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"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Launchverb

    All art is used to sink episcopacy, and launch presbytery, in England. Charles I .

    With stays and cordage last he rigg’d the ship,
    And roll’d on leavers, launch’d her in the deep. Alexander Pope.

    The King of Heav’n, obscure on high,
    Bar’d his red arm, and launching from the sky
    His writhen bolt, not shaking empty smoke,
    Down to the deep abyss the flaming fellow strook. Dryd.

  2. To Launchverb

    All art is used to sink episcopacy, and launch presbytery, in England. Charles I .

    With stays and cordage last he rigg’d the ship,
    And roll’d on leavers, launch’d her in the deep. Alexander Pope.

    The King of Heav’n, obscure on high,
    Bar’d his red arm, and launching from the sky
    His writhen bolt, not shaking empty smoke,
    Down to the deep abyss the flaming fellow strook. Dryd.

  3. To Launchverb

    Etymology: It is derived by Stephen Skinner from lance, because a ship is pushed into water with great force.

    Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. Luke v. 4.

    So short a stay prevails;
    He soons equips the ship, supplies the sails,
    And gives the word to launch. Dryden.

    For general history, Raleigh and Howel are to be had. He who would launch farther into the ocean, may consult Whear. John Locke.

    From hence that gen’ral care and study springs,
    That launching and progression of the mind. Davies.

    Whoever pursues his own thoughts, will find them launch out beyond the extent of body into the infinity of space. John Locke.

    In our language Edmund Spenser has not contented himself with this submissive manner of imitation: he launches out into very flow’ry paths, which still conduct him into one great road. Matthew Prior, Preface to Solomon.

    He had not acted in the character of a suppliant, if he had launched out into a long oration. William Broome, Odyssey.

    I have launched out of my subject on this article. Arbuth.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Launchverb

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

  2. Launchverb

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

  3. Launchverb

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

  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

  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

  6. Launchnoun

    the act of launching

  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

  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

  9. 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.

Editors Contribution

  1. launchverb

    To hurl (something) forcefully; fling.

    I launched the ball in the air and shockingly, I caught it!


    Submitted by zakaria1409 on June 29, 2022  

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 for launch »

  1. nuchal

  2. chulan

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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. Jenny Wall:

    ‘Seinfeld’ is one of those rare shows that continues to influence pop culture to this day, so what better way to launch its streaming debut than to celebrate the fans and give them a chance to relive the scenes from some of the most iconic moments in TV history?

  2. Avner Halperin:

    This funding enables us to continue to grow as well as launch consumer digital health offerings.

  3. Richard Branson:

    This investment will ensure that Virgin Orbit has the capital required to go and build upon Virgin Orbit incredible foundation and continue its rapid transition into a successful commercial space launch company.

  4. Mike Pence:

    Last December [ in fact, Jan. 2, 2019 ], China became the first nation to land on the far side of the moon, and revealed their ambition to seize the lunar strategic high ground and become the worlds pre-eminent spacefaring nation, and for more than seven years, without a viable human space launch program of our own, Russia has been charging the United States more than $80 million a seat every time an American astronaut travels to the International Space Station.

  5. Maat Morrison:

    There's always time to launch your dreams

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