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catapult

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

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)

Illustration of catapult

Origin and Etymology of catapult

Medieval French or Latin; Medieval 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

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 English Language Learners

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catapult

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

Definition of catapult for English Language Learners

  • : an ancient weapon used for throwing large rocks

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


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catapult

verb cat·a·pult

Definition of catapult for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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

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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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