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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v launch begin with vigor "He launched into a long diatribe","She plunged into a dangerous adventure"
    • v launch smoothen the surface of "launch plaster"
    • v launch propel with force "launch the space shuttle","Launch a ship"
    • v launch get going; give impetus to "launch a career","Her actions set in motion a complicated judicial process"
    • v launch launch for the first time; launch on a maiden voyage "launch a ship"
    • v launch set up or found "She set up a literacy program"
    • n launch the act of propelling with force
    • n launch a motorboat with an open deck or a half deck
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Launch of the Fulton 1st Launch of the Fulton 1st
Steam-Launch Steam-Launch
Launch-Engine Launch-Engine
The Falmouth. East Indiaman. Launched 1752 The Falmouth. East Indiaman. Launched 1752

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The USSR launched the world's first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, in 1957.
    • Launch The act of launching.
    • Launch (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.
    • Launch The movement of a vessel from land into the water; especially, the sliding on ways from the stocks on which it is built.
    • Launch 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."
    • v. i Launch 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.""He [Spenser launches out into very flowery paths."
    • Launch 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."
    • Launch To strike with, or as with, a lance; to pierce. "Launch your hearts with lamentable wounds."
    • Launch To throw, as a lance or dart; to hurl; to let fly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The only flying saucer launch pad in the world is located in St. Paul, Alberta, Canada
    • launch To throw or hurl, as a lance; dart; let fly.
    • launch To pierce or cut with or as with a lance or lancet; lance.
    • launch To move or cause to slide from the land into the water: as, to launch a ship.
    • launch To send out into another sphere of duty, another field of activity, or the like: as, to launch one on the world.
    • launch Naut.:
    • launch To lower suddenly on the fid (a topmast or topgallantmast which has been swayed up).
    • launch To move (heavy bodies, as casks, spars, etc.) by pushing.
    • launch To lay out or plant, as leeks, in trenches.
    • launch To leap; skip.
    • launch To move a ship from the land into the water.
    • launch To move or come into new relations; enter upon a different course or career; make a transition: as, to launch into the world, or into a wide field of discussion: often with out: as, to launch out into extravagant expenditure.
    • n launch A sudden leap; a skip.
    • n launch The sliding or movement of a boat or vessel from the land into the water; more particularly, the sliding of a newly built ship from the stocks into the water, on ways prepared for the purpose.
    • n launch A large boat; specifically, the largest boat carried by a man-of-war, generally sloop-rigged and pulling from sixteen to twenty-two oars. A howitzer can be carried in the bow or the stern.
    • n launch A lancing.
    • n launch A trap used for taking eels, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A dog by the name of Laika was launched into space aboard the Russian spacecraft Sputnik 2 in 1957
    • v.t Launch länsh to throw as a lance or spear:
    • v.i Launch to go forth, as a ship into the water: to come into new relations, make a transition
    • n Launch act of launching or moving a newly-built ship from the stocks into the water: the largest boat carried by a man-of-war:
    • v.t Launch länsh (Shak.) to pierce or cut with a lance: to send forth: to cause to slide into the water
    • n Launch (Spens.) a lancing
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  • Pir Vilayat Khan
    Pir Vilayat Khan
    “It is not good enough for things to be planned -- they still have to be done; for the intention to become a reality, energy has to be launched into operation.”
  • Denis Waitley
    “If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won t, you most assuredly won t. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.”
  • Christopher Marlowe
    “Was this the face that launched a thousand ships, and burnt the topless towers of Ileum?”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.”
  • William Faulkner
    “The last sound on the worthless earth will be two human beings trying to launch a homemade spaceship and already quarreling about where they are going next.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If you want to launch big ships you have to go where the water is deep.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. launchen, to throw as a lance, OF. lanchier, another form of lancier, F. lancer, fr. lance, lance. See Lance


In literature:

Got some sort of launch alongside, towing her.
"Gold Out of Celebes" by Aylward Edward Dingle
Half an hour later Clare went with him to the coaling wharf, where a launch lay at some steps.
"Brandon of the Engineers" by Harold Bindloss
It is of great use in starting a launch.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Just at this time he was launching the greatest of all his traveling enterprises.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
Then the naptha launch was moved back, and away she went, carrying the steam launch with her.
"The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview" by Ralph Bonehill
By a miracle it escaped being completely run down by the launch.
"Madge Morton's Victory" by Amy D.V. Chalmers
A third figure launched itself into the melee.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
The coach, Miss Mallory, beckoned the assistant boatman and ordered out the launch.
"Ruth Fielding At College" by Alice B. Emerson
Above the patter of the rain he heard the putt-putt of a motor launch.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
After this we succeeded in launching our vessel, but again a terrible misfortune happened.
"The Red True Story Book" by Various

In poetry:

You've launched in a new vessel,
And down life's stream you're going,
Remember that life's tides will rise,
And life's winds will be blowing.
"Just Married" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Lifted like Saul's above the crowd,
Upon his kingly forehead fell
The first sharp bolt of Slavery's cloud,
Launched at the truth he urged so well.
"Sumner" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Drifting forever here
Barks that for many a year
Braved wind and weather;
Shallops but yesterday
Launched on yon shining bay,--
Drawn all together.
"Lone Mountain" by Francis Bret Harte
Then they launched her from the tressels,
In the ship-yard by the sea;
She was the grandest of all vessels,
Never ship was built in Norway
Half so fine as she!
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XIII. -- The Building Of" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Brother of all, with generous hand,
Of thee, pondering on thee, as o'er thy tomb, I and my Soul,
A thought to launch in memory of thee,
A burial verse for thee.
"Brother Of All, With Generous Hand" by Walt Whitman
But, with weakness and the biting cold,
Several of fhe sailors let go their hold;
And, alas, fell into the yawning sea,
Poor souls! and were launched into eternity.
"The Wreck of the 'Indian Chief'" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

A&E is set to launch its new series, "Longmire," this summer.
NEW YORK–New Zealand-based Ascend Rugs has launched an augmented reality application for the iPad, making it easy to trial and select from its range of handmade wool rugs.
World Fuel Services Launches Ascent .
World Fuel Services Launches Ascent Fuel Brand.
Collins employees and NSTA board members help launch the first NEXBUS.
ODOT to launch ads at rest stops, sell naming rights to roads and bridges.
The launch of an unmanned SpaceX rocket automatically shut down at the last second early Saturday morning, pushing back the first cargo run by a privately built spacecraft to the International Space Station to Tuesday at the earliest.
Daughter's gift launches Jim Atchison 's dog park project.
The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket stands on space launch complex 40 ready for launch Sunday at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral .
The Falcon 9 and Dragon spacecraft stand at Space Launch Complex 40 ahead of the upcoming launch to the International Space Station.
The Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1, South Korea's second space rocket, sits on its launch pad at the Naro Space Center in Goheung, South Korea, Wednesday.
Pharma manufacturers expressed a clear interest in launching new mobile initiatives in the coming months - if they haven't launched them already - but.
How to Launch the Program that Launches Students.
The National Space Society congratulates NASA and the United Launch Alliance (ULA) team on a successful launch of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) including the Curiosity surface rover.
STS-132 Launch Tweetup participants gather in front of Space Shuttle Atlantis as it sits on the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center, Thursday, May 13, 2010, in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

In science:

Until the launch of BATSE , γ -ray burst theories outnumbered the bursts themselves.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
Define a quantum search algorithm as follows: startin g in |x1 i launch an |xi-measured quantum random walk as in Def. 3.2, where |xi is the marked state we are searching for.
Quantum Random Walks Hit Exponentially Faster
Once the linear method is developed, we use it as a launching pad into the realms of nonlinear multigrid and nonlinear adaptive multigrid.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
To excite the system we initially launched a short ∼ 10f s pulse at every grid point.
A study of random laser modes in disordered photonic crystals
We set up our initial conditions and nondimensionalization of the launch problem in §5, before presenting an overview of our numerical results in §6.
Trapped Protostellar Winds and their Breakout