Launch

Definition of Launch

Pronunciation: lạnch or länch
v. i.1.To throw, as a lance or dart; to hurl; to let fly.
[imp. & p. p. Launched (lạncht or läncht); p. pr. & vb. n. Launching.]
2.To strike with, or as with, a lance; to pierce.
Launch your hearts with lamentable wounds.
- Spenser.
3.To cause to move or slide from the land into the water; to set afloat; as, to launch a ship.
With stays and cordage last he rigged the ship,
And rolled on levers, launched her in the deep.
- Pope.
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.
All art is used to sink episcopacy, and launch presbytery in England.
- Eikon Basilike.
1.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.
Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.
- Luke v. 4.
He [Spenser] launches out into very flowery paths.
- Prior.
n.1.The act of launching.
2.The movement of a vessel from land into the water; especially, the sliding on ways from the stocks on which it is built.
3.(Naut.) 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.
Launching ways
(Naut.) See Way, n. (Naut.).

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