Definitions for: Launch


[n] the act of propelling with force
[n] a motorboat with an open deck or a half deck
[v] take off or begin; "launch into a speech"
[v] begin with vigor; "He launched into a long diatribe"; "She plunged into a dangerous adventure"
[v] smoothen the surface of; "float plaster"
[v] propel with force; "launch the space shuttle"; "Launch a ship"
[v] get going; give impetus to; "launch a career"; "Her actions set in motion a complicated judicial process"
[v] launch for the first time; launch on a maiden voyage; "launch a ship"
[v] put up
[v] set up or found; "She set up a literacy program"



Webster (1913) Definition: Launch, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Launched; 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.

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

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.


Launch, v. i.
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.


Launch, 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. [Cf. Sp. lancha.] (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.).

Synonyms: establish, found, launching, mount, plunge, set in motion, set up

Antonyms: abolish, get rid of

See Also: actuation, begin, blast off, commence, displace, float, get, impel, initiate, launch, motorboat, move, open, open up, pioneer, powerboat, propel, propulsion, rocket firing, rocket launching, set about, set out, smooth, smoothen, start, start out

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