Launch
Launch Launch (l[add]nch or l[aum]nch), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Launched} (l[add]ncht or l[aum]ncht); p. pr. & vb. n. {Launching}.] [OE. launchen to throw as a lance, OF. lanchier, another form of lancier, F. lancer, fr. lance lance. See {Lance}.] [Written also {lanch}.] 1. To throw, as a lance or dart; to hurl; to let fly. [1913 Webster]

2. To strike with, or as with, a lance; to pierce. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Launch your hearts with lamentable wounds. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. To cause to move or slide from the land into the water; to set afloat; as, to launch a ship. [1913 Webster]

With stays and cordage last he rigged the ship, And rolled on levers, launched her in the deep. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

4. 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. [1913 Webster]

All art is used to sink episcopacy, and launch presbytery in England. --Eikon Basilike. [1913 Webster]


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  • launch — launch1 [lônch] vt. [ME launchen < OFr lanchier < LL(Ec) lanceare, to wield a lance < L lancea, LANCE] 1. to hurl, discharge, or send off (a weapon, blow, etc.) 2. to send forth with some force [to launch a plane by catapult] 3. to cause …   English World dictionary

  • Launch — [lɔ:n(t)ʃ] der; , es <aus gleichbed. engl. launch zu to launch, vgl. ↑launchen> (von neuen Produkten) Einführung auf dem Markt; Lancierung (bes. Werbespr.) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • launch — Ⅰ. launch [1] ► VERB 1) move (a boat or ship) from land into the water. 2) send out or hurl (a rocket or other missile). 3) begin (an enterprise) or introduce (a new product). 4) (launch into) begin energetically and enthusiastically. ► …   English terms dictionary

  • Launch — Launch, n. 1. The act of launching. [1913 Webster] 2. The movement of a vessel from land into the water; especially, the sliding on ways from the stocks on which it is built. [1913 Webster] 3. [Cf. Sp. lancha.] (Naut.) The boat of the largest… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Launch — 〈 [lɔ:ntʃ] m.; Gen.: (e)s, Pl.: (e)s〉 Einführung (das Bekanntmachen, Bewerben u. geschickte Platzieren) eines neuen Produktes auf dem Markt; der Launch einer neuen Produktlinie [Etym.: engl.] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

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