launch·​er ˈlȯn-chər How to pronounce launcher (audio)
: one that launches: such as
: a device for firing grenades
: a device for launching a missile

Examples of launcher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mexican officials later found parts used to make grenade launchers in a house Pierson had shared with Garcia. The Courier-Journal, 28 Mar. 2024 One of the strikes was against a mobile missile launcher and the other was against an unmanned aerial system, the sources said, noting they were conducted between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sanaa time. NBC News, 20 Feb. 2024 Israel also claims to have destroyed 700 rocket launchers, and as a consequence, rocket attacks on Israel have dramatically decreased, although Hamas continues to be able to launch rockets. Raphael S. Cohen, Foreign Affairs, 16 Feb. 2024 In one, he is accused along with two other officers of conspiring to violate civil rights through dog bites and the use of less-lethal launchers. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, 6 Feb. 2024 For example, the U.K. slapping sanctions on Russian jailors themselves trapped in Siberian prison jobs are not likely to matter much to Putin’s missile launchers or to Putin’s coffers. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Fortune, 22 Mar. 2024 Since August, Pyongyang has shipped about 6,700 containers to Russia, which could accommodate more than 3 million rounds of 152 mm artillery shells or more than 500,000 rounds of 122 mm multiple rocket launchers, according to Shin’s ministry. Yoonjung Seo, CNN, 28 Feb. 2024 One strike was against a mobile missile launcher and the other against an unmanned aerial system, the sources said. Doha Madani, NBC News, 21 Feb. 2024 Mitrani had been walking toward the vehicle, knife in hand, after leading officers on a slow procession along Burbank Boulevard, during which police struck him several times with a stun gun and a projectile launcher. Libor Jany, Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of launcher was in 1911

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“Launcher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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