- (UK) enPR: lônch, IPA: /lɔːntʃ/, SAMPA: /lO:ntS/
- (US) enPR: lônch, IPA: /lɑntʃ/, /lɔntʃ/, SAMPA: /lAntS/, /lOntS/
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- Rhymes: -ɔːntʃ
Third person singular
- (transitive) To throw, as a lance or dart; to hurl; to let fly; to take off, propel with force
- launch the space shuttle, launch a ship
- (transitive, obsolete) To strike with, or as with, a lance; to pierce.
- (transitive) To cause to move or slide from the land into the water; to set afloat; as, to launch a ship.
- (transitive) To send out; to start (one) on a career; to set going; to give a start to (something); to put in operation.
- launch a son in the world
- launch a business project or enterprise.
- (A date for this quote is being sought): All art is used to sink episcopacy, and launch presbytery in England. - Eikon Basilike
- (intransitive, often with out) 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.
- 1969, Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, ch. 23:
- My class was wearing butter-yellow pique dresses, and Momma launched out on mine. She smocked the yoke into tiny crisscrossing puckers, then shirred the rest of the bodice.
throw, hurl, let fly, propel with force
strike with, or as with, a lance; to pierce
cause to move or slide from the land into the water
send out; start on a career; set going; give a start to; put in operation
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- The act of launching.
- The movement of a vessel from land into the water; especially, the sliding on ways from the stocks on which it is built. (Compare: to splash a ship.)
- (nautical) The boat of the largest size and/or of most importance belonging to a ship of war, and often called the "captain's boat" or "captain's launch".
- (nautical) A boat used to convey guests to and from a yaucht.
- (nautical) An open boat of any size powered by steam, naphtha, electricity, or the like. (Compare Spanish lancha.)
act of launching
movement of a vessel from land into the water
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