominated by complex digital networks that will bend, without effort, to your will. The fate of the world will literally rest in your hands. Its entire nuclear arsenal, you could launch with a thought. The world's monetary systems and its complex interactions will seem as easy to manipulate for you as a child's plaything. The question-- No, the challenge... Won't be doing it. It will be not doing. Not seeing. It is the burden of this responsibility that will define you and who you choose to be. Victor... Victor, these are the words and deductions of a scientist. That's how I've been speaking to you. Now... Let me speak to you from my heart, not as a scientist. As a father, --your father, twice over. I brought you into the world, and back to it. You can't imagine how proud I am of who you are. Always have been. So many years with you I wasted. So many wrongs I've left un-righted. Everything breaks, Victor. Everything changes. The world is hurt. Broken. Unexchangable. But the world's not fixed in the past, only the future. The not yet. The now. The now is you. Now. Now's your time, Victor, to rise. Do this. Be this. The man I never was. The hero you are. Take your place among the brave ones. The ones that were, that are, that are yet to be. It's time you stand, fight, discover, heal, love, win. The time... is now.

  3. Linda Vester:

    I do think Tom Brokaw need to have a healthier, well-defined dialogue, if you will, and I ’m not sure how Tom Brokaw launch into it.

  4. Simon Enever:

    Oral care isn't a cool or a sexy industry, we probably had 70 to 80' no's' from investors, even through the first two or three years of our launch we were still struggling to raise money despite growing fast and acquiring users and members that were really passionate about the product.

  5. The NHTSA:

    The requirement to launch recalls and inform consumers in a timely fashion when a safety defect or noncompliance is discovered is fundamental to our system for protecting the traveling public. This is a must-do.

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