What does launch mean?

Definitions for launch
lɔntʃ, lɑntʃlaunch

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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"

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

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


  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. launch

    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.

    Submitted by MaryC on June 23, 2015  

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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  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. Robert Wolf:

    Everyone has one day to launch.

  2. Maat Morrison:

    There's always time to launch your dreams

  3. Dan Hart:

    This test puts us into a pre-launch posture.

  4. Chief Executive Officer Rupert Pearce:

    We've never had a launch failure in our history.

  5. Kathy Winters:

    It looks pretty promising weather-wise for launch.

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