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1catapult

noun cat·a·pult \ˈka-tə-ˌpəlt, -ˌplt\

: an ancient weapon used for throwing large rocks

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

Full Definition of CATAPULT

1
:  an ancient military device for hurling missiles
2
:  a device for launching an airplane at flying speed (as from an aircraft carrier)

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Origin of CATAPULT

Middle French or Latin; Middle French catapulte, from Latin catapulta, from Greek katapaltēs, from kata- + pallein to hurl
First Known Use: 1577

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

Rhymes with CATAPULT

2catapult

verb

: 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

Full Definition of CATAPULT

transitive verb
:  to throw or launch by or as if by a catapult
intransitive verb
:  to become catapulted <he catapulted to fame>

Examples of CATAPULT

  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.

First Known Use of CATAPULT

1848

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical
CATAPULTED Defined for Kids

1catapult

noun cat·a·pult \ˈka-tə-ˌpəlt\

Definition of CATAPULT for Kids

1
:  an ancient military machine for hurling stones and arrows
2
:  a device for launching an airplane from the deck of a ship

2catapult

verb
cat·a·pult·edcat·a·pult·ing

Definition of CATAPULT for Kids

1
:  to throw by or as if by a catapult <She catapulted herself out of the door. — Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy>
2
:  to quickly advance <The movie role catapulted her to fame.>

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