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catapult

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noun cat·a·pult \ˈka-tə-ˌpəlt, -ˌpu̇lt\

Simple Definition of catapult

  • : an ancient weapon used for throwing large rocks

  • : a device for launching an airplane from the deck of an aircraft carrier

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of catapult

  1. 1 :  an ancient military device for hurling missiles

  2. 2 :  a device for launching an airplane at flying speed (as from an aircraft carrier)

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Origin and Etymology of catapult

Middle French or Latin; Middle French catapulte, from Latin catapulta, from Greek katapaltēs, from kata- + pallein to hurl


First Known Use: 1577


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catapult

verb cat·a·pult

Simple Definition of catapult

  • : to throw (something) with a catapult

  • : to cause (someone or something) to quickly move up or ahead or to a better position

  • : to quickly move up or ahead : to quickly advance to a better position

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of catapult

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to throw or launch by or as if by a catapult

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become catapulted <he catapulted to fame>

Examples of catapult in a sentence

  1. They catapulted rocks toward the castle.

  2. The publicity catapulted her CD to the top of the charts.

  3. The novel catapulted him from unknown to best-selling author.

  4. He catapulted to fame after his first book was published.

  5. Her career was catapulting ahead.



1848

First Known Use of catapult

1848


CATAPULT Defined for Kids

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catapult

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noun cat·a·pult \ˈka-tə-ˌpəlt\

Definition of catapult for Students

  1. 1 :  an ancient military machine for hurling stones and arrows

  2. 2 :  a device for launching an airplane from the deck of a ship




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catapult

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verb cat·a·pult

Definition of catapult for Students

catapulted

catapulting

  1. 1 :  to throw by or as if by a catapult <She catapulted herself out of the door. — Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy>

  2. 2 :  to quickly advance <The movie role catapulted her to fame.>





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