launch·​er | \ ˈlȯn-chər How to pronounce launcher (audio) , ˈlän- \

Definition of launcher

: one that launches: such as
a : a device for firing grenades
b : a device for launching a missile

Examples of launcher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unstoppable grenade launcher, and a 9 energy mod that increases damage to bosses or champions after damaging them and reloads your other weapons. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 11 May 2021 Using a 747 as a launcher, the Pentagon could also do it surreptitiously. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2021 In a typical two-stage launch, the first stage launcher is discarded after a few minutes and falls in a generally predictable area. Taylor Umlauf, WSJ, 7 May 2021 For example, in a future conflict, an F-35 might detect an enemy ballistic missile launcher and decide it’s too heavily defended to attack. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 4 May 2021 Rather than continuously utilizing just one or two guns, physically disabled individuals have the option to easily swap between an assault rifle, shotgun, sniper or rocket launcher. Washington Post, 4 May 2021 But ultimately, how Wilson uses his rocket-launcher of a right arm is likely to play the biggest role in defining the Jets' future, for good or bad. Andy Vasquez, USA TODAY, 30 Apr. 2021 The second-most-riveting long-range launcher of this era. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Apr. 2021 Beyond guns, the Type-X can also support a loitering munition launcher or a way to fire drones that can explode into targets like missiles. Popular Science, 5 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of launcher

1911, in the meaning defined above

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2 Jun 2021

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“Launcher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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