from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A military machine for hurling missiles, such as large stones or spears, used in ancient and medieval times.
- n. A mechanism for launching aircraft at a speed sufficient for flight, as from the deck of a carrier.
- n. A slingshot.
- transitive v. To hurl or launch from or as if from a catapult.
- intransitive v. To become catapulted; spring or bolt.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A device or weapon for throwing or launching large objects, such as a mechanical aid on aircraft carriers designed to help airplanes take off from the flight deck.
- n. slingshot
- n. An instance of firing a missile from a catapult.
- n. An instance of firing something, as if from a catapult.
- v. To fire a missile from a catapult.
- v. To fire or launch something, as if from a catapult.
- v. To increase the status of something rapidly.
- v. To be fired from a catapult or as if from a catapult.
- v. To have one's status increased rapidly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An engine somewhat resembling a massive crossbow, used by the ancient Greeks and Romans for throwing stones, arrows, spears, etc.
- n. A forked stick with elastic band for throwing small stones, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Roman antiquity, a military engine used to throw darts of great size, called phalarica or trifax.
- n. A small forked stick to each prong of which is attached an elastic band, generally provided with a piece of leather in the middle, used by boys for throwing small missiles, such as stones, peas, paper pellets, and the like.
- To hurl, as a missile, as from a catapult.
- To shoot at with a catapult: as, to catapult birds.
- To use a catapult in hurling missiles.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. shoot forth or launch, as if from a catapult
- n. a device that launches aircraft from a warship
- v. hurl as if with a sling
- n. an engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles
- n. a plaything consisting of a Y-shaped stick with elastic between the arms; used to propel small stones
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They bring the aircraft into position, get them ready to be attached to that incredibly strong catapult, which is operated by a huge steam piston underneath the deck here.
I remember also, when a boy, using a very effective weapon, which I should describe as a catapult gun.
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Cameron said the U.K. will press ahead with the construction of two aircraft carriers, though the launch of the first will be deferred to 2020 from 2016 to allow for the fitting of so-called catapult and arrester gear.
"See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda." —
“See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.”