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Meaning of LAUNCH

Pronunciation:  lonch

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

LAUNCH is a 6 letter word that starts with L.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
    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
             All art is used to sink episcopacy, and launch
             presbytery in England.                --Eikon
  2. \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.
  3. \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.).
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